Mayor of London congratulates Virtus Data Centres on commencement of works at LONDON2

Boris Johnson City HallLondon, 5 November 2013 – Virtus Data Centres Ltd, (Virtus), London’s flexible and efficient data centre specialists has announced its plan for expansion of its London data centre portfolio and the start of construction of its second site in West London, LONDON2.

Virtus’ new flagship data centre is designed to meet the growing demand for scalable, reliable, on-demand colocation services and will be the first in London to deploy a new ground breaking fresh-air, evaporative cooling technology that dramatically decreases energy consumption, bringing site power usage effectiveness (PUE) to below 1.2, delivering substantial savings to Virtus’ clients.

 

By using this evaporative cooling technology together with solar panels, ground water from its own well, chimney racks for heat extraction, highly efficient UPS systems, and other innovative technologies Virtus LONDON2 will be the most energy-efficient data centre in London. It will reduce its environmental impact even further by using 100% green power from renewable sources and heat pumps to recirculate heat generated by the IT equipment into communal areas.

 

Mayor of London Boris Johnson welcomed the new investment in Virtus LONDON2 and commented “I’m delighted that Virtus has chosen to invest in London again. London is leading the global digital technology revolution and is the world’s leading technology hub with great British technology, creativity and innovation.  Up and coming companies like Virtus are at the heart of that whole explosion of talent in London and I’m delighted to see them using so many state of the art ways of saving energy and improving efficiency.”

 

Steve Norris, Chairman of Virtus Data Centres, and himself a former Mayoral candidate added: “Virtus is one of London’s technology success stories, growing fast in the 3 years since we opened the door of our first site in Enfield.  That growth is  fuelled by the boom in technology, media and mobile activity in London. We wanted our LONDON2 facility to be right at the cutting edge of environmental efficiency and we’re proud of what we’ve started.  We’re also looking at other sites for LONDON3. Virtus’ on-going commitment to innovate in-line with the way businesses need data centre space ensures that our customers can rely on maximum flexibility, quality, service and value.”

Virtus Data Centres becomes the first provider of Colocation To The IBM Solutions Store

Virtus, London’s flexible and efficient data centre provider, announced today that it has joined the IBM Solutions Store, providing Colocation options to complete the stack of offerings within the IBM Solution Store – from the data centre to the application.

 

IBM’s Solutions Store is a collaborative marketplace for industry leading IBM-focused vendors and end-to-end solutions providers – including managed service providers (MSPs), independent software vendors (ISVs), cloud service providers (CSPs) end users (such as corporate IT departments) and now with the addition of Virtus: colocation data centres in London.

 

Announcing the new move, Virtus CEO Neil Cresswell said, “For most MSPs, ISPs and CSPs the solutions they build within this environment will need a ‘home’ for the servers and networking equipment.  That home can now be an IBM Solutions Store London data centre owned and operated by Virtus.

 

“Virtus already has a thriving community of MSPs, ISVs and CSPs growing in its highly flexible and efficient data centre space in London. So it makes perfect sense to become part of the IBM Solutions community and deliver the high quality colocation facilities these partners need in order to complete their IT projects,” added Cresswell.

 

For Solution Store end users, beginning-to-end IBM solutions are now available through IBM and its partners, and for IBM Solution Store partners, efficient, flexible, high-quality connectivity-rich and affordable colocation is available directly from Virtus.

 

As an IBM Solutions Store Partner, Virtus will offer cooperative and collaborative marketing and business development initiatives with other Solutions Store Partners who provide complementary services such as managed services, or application hosting. Virtus will also offer partners office space and demonstration facilities at its data centres for them and their clients.

 

Virtus’ track record of not only 100% uptime, but also of successful implementation of data centre environments, matches the quality and commitment of other partners in the IBM Solutions Store. Virtus has helped numerous MSPs, ISVs and Cloud providers to design solutions and then rapidly deploy them.

 

Flexibility and affordability are high on the list too – with products like the recently launched CoLo-on-Demand; Virtus’ colocation costs were recently reported to be half those of Docklands-based data centres. Building connectivity-rich data centres means that there are also many high quality competitive carriers available at Virtus facilities.

 

“With our flexible product offerings, unique outer London locations (as little as 0.17 milliseconds round trip latency to London’s financial centres), our eco-efficient designs and the lowest possible TCO in London,  Virtus is the ideal colocation partner for IBM based IT solutions,” said Cresswell

 

“Above all we help our partners to find new business opportunities and we pride ourselves in being the most flexible and ‘easy to do business with’ data centre company in London.”

Virtus Data Centres sponsors IP Expo – The ONE place for ALL the big questions

Virtus, the provider of London’s most flexible and efficient data centre solutions, announced today that it is sponsoring IP Expo at London’s Earls Court  on the 16th and 17th October.

 

Neil Cresswell, CEO of Virtus, commented: “I am delighted that Virtus is sponsoring the IP Expo; one of the major events bringing together all players of the modern interconnected digital market place. Virtus understands the needs of the Cloud world and is committed to developing flexible colocation products to help start-up and established Cloud and IT service providers flourish easily. We see an interconnected marketplace as being essential in reducing costs for end users and believe flexibility, efficiency and agility are key in this fast changing IT environment.”

 

To address the modern requirements of Cloud and IT service providers Virtus has developed CoLo-on-Demand and Connectivity-on-Demand products which are designed to give customers the flexibility to purchase colocation services and bandwidth on an on-demand basis, which matches their on-demand business requirements. For the first time, Cloud and IT service providers can flex up or down on space or power consumption by giving only a day’s notice. They pay for what they actually use so their costs are in line with their revenues.

For more information on the CoLo-on-Demand and Connectivity-on-Demand products or to talk about Virtus’ new exciting flagship data centre in Hayes come and see us on stand G31.

 

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About Virtus

Founded in 2008, Virtus is the provider of the most flexible, high-efficiency data centre solutions for cloud/managed service providers and corporate end users in London.

 

We exist to help our clients transform their businesses with flexible, modern and efficient data centre and connectivity solutions, which can be delivered in just a few weeks. Virtus’ unique ability to scale data centre services and connectivity bandwidth up or down on demand ensures clients benefit from the lowest TCOs available in London.

 

The high quality and resiliency of Virtus’ facilities, operations and connectivity services are second to none and ensure reliability, performance and security of your IT. Our environmentally efficient and connectivity-rich services are delivered from centres that we have built, on land that we own, located in prime but cost effective locations close to the centre of London.  Our solutions are available in innovative, flexible commercial packages. Our centres are becoming the heart of the power and connectivity driving the growing cloud and IT services community in London as well as financial, media and mobile businesses.
By owning and designing our data centres we maintain an emphasis on high power density and environmentally friendly cooling technology to deliver the lowest PUEs in outer London (less than 1.2) maximising efficiency and minimising cost and environmental impact for our clients.   This efficiency when combined with our unique locations and flexibility drives significant TCO savings through reductions in power costs, optimisation of powered space, flexible contract terms such as ‘pay as you use’ or ‘pay as you grow’ models and savings on connectivity due to geographical location to central London (less than  0.2 of a millisecond). Through these innovative offerings, Virtus are challenging the traditional London data centre landscape.

 

Our resilient and secure Tier 3 facilities have 100% uptime track records and SLAs, and are designed to be flexible for handling a broad range of requirements from a rack to a customised branded hall, high density, low density or a combination of both, for a day or a decade, for businesses of all sizes and in flexible and affordable packages.

 

Today we continue to innovate in-line with and beyond the way businesses of all types buy data centre and connectivity services, to ensure we exceed our clients’ expectations in quality, flexibility, service and value.

 

For more information please go to: www.virtusdatacentres.com or contact us on twitter: @VirtusDCs.

New Report “Perspective” Finds Virtus London Data Centre Is ‘Great Quality At Half The Cost Of the Docklands’

Citing Virtus LON1 data centre as “North London’s Hidden Gem”, a recent site survey report by colocation and data centre consultants Colo-X has found that the facility represents ‘high quality at half the cost (per kW of IT load) of Docklands based facilities 11 miles to the south’.

 

In the blog post on the Colo-X website, authored by Colo-X founder Tim Anker, he states, “Virtus Enfield presents really well. The facility is clearly well specified and well maintained.  All areas throughout are spotless and, though spotlessness itself has little impact on the technical resilience, I think it shows the overall approach and professionalism of the facility operator”.

 

Anker goes on to state that “The quality of the investment shows.” and “The investment has been made to create a facility to meet the most demanding of users.”

 

Welcoming the opinion, Virtus CEO Neil Cresswell said, “It’s really pleasing to have this type of praise from someone like Tim and Colo-X.  Tim is probably the world’s pre-eminent expert on the London data centre market, it’s all he does and he’s been doing it a long time.  He’s very knowledgeable, very detailed and I’d imagine he’s been inside more London data centres than anyone alive, so to have this kind of praise from him is about as good as it gets.

 

“At Virtus we are focused on delivering the best quality, flexibility, service and value available in the London DC market.  It’s great that the spotlessness of our LON1 facility, the critical attention to detail of our team and the best of breed build, operational systems and procedures we use are recognised as being of the highest quality available.

 

“Quality is important, ultimately we exist to help our clients deliver new modern mobile, media, data and cloud technology based services and revenues to their customers, more cost effectively, more quickly, more securely and more reliably.  High build and operations quality are very important elements in delivering that promise to our customers and the reason we have had a 100 per cent uptime record since Virtus LON1 opened on 11 March 2011.

 

“I think many data centre users are not aware that Virtus LON1, a modern data centre of such high quality and flexibility is the only commercial data centre in North East London, ideally close to Docklands and The City (less than 11 miles away and 0.17 milliseconds round-trip latency). It’s also one of the best connected facilities in London, with access to over 200 Network Providers and as many global Tier 1 and 2 ISPs as many of the other well connected facilities in London.”

 

The new report’s technical findings were that Virtus LON1 facility at Enfield:

–       Now comprises nine distinct data halls ranging in size from just under 400kW up to 1MW.

–       Has an average power density of 1.5kW/sq.m and typical rack densities range from 3.5kW (16amps) up to 10kW in contained cold-aisle pods.  (Virtus states that racks of up to 35kW are also available for Very High Density computing requirements.)

The new Virtus CoLo-on-Demand product means that a start up cloud provider can take a cabinet with only 1kW commitment and simply pay for power usage (which includes cooling) on demand.

 

Of the CoLo-on-Demand service Anker said, “In my mind this flexibility is absolutely perfect for service providers who historically have been tied into fixed contracts – this means they end up paying for more capacity than they need.  The flexibility from the new Virtus product means, for the first time, service providers can easily flex up and down – just like the products and services they are now offering themselves.

New Gambling Tax Legislation Signals Return To The UK For ‘Offshore’ Data Centres

VTS0088 Steven Norris - Headshot - Chairman - Virtus Data CentresThe UK Government is introducing a new law which will remove the tax advantage from betting, gaming and online bingo companies operating their data centres offshore in so-called ‘tax havens’.

“The effects will be more far reaching than these companies realise,” said Stephen Norris, former MP and chairman of Virtus Data Centres, ” From 1st December 2014 not only will UK betting and gaming operators lose their £300 million/year tax advantage, they will soon realise that they are paying way over the odds for electricity, Internet bandwidth, other services and staff airfares for the running of their data centres.”

 

Norris, who is also president of the Data Centre Alliance, continued to explain that with these extra costs – and the inconvenience of having their data centres in far away in places like Gibraltar, Isle-of-Man and the British Virgin Isles – gaming companies will quickly feel the pinch. “These excessive costs will seriously bite into their bottom-line once the tax advantage disappears.

”We forecast that they will soon wish they were enjoying the much cheaper energy and bandwidth costs (plus the convenience of being close to home) of having their data centre located in a state-of-the-art facility like Virtus’ London data centres,” he said.

 

The change to tax law is being introduced because the UK government has identified that it is losing some £300 million in tax revenues from UK gaming companies, many of which have relocated their data centres to a low tax economy.

 

Under the current law the sales transaction is deemed to take place in the data centre, hence the current tax advantage from having the data centre located in a low tax economy.

 

The new law will redefine the ‘legal place’ at which the transaction is deemed to take place. It will now be the address of the UK gamer or gambler’s ISP (Internet service provider), which means that it will be subject to UK taxation no matter where in the world the data centre is located.

 

Neil Creswell, CEO of Virtus commented, “All gaming company CEOs and CFOs will already be aware of the tax situation, but few yet realise the double-hit from also needing to rapidly cut their excessive datacentre costs. Bringing gaming data centre operations back to London is the simple, quick option.”

 

Virtus London Data Centres make an ideal location for gaming and gambling companies to onshore their data centre operations. The Virtus LON1 facility, for example, is a very high spec Tier 3 data centre with low PUE and a 100 per cent uptime record. It is only a few minutes off the M25 at Junction 25, making it highly accessible for IT staff.

 

LON1 offers cheap and fully ‘green’ electricity (thereby avoiding CCL – the climate change levy tax). Also, being carrier-neutral, it has a large number of highly competitive carriers present including Level(3), Virgin, Geo, Pacnet and C4L. Virtus LON1 also has fast-fibre connectivity to all corners of the UK via Openreach.

 

Creswell concluded: “Gaming company CEOs and CFOs have a lot to think about in the coming year. We at Virtus are expert at migrating data centre operations into our data centres without interruption to clients 24×7×365 online businesses and so are ideally poised to help.

”We’ve migrated dozens of customers and host a number of gaming companies in what are, we believe, are the most modern flexible data centres in London.”

 

For more details please visit www.virtusdatacentres.com

Virtus Data Centres sponsors EuroCloud

Virtus Data Centres (‘Virtus’), London’s most modern and flexible data centre specialist announces today that it will be the sole sponsor for EuroCloud’s monthly meet up.

Discussing the future of the Cloud, September’s event will bring together five thought leaders, including IBM’s UK & Ireland Cloud Lead, Doug Clark, to give presentations. This will be followed by a moderated panel session, at which the audience can test the robustness of the leaders’ vision, and then wrapped up with a networking after-party. The event will be attended by 40 to 50 Cloud CEO’s and CTO’s from across the Cloud industry.

Join the speakers, EuroCloud members and Virtus at 15:30 on Thursday 19th September at the Furniture Makers Hall. If you would like to come along, follow the link below. Attendance is open to all and free for EuroCloud members.

http://www.eurocloud.org.uk/_m1723/events

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About Virtus

Virtus is London’s most modern and flexible data centre specialist. Its high quality, environmentally efficient and carrier rich data centres are the power and connectivity behind London’s financial, media, cloud and digital economy businesses.

Since 2008 it has built and operated highly connected data centres located in prime but cost effective locations close to the centre of London. Its sites provide multi-use, highly resilient and secure Tier 3 facilities, ideally flexible for handling a broad range of requirements for businesses of all sizes.

By owning and designing its own data centres it has maintained an emphasis on high power density and environmentally friendly cooling technology.  This maximises efficiency, minimises environmental impact and reduces operating costs for its clients.

Today it continues to innovate in the way businesses of all types buy data centre services to ensure it exceed its clients’ expectations in quality, flexibility, service and value.

For more information please go to: www.virtusdatacentres.com or contact us on twitter: @VirtusDCs.

200 More Network Providers at Virtus London Data Centres

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Virtus Data Centres (‘Virtus’), London’s most modern and flexible data centre specialist has just added over 200 more network providers to its portfolio available to its colocation customers and partners – over 50 of whom are cloud and other managed ICT service providers.
Announcing the very large increase in network providers, Virtus CEO Neil Cresswell explained, “We’ve been able to expand access to so many new network providers at a stroke thanks to our new deal with Openreach who have extended their massive fibre network into our LON1 facility in Enfield.”
The open, wholesale nature of Openreach’s network means that all UK communications providers can access its fibre network on equivalent terms. This allows Virtus to offer their customers high speed Ethernet and other connectivity services from a wide choice of communications providers.
Commented Tim Barclay, MD, Sales, Marketing & Customer Engagement, Openreach: “Today’s deal with Virtus is part of a major push into the UK data centre market by Openreach. Our extensive and rapidly expanding fibre network means we are well placed to increase our foothold in this market so we expect to sign more deals over the coming months. We are the ideal partner for data centres looking to adopt a carrier neutral approach given our open, wholesale access model. We’re also speeding up the provisioning of our Ethernet services by building fibre links direct to major UK data centres well ahead of any customer orders.”
The dedicated fibre link from Openreach will provide a range of high bandwidth options, from 10Mb/s up to multiple 10Gb/s services. This will allow Virtus’ customers to access their mission critical information stored at the data centre via fast, secure and resilient backhaul links.

 

Virtus recently introduced CoLo-on-Demand, a new product set designed to enable cloud providers and other customers with short-term dynamic capacity needs, to satisfy their data centre requirements.
Said Cresswell, “Virtus already has a number of Tier I and Tier 2 carriers on-net including Level (3), Virgin Media, Geo Networks, Exponential-e, C4L and BT.  The Openreach diverse resilient fibre network adds far more carrier choice which will be particularly beneficial for our CoLo-on-Demand customers.”

 

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About Virtus

Virtus is London’s most modern and flexible data centre specialist. Its high quality, environmentally efficient and carrier rich data centres are the power and connectivity behind London’s financial, media, cloud and digital economy businesses.

 

Since 2008 it has built and operated highly connected data centres located in prime but cost effective locations close to the centre of London. Its sites provide multi-use, highly resilient and secure Tier 3 facilities, ideally flexible for handling a broad range of requirements for businesses of all sizes.

 

By owning and designing its own data centres it has maintained an emphasis on high power density and environmentally friendly cooling technology.  This maximises efficiency, minimises environmental impact and reduces operating costs for its clients.

Today it continues to innovate in the way businesses of all types buy data centre services to ensure it exceed its clients’ expectations in quality, flexibility, service and value.

For more information please go to: www.virtusdatacentres.com or contact us on twitter: @VirtusDCs.

 

About Openreach

Openreach is responsible for the first mile of the UK access network – the copper wires and fibre connecting homes and businesses to their local telephone exchanges. Openreach leads the deployment of BT Group’s £2.5bn commercial roll-out of fibre, delivering fibre broadband services to communities across the UK as well as installing and maintaining the communications infrastructure that links homes, businesses, public and voluntary sector organisations to their Communications Providers’ networks.

 

About BT

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries.  Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services.  BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach.

 

In the year ended 31 March 2013, BT Group’s revenue was £18,103m with profit before taxation of £2,315m.

 

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group.  BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

 

For more information, visit www.btplc.com

Virtus Data Centres Goes Greener

Virtus LON1 Data CentreVirtus Data Centres (‘Virtus’), London’s most modern and flexible data centre specialist announces today it has secured a new power contract with E.ON for its LON1 London data centre facility – using only energy generated from fully renewable sources.

As part of its £1bn renewable energy programme, E.ON will be supplying Virtus with energy from within its portfolio of renewable sources, including on and off shore wind farms, biomass power stations and wave energy projects.

This means that all of the colocation customers within the Virtus LON1 facility will benefit from ‘green’ energy and will not be liable to pay the Climate Change Levy (CCL).

“Securing a fully renewable energy contract represents excellent value for our tenants and reinforces Virtus’ commitment to sustainability” commented Neil Cresswell, CEO at Virtus Data Centres. “Combined with our Eco-Engineering principles, the new contract further enhances the environmental credentials of our LON1 data centre. I am delighted that Virtus will now be providing customers with 100 per cent renewable energy. This further delivers on our commitment towards providing sustainable and environmentally efficient solutions which not only reduce the carbon footprint of our customers but provide the lowest costs for customers seeking high quality, flexible carrier neutral data centre solutions in London.”

The Virtus LON1 Tier 3 data centre features dual-resilient 8 Megawatt 11kV diverse electricity feeds. The site is located in Enfield, North East London and perfectly positioned for synchronous data replication to inner London locations with a 0.17 millisecond round trip latency – making it technically and physically close to both the City of London and Canary Wharf.

The LON1 data centre is also host to the newly launched CoLo-on-Demand service launched recently by Virtus which makes data centre colocation readily accessible and affordable for Cloud Service Providers.

The Climate Change Levy (CCL) is an energy tax to encourage business users to become more energy efficient, and to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. Opting to use energy from a low CO2 source as Virtus has now done – such as wind, solar, geothermal, landfill gas or Good Quality CHP (Combined Heat and Power) – gives exemption from the levy to customers of Virtus’ already highly energy efficient LON1 data centre.

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Queen Mary, University of London chooses Virtus Data Centres to host its business critical IT platform

London, 13th June 2013 – Virtus Data Centres (“Virtus”), a leading London provider of environmentally efficient, modern, interconnected carrier neutral data centres, announced today that it has completed implementation of a new IT platform in its LON1 data centre for Queen Mary, University of London. Queen Mary is one of the UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions and Virtus’ LON1 data centre now supports all of its business critical IT applications.

With around 16,900 students, 3,800 staff and an annual turnover of £300m, Queen Mary is one of the biggest University of London colleges. It teaches and researches across a wide range of subjects including the humanities, social sciences, law, medicine, dentistry, science and engineering. Queen Mary is also a member of the prestigious Russell Group which represents 24 leading UK universities that are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with businesses and the public sector.

Jonathan O’Regan, Queen Mary’s Assistant Director IT infrastructure, said: “Virtus’ facility is hosting the core infrastructure of our new IT platform supporting the University’s business critical applications. Queen Mary chose to partner with Virtus because of their highly pragmatic and professional approach to doing business whilst delivering ‘best in breed’ data centre facilities.”

Neil Cresswell, CEO at Virtus, commented: “We are delighted that such a high profile educational and research organisation has chosen our facility to host its business critical platforms and applications. At Virtus we have a 100% track record of service availability and are committed to delivering an agile, scalable infrastructure platform to support Queen Mary’s business requirements.”

http://www.virtusdatacentres.com/news/queen-mary-university-of-london-chooses-virtus-data-centres-to-host-its-business-critical-it-platform

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For more information please contact:
William Horley
T: +44 (0) 207 499 1300
E: wh@virtusdatacentres.com

About Virtus

Virtus Data Centres own, design, build and operate environmentally and economically efficient data centres around the heart of London’s cloud and digital data economy. Our customers can rely on our secure facilities and uptime record for their data and applications, enabling them to store, protect, connect, process and distribute data to customers, partners and networks within our data centres and the global digital economy. For more information please visit www.virtusdatacentres.com.

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