A milestone in a commitment to invest £500 million into new UK data centres, following the confirmation of a trade deal between the UK and Japan, it’s expected that the new NTT London 1 centre will go on to employ 100 people with technical and operational skills.
Based in Dagenham, East London, close to an already established internet hub, which facilitates the majority of the London Internet Exchange’s (LINX) infrastructure, the new centre will have 25,600 sqm of IT space, and a maximum IT load of 64 MW once fully operational.
Its operations will provide businesses with physical and technical infrastructure that’s supported by N+1 UPS systems and generator backup, while promising to only utilise guaranteed renewable power.
In addition, London 1 includes a Technology Experience Lab, which will be used to test new technologies, and validate hybrid cloud services and innovations faster, at a lower cost.
The technology provided by the centre will eradicate the need for compressors and refrigerants, which can have a significant impact on global warming, and will deliver a power usage effectiveness of 1.2, which is aligned with industry best practice.
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“The London 1 Data Centre is the latest addition to our NTT global portfolio,” said Masaaki Moribayashi, senior executive vice-president, services at NTT Ltd.
“Offering flexible, scalable and secure infrastructure along with customisable solutions, London 1 Data Centre has been designed to accommodate a wide range of NTT clients and partners, from large scale cloud/SaaS providers to enterprise clients, who require full-stack services such as managed hybrid cloud solutions with global network services delivered from an industry-leading and carrier-neutral colocation facility.
“It is a great advantage that we can provide a variety of cloud infrastructure services such as private cloud, public cloud, and colocation within the same data centre.”
Florian Winkler, CEO of the Global Data Centres EMEA division of NTT Ltd., added: “We’re extremely proud to be opening London 1 Data Centre. UK data centres are a critical enabler of global business and ensure business continuity 365 days a year.
“The pandemic has demonstrated the vital importance of effective connectivity and reliable infrastructure for businesses to operate.”