Virtus has taken its most recent data centres online at its Stockley Park campus on the outskirts of London.
The two sites, Virtus London5 and London6, will deliver a total of 40MW of capacity and will be the first two facilities to go live on the campus. The addition of these two facilities brings Virtus’ total London capacity up to 90MW.
There are also plans for a 25MW London7 facility at the campus, which would bring the total to 115MW across the capital. This puts Virtus into the UK’s top three colocation operators and the UK’s largest operator in London, according to the company.
The development of these new sites, says the company’s CEO, Neil Cresswell, is because of huge demand in the UK market. “The go-live of our Data Centre Campus at Stockley Park is part of an important year for Virtus,” Cresswell said.
“We continue to see a burgeoning demand for colocation in the UK data centre market, as enterprises and cloud providers scale out their platforms to meet user demand for digital services.
“Importantly, we also have a power and space road-map in London of over 100MW that can continue to support customers as their needs change and their businesses grow. We look forward to a successful 2018 and beyond, as we continue to meet the demands of a dynamic market.”
Stockley Park – future proofing
A key point for Virtus is its ability to future-proof its business. The seventeen-acre campus at Stockley Park is, it says ‘one of the most advanced data centre facilities in the UK’ and has the secured power capacity to increase to 120MVA of incoming power. The campus is Tier III certified and, Virtus says, flexible enough to offer customers long-term solutions.
The first pre-let customer is already live, says Virtus. One of the major draws for its customers will be its positioning, between Slough and London. The campus sits on the site of the intersection of UK telecom carriers London resilient fibre loops and low latency fibre paths between Slough and London.
Because of these connectivity advantages, the company says, the campus will be able to handle the requirements of a range of customers, ‘from hyper-scalers to proprietary and high-frequency trading companies.’
The London data centre scene is highly competitive, with new builds constantly ongoing. NTT Communications has applied for permission to build a new site in Dagenham, The Stack recently found.