Colocation giant Equinix has announced the build of a new flagship data centre in London.
Housed within its London Slough campus, the company asserts the new data centre will cost around £90 million with the goal to be operational in the second quarter of next year.
The new facility will bring Equinix’s UK footprint to 12 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres and the company says this is necessary to support the relentless demand for interconnection bandwidth capacity from enterprises that are seeking a competitive advantage in the digital era.
The UK data centres are all based off the ‘Platform Equinix’ which is what the company uses for its 200 data centres in 52 different markets around the world. With current expansion projects included, Equinix’s total investment into the London metro area will exceed £930 million.
"London is one of the most important connection points in the world and we expect this growth to continue as the city continues to play a crucial role in powering the global digital economy,” says Equinix UK managing director Russel Poole.
“LD7 will be one of the most technologically advanced colocation data centers in the world and will be a major addition to our thriving London Slough campus. This latest data centre will also act as a sustainability benchmark for future data centres – something we are very passionate about."
Poole says the company is confident in London’s place as Europe’s major financial hub and one of the world’s greatest commercial cities, regardless of what happens with ongoing negotiations around Brexit.
According to Equinix’s Global Interconnection Index Volume 2, interconnection bandwidth in Europe is expected to grow 48 percent per annum to reach 1,900+ Tbps by 2021. With an average growth rate of 52 percent, London is set to contribute over 35 percent of Europe's growth, more than tripling its private data exchange between businesses from 195 Tbps to 681 Tbps. This represents the largest volume of data privately flowing between business.
The company is also committed to its long-term goal of using 100 percent clean and renewable and lowering its carbon footprint, with LD7 acting as an expression of its future intentions and built to LEED gold certified standards.
Here are some of the highlights of the new facility: