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Zayo expands Europe data centre network with new UK facility

17 Apr 18

Zayo Group Holdings is looking to stamp its mark on the European data centre front by expanding its presence with a new facility in Feltham, the UK.

The colocation facility (part of Zayo’s zColo segment) is the company’s first data centre in the London metro area and will reportedly add 30,000 total square feet and 3.6 megawatts (MW) of critical power.

Zayo currently has 47 data centres across the US and Canada, and three in France, so this is not only the company’s first foray into London but also its first country in Europe outside of France.

The looming Brexit and potential implications it will bring appear to be providing no obstacle as Zayo asserts the new data centre is being driven by commitment from a major anchor tenant and strong demand in the UK.

The carrier-neutral facility is located at the centre of the UK’s major telecom networks and minutes from Heathrow - Zayo says it will provide extensive interconnectivity as well as access to Zayo’s global fibre backbone.

“This new data centre strengthens our commitment to the UK, providing customers with an excellent option for colocation and high-capacity fibre connectivity,” says Zayo’s zColo business segment senior vice president TJ Karklins.

“This facility will offer low-latency connectivity to Slough, city centre, and even around central London for connection directly to France and the rest of Europe. We look forward to delivering high-compliance, network-neutral solutions from our growing European platform.”

Zayo says the growth in consumer content, mobile business services, technology, businesses and webscale providers is resulting in huge demand for colocation space in London.

In the past Zayo has leveraged network assets from Geo and Viatel with the intent to grow its UK-based fibre business, and now Karklins says the new data centre will provide an in-country location for these customers, meeting their requirements for high-capacity infrastructure that complies with Brexit-related data sovereignty laws.