New 12MVA Substation Arrives at London Perivale Data Centre

London Perivale Data Centre Substation

London Perivale Data Centre Substation

New 12MVA Substation Arrives at London Perivale Data Centre

Work is now well underway on the building of a new 12MVA substation at London’s Perivale Data Centre. The substation is fed from the national grid by two dual resilient 11kV feeds, either of which will be capable of supplying the full 12MVA load.

Perivale One is the first data centre to have gained planning permission – and now power – on the 20 acre site in West London, owned by Hermes Real Estate Investment Management Limited (HREIML). HREIML intend for the Perivale Park site to become a major data centre in this strategic, well powered and highly connected location.

Jane Rampin of Bracknell and Perivale Data Centres said: “Assembling the essential infrastructure elements for a data centre is costly and time consuming. Securing 12MVA of power and facilitating its delivery to site has been a critical step in bringing Perivale Data Centre to fruition. This success demonstrates HREIML’s commitment to the scheme and our ability to deliver.”

HREIML is working in partnership with GCE Data Centres to deliver phase one, a purpose built two storey data centre at Perivale Park. This phase, which already has full planning consent, is offered for lease as a 30,000 sq ft powered shell, translating to some 15,000 sq ft of net technical space. With the new substation build running to plan, it is expected that the site will be energised next month.

David Willcocks, Director, Jones Lang LaSalle commented, “Opting for a powered shell data centre solution can shorten a clients’ build time by two years. HREIML and GCE have already done all the time consuming and expensive works to identify a site with plenty of power and fibre connectivity, drawn up plans and obtained full planning consent. The picture is complete with 12MW of power, secured and delivered.”

A data centre needs connectivity as well as power and HREIML, in conjunction with GCE, has at least ten high profile carriers poised to bring fibre into the Perivale Data Centre. These include BT, Colt Telecom, CWW, EasyNet, Geo Networks, Global Crossing, Redstone, SSE (Neos), Verizon Business and Virgin Media.

Low latencies are important to a successful data centre and the sites strategic location, between the City and Slough and inside the M25 ensures that they remain low.

The partnership also brought forward another powered shell data centre scheme at Bracknell, in the heart of the Thames Valley region, one of the UK’s primary tech hubs. A 78,000 sq ft powered shell scheme, Bracknell Data Centre is now available with high levels of connectivity, planning consent and 10MWA of power and is also about to be energised.

Jones Lang LaSalle and GVA Connect are joint lettings agents on the scheme

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.”

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 London Data Centre Gets Go-Ahead

The new Gateway Data Centre (www.gatewaydatacentre.co.uk) has been announced in London’s West Thurrock, close to the M25 motorway and the A13 road – giving easy access to London Docklands – the heart of the UK’s financial services district and with a very low latency connectivity into The City of London – the country’s financial heart.

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Announced today by Charles Carden, a director of GVA Connect (the data centre specialist division of property agents GVA) he said, “the 2.3 hectare site has been designed to have 8,000 square metres (86,000 sq ft) of data halls split over two floors and a gross internal floor area of 19,500 square metres (210,000 sq ft). Up to 47MVA of diverse power is available meaning the Gateway Data Centre is ideally suited to both normal density and High Density uses.”

 

Ideally suited for users in The City of London where access via diverse fibre routes has a very respectable round trip latency – estimated by fibre providers at between 0.19ms and 0.20ms.

 

The new data centre has full planning permission and being adjacent to an existing global services integration data centre there are a number of fibre providers with diverse routes adjacent to the new Gateway site.

 

Located within an existing industrial and trading estate, and an existing building, the new data centre can be rapidly delivered as either ‘Shell and Core’, as a ‘Fully Powered Shell’ or ‘Fully Fitted’ to customer requirements. It is available on either a freehold or leasehold basis.

 

Full plans have been created for the conversion of the existing building including the building of a new mezzanine, new roof design, changes to elevations to the design shown in the featured graphic plus extensive external plant areas and a 3 metre security fence, vehicular access and vehicle lock, and all necessary planning consents were granted against these plans was granted on 3rd April 2013.

 

Plans are available for inspection by contacting Charles Carden at GVA Connect’s London Stratton Street offices. Or  visit www.gatewaydatacentre.co.uk

Data Centre Global Census 2012 Results

Global Census 2012 shows investment in data centres has grown globally by 22 per cent from 2011 with a projected further increase of 14 per cent into 2013.

8th October 2012 DCD Intelligence today released the first of the global findings from the DatacenterDynamics 2012 Global Census (turt.co/dcd16), the largest worldwide quantitative survey of the data centre industry.

Key findings include the continued increase in investment in the sector, a rise in in power requirements globally and a significant increase in the uptake of outsourcing in particular the use of colocation.

Global investment levels up 22.1 per cent

Results from the census indicate that total investment in data centres has grown from approximately US$86bn globally in 2011 to $105bn globally in 2012 – a rise of 22.1%.

Commented Nicola Hayes, managing director of DCD Intelligence: “Our forecast for 2013 shows a slower rate of growth but still at a very healthy 14.5% over 2012 levels with a further $15bn of additional investment.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

The largest increase (22.5% globally) in investment from 2011 to 2012 is in the facilities management (FM) and mechanical and electrical (M&E) sectors including such areas as electrical distribution equipment and switchgear, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), generators, cooling equipment, security equipment, fire suppression and data centre infrastructure management systems and related services (22.5% increase globally). This was up $9bn from $40bn to $49bn.

The IT equipment sector (including ‘active’ equipment such as servers, storage, switches and routers) showed slower growth at 16.7% – from $30bn to $35bn. Projecting forward this is expected to continue to increase but at a slower rate into 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to Hayes: “Much of the increase in investment in the sector is being driven by growth in less developed markets – although we continue to see some growth in the mature data centre markets of North America and Western Europe. Regions such as Asia Pacific and Latin America are the ones really fuelling global data centre investment levels.”

Reduction in ‘concern’ over power availability.

Commenting on responses to the 2012 Data Centre Census around the world on power availability and cost Hayes noted: “Surprisingly, concern as to power availability and cost – both of which have been constant topics in the media and data centre professional groups in recent years –  is actually down on a global basis.

“This is explained in part by the increasing representation amongst the sample of companies in less developed markets where power requirements are smaller and so less constrained than in mature markets. Also in part by efficiency and other strategies put in place by data centre companies over the past 12 months to mitigate against increased power costs and to overcome issues to do with availability.”

Data centre real-estate to rise sharply in 2013

The global trend for data centre ‘white space’ – the area in a data centre which houses the IT equipment – grew globally by a relatively small 8.3% from 24 million square metres to 26 square metres; though a sharper rise by 19.2% to 31 million square metres is forecast for 2013.

 

 

 

 

Significant increase in outsourcing

There has been a significant increase in the uptake of outsourcing globally – particularly colocation – over the past 12 months (up 31.3% from $16bn to $21bn) and this is projected to continue with a further $5bn increase into 2013.

Reasons for this in the Western economies include the need during tough economic times to reduce CapEx as well as increasing complexities in the data centre environment.

However the greatest growth in outsourcing is evident in the Asia Pacific region where growth in large scale state of the art colocation facilities is encouraging companies to outsource rather than lease or buy their own space.

Commenting on the findings, Zahl Limbuwala, chairman of the BCS Data Centre Specialist Group (whose 1400 strong membership represents all functions and facets of the industry from engineering to software and legal) said “The findings outlined in the DCD Global Census 2012 largely support the more qualitative trends our members have seen over the last year.

“The figures support the continued investment BCS has committed to the sector through initiatives such as the CEEDA Awards and data centre qualifications.”

Census 2012 reports can be pre-ordered now and DCD Intelligence is already accepting enquiries for bespoke analysis. Go tohttp://turt.co/dcd16

 

REGIONAL SUMMARIES

Asia Pacific

Results from the DatacenterDynamics Global Census illustrates the rate at which the data centre market is growing in Asia Pacific. Total investment in the sector is up 24.2% 2011- 2012 with China showing the highest level of individual country growth in the region. Forecasts from the census predict that this growth will continue into 2013.

The region also shows the largest growth in terms of power requirements with a 48.6% increase in data centre power requirements over the past 12 months compared to 5.3% growth in power requirements in the more mature market of North America. Says Nicola Hayes, managing director of DCD Intelligence ‘these figures reflect the significant build that has occurred in the region over the past 12 months as the market moves towards a more mature level as well as  highlighting a potential issue in terms of power provisioning over the next few years’.

Latin America

Results from the DatacenterDynamics Global Census show that there has been significant growth in the data centre sector in Latin America over the past 12 months although the market remains fragmented throughout the region. Investment in the sector has grown by 31.4%, up from $10.5bn in 2011 to $13.8bn in 2012.

Most facilities are still end user owned and operated and on a small scale in terms of individual data centre size. The region has the lowest percentage globally of companies outsourcing data centre operations to a colocation provider though this is expected to increase over the next few years as the market matures and more state of the art colocation facilities come on line. Power requirements are also rising in the region with a 41.2% increase in requirements over the past 12 months and this too is expected to drive demand for colocation and outsourcing solutions in the sector.

North America

Results from the DatacenterDynamics Global Census show modest growth in the North American data centre market especially when compared to Asia Pacific and Latin America. Investment in data centres in North America grew by 14% over the past 12 months, a lower level than seen in previous years. Says Nicola Hayes, managing director of DCD Intelligence: “It should be remembered that this market is a far more mature one than other regions and so growth levels will naturally be lower than in the developing markets. For example although investment in the Latin American market has grown by 31.4% over the same period the total amount invested is $13.8bn compared to North America where the investment over the past 12 months is estimated to be $44.1bn. The economic climate has however had a slight impact on IT and in particular data centre spend with companies being more cautious than in previous years with regards to where investments are made.”

Power requirements North America

In spite of much media hysteria about power requirements in the data centre sector, power requirements in North America have in fact only grown by 5.3% . Figures from the census relating to power usage awareness, carbon emissions monitoring  and overall energy monitoring are also positive in the region showing a growing commitment to reducing energy costs and addressing high PUE ratios.

Europe

In spite of tough economic conditions throughout the region, the data centre sector has continued to show steady growth in terms of investment levels. Results from the DatacenterDynamics Global Census show that investment in data centres in Europe has grown by 13.6% in the period 2011 – 2012, up from $40.5bn in 2011 to $46bn in 2012.  Although this growth appears modest in comparison to regions such as Asia Pacific and Latin America (24.2% and 31.4% respectively), it is a similar growth rate to the other mature data centre markets of North America and Europe – which still account for a high proportion of total global data centre investment ($105bn globally).

 

About the 2012 Data centre Census

Supported this year by Cummins, Siemens and the BCS, the Chartered Industry for IT, the DatacenterDynamics Industry Census is the largest comparative study of data centre owners operators and end users worldwide. Designed to provide statistically significant insight into the scope and direction of the industry not only on a worldwide basis but also at a regional and country level, results provide the industry with robust insight into actual yearly growth in terms of power and space requirements, key technologies and other issues facing data centre professionals.

About DCD

With offices in locations around the globe, 54 conferences in 37 countries and business intelligence and professional development offered on a worldwide scale, DatacenterDynamics is a truly global specialist provider of content to the data centre Ind

 

 

 

Siemon to showcase data centre solutions at Data Centre World

Siemon, the network infrastructure specialists, will exhibit its data centre solutions portfolio at Data Centre World Expo at London Olympia on 2nd and 3rd March 2011 (Stand B32)

The key focus will be Siemon’s range of data centre cabinet solutions, designed to help clients save valuable space in their data centre, minimise installation time and maximise thermal management and efficiency without sacrificing density.

Amongst the products on display will be Siemon’s new adjustable VersaPOD 4-post rack for high density applications, featuring Siemon’s “Zero U” space saving patch panels and cable management solution.

Also on show will be the VersaPOD data centre cabinet, Z-MAX – Siemon’s ISO/IEC11801 component compliant Category 6A 10Gb/s solution – and TERA Category 7A, the world’s highest performing twisted pair shielded cabling system for 10Gb/s and beyond.

Data centre security is addressed with LockIT– Siemon’s range of high-security jacks and patch cords for copper and fibre, key for avoiding accidental and malicious disconnections – and MapIT G2, the company’s  next generation Intelligent Infrastructure Management system which takes network security to a higher level and provides Sarbanes-Oxley compliant audit trails.

Last but not least, Siemon will be showing the new 40 and 100GbE Plug-and-Play fibre patching solution based on pre-terminated MTP fibre trunks for simplicity, rapid deployment and reliability.

In the adjacent Data Centre World Conference, Siemon’s data centre expert Alberto Zucchinali will deliver a lecture at 10.00am on Thursday 3rd March entitled “Critical architecture choices and the dramatic impact of the physical layer on data centre performance.”

In this lecture, which all data centre managers, engineers and consultants should attend, Zucchinali explains how selecting one cabling architecture over another can have a drastic effect on data centre power, cooling and overall performance.

About Siemon

Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specialising in the manufacture and innovation of high quality, high-performance copper and optical fibre network cabling solutions. With offices and partners throughout the world, Siemon offers a global service and has a reputation for delivering market leading performance with systems that maximise efficiency and return on investment.

Siemon’s products include the most comprehensive suite of copper available, in both unshielded and shielded twisted-pair, for category 5e, category 6 (Class E), category 6A (Class EA) and category 7/7A (Class F/FA) standards performance.  The company’s optical fibre range includes both multimode and singlemode cabling systems.  In addition to cabling systems, the company has developed specific and specialised products for network provision in both enterprise and hosted data centre environments, often partnering with other global industry leaders in delivery of complete solutions for these markets.  With over 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and development of industry standards, underlining the company’s long-term commitment to its customers and the industry.

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