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 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.

Virtus Data Centres starts construction of its new flagship facility in London

VTS0028 Virtus LONDON2 Data Centere-Corner ViewVirtus, the provider of London’s most flexible and efficient data centre solutions has announced that construction work has commenced on LONDON2; its new flagship data centre in West London, designed to meet the growing demand for scalable, reliable, on-demand colocation services. The data centre will deploy a new ground breaking cooling technology which will dramatically decrease energy consumption, bringing site power usage effectiveness (PUE) to below 1.2 and delivering substantial TCO reductions to Virtus’ clients.

Located in Hayes, just 17 minutes by train from Paddington and less than a mile from Junction 3 of the M4, the site will deliver 11.4MW of IT power, and 65,000 square feet of net customer data centre space. In addition, the site has extensive premium client office space, board rooms and meeting facilities particularly aimed at the growing community of Virtus’ clients such as IT Managed Service Providers (MSPs), systems integrators, digital media, financial institutions and enterprises. With 20MVA of power infrastructure already delivered to the site, construction is scheduled to be ready for client occupation in the summer of 2014.

By using the most advanced, fresh-air, evaporative cooling technology, 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. The LONDON2 data centre further reduces environmental impact by using 100% green power, from renewable sources and heat pumps to recirculate heat generated by the IT equipment into communal areas.

Neil Cresswell, Virtus’ CEO, commented: “I am delighted that after a thorough design and planning process we have started construction of one of the most advanced data centres in the UK. Virtus already leads the way in bringing to market the most flexible data centre solutions available, thanks to the quality of our sites and services. With the range of energy-saving technologies we are putting in place we will now lead in being able to deliver the most cost-efficient and environmentally friendly data centre solutions, offering significant TCO reductions to our clients in power, cooling, connectivity and services charges.”

The facility, designed to deliver high quality customer solutions, will have six data halls, all capable of being subdivided allowing clients to have anything from a cabinet in a shared space to their own suite or data hall with dedicated power and cooling.

“Another advantage of our new data centre is its flexibility and the cost efficiencies gained by deploying ultra-high power density cabinets of up to 40kW, which can be clustered or installed next to standard power density cabinets without clients having to invest in costly in-row cooling. Clients requiring such ultra-high power density installations will achieve significant savings at LONDON2,” said Cresswell.

The site will naturally be highly secure, away from main roads and behind 5 meter security fences, with 24/7 on site security, technical support and monitoring centres to maintain Virtus’ 100% uptime record. It will also incorporate new innovative on-line real-time monitoring dashboards and self-service tools, for clients to use either remotely, or in one of the customer-friendly dedicated rooms or café areas that are being designed into the facility.

The LONDON2 data centre is located in a fibre rich area and when opened, will immediately offer a wide choice of carriers (more than 10, of which 4 are Tier 1) offering diverse connectivity services enabling low-cost, low-latency, high-speed and high-quality access to different networks, internet exchanges, and customer locations globally. In addition, the high-speed low-latency connections between Virtus’ LONDON1 data centre in Enfield and its LONDON2 data centre in Hayes, will allow them to operate as one common market place, making it easy and cost efficient for end user customers, MSPs and network services providers to serve each other’s needs while expanding their own businesses.

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 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

New Data Centre Industry Networking Series Launched

 Data centre industry portal DATACENTRE.ME launches a new series of industry networking events.

These new network events are being “themed” so that the attendees and sponsors can be sure they will be meeting customers and suppliers of exactly the same interests as themselves.

 

Said Caroline Hitchins, owner and founder of DATACENTRE.ME, “there are already a number of good networking events in London for the datacentre sector however, many companies have been asking me – because of my vast array of contacts and relationships in the industry – to launch a series of themed events which will give smaller companies the opportunity to co-sponsor events that they might not normally be able to stage on their own.”

 

The first DATACENTRE.ME networking event – which is themed Data Centre Construction and Infrastructure – takes place in London this week and has already been massively oversubscribed.

 

Said Rob Giles, construction director of Norland Managed Services, one of the sponsors of this first event, “We are really excited by the opportunities from this initiative by Caroline and DATACENTRE.ME. Caroline’s own networking abilities are well-recognised in the data centre industry and her ability to put the right people in touch with each other to do business is second to none.

 

The first event is co-sponsored by some very well respected names in the industry Uptime Institute, Raritan Europe, Norland Managed Services, GEA Heat Exchangers, Constant Power Services and construction quantity surveyors Camber & Company.

 

“We forecast that, with the high level of over-subscriptions for this first event, not only is the series going to be successful it is going to rapidly become a ‘must attend’ event on the networking circuit.”

 

The next event is already being planned for January 2014 with the theme of DCIM – Data Centre Infrastructure Management. Said Caroline, “Several high profile sponsors have already signed up and the final few spaces will be strictly on a first come first served basis.”

 

People may register their interest in attending the January event by emailing caroline@datacentre.me or calling +44 (0) 7544 121900.

 

Brand-Rex Revamps Training

Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, has announced that those on its Business Partner Program will be able to benefit from revamped training courses from September 2012.

The Brand-Rex suite of training courses is currently being redesigned and updated and will comprise a perfect balance of theoretical and practical information. The one and two day sessions address all aspects of copper and fibre based cabling technology, outlining best practice and explaining current international and European standards. Delegates are provided with invaluable insight regarding the company’s innovative range of solutions and how they can be configured to provide end users with the most appropriate network cabling infrastructures for their needs.

To promote the new training programme, Brand-Rex will offer free training courses until March 2013. This decision exemplifies the company’s commitment to supporting its partners through these tough economic times. By imparting expert guidance about the specification and installation of its products and systems, Brand-Rex partners are equipped with the skills required to offer the best possible solutions, while ensuring that they maximise all available business opportunities.
As well as being held at Brand-Rex headquarters in Glenrothes, courses will also take place in London and at a new venue in Birmingham. Each course is available to a maximum of 30 partners, giving those attending the chance to network with other like-minded installation companies and end users, providing a more effective and productive training experience for all.

Even though they are now free to attend, the updated courses are just as rigorous as they always have been, with BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CECs) still available. All other terms and conditions of the Business Partner Program remain the same, meaning all partners need to attend up-to-date training every two years in order to issue the company’s globally renowned 25-year system warranty.

This latest announcement is part of an on going evaluation of the Brand-Rex Business Partner Program. Launched last year the scheme has four distinct levels – Premier Partner, Select Partner, Approved Partner and Distribution Partner. As well as offering training and education a wide range of other incentives are available such as project support, technical assistance, dedicated account management and a vast array of marketing support to help partners maximise their revenue generating activities. As the foremost initiative of its kind, Brand-Rex is always pleased to hear from companies that would like to benefit from joining it.

‘We recognise the crucial role our loyal partners play in our mission to achieve unsurpassed levels of customer service,’ commented Audrey O’Brien, marketing communications manager at Brand-Rex. ‘We also realise that in these austere economic conditions we must do everything we can to help maximise their revenue generating activities. Making our high quality training courses free of charge provides an opportunity for our partners to obtain the highest quality knowledge and skills available anywhere in the industry, without having to shoulder any financial burden.’
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