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Wednesday, 26 February

London2 - Construction Starts on Energy Efficient, Advanced Data Centre

Construction work has started on Virtus’ new data centre, London2. The data centre will deploy ground breaking cooling technology which will dramatically decrease energy consumption, bringing site power usage effectiveness (PUE) to below 1.2 and delivering substantial TCO (total cost of ownership) reductions to Virtus’ clients.

Located in Hayes (Junction 3 of the M4) the site will deliver 11.4MW of IT power, and 65,000sq.ft of net customer data centre space. In addition, the site has extensive premium client office space, board rooms and meeting facilities particularly aimed at the growing community of managed service providers, systems integrators, digital media, and financial institutions. 20MVA of power infrastructure has already been delivered to the site, which is expected to be ready for client occupation in the summer of 2014.

By using advanced, fresh-air, evaporative cooling technology, solar panels, ground water from its own well, chimney racks for heat extraction, efficient UPS systems and other technologies, London2 is on track to be one of the most efficient data centres in London. The centre also utilises 100% green power from renewable sources and heat pumps to recirculate heat generated by the IT equipment into communal areas.

Neil Cresswell, Virtus’ CEO, commented: “We have started construction of one of the most advanced data centres in the UK. The facility will have six data halls, all capable of being subdivided allowing clients to have anything from a cabinet in a shared space to their own suite or data hall with dedicated power and cooling.

“Another advantage of our new data centre is its flexibility and the cost efficiencies gained by deploying ultra-high power density cabinets of up to 40kW, which can be clustered or installed next to standard power density cabinets without clients having to invest in costly in-row cooling.”

The centre is being built away from main roads and behind five metre security fences, with 24/7 on site security, technical support and monitoring centres. It will incorporate on-line real-time monitoring dashboards and self-service tools for clients to use either remotely or in one of on-site dedicated rooms or café areas that are being designed into the facility.

London2 is located in a fibre rich area and when opened, will immediately offer a wide choice of carriers - currently four of which are Tier 1.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

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