Telehouse opens fifth data center in London Docklands • The Register

Colocation company Telehouse has opened its fifth data center in London Docklands and claims it will be the company’s largest global facility once fully operational. The company has invested £223 million in the refurbishment of the building, which used to be the site of a data center operated by Thomson Reuters.

Telehouse, the data center subsidiary of Japanese telecom giant KDDI, has just opened the first floor of colocation space in the Telehouse South facility. It has a capacity of up to 668 racks and 2 MW of power, with an upgrade to 2.7 MW for an additional data hall planned for the end of 2023.

Once construction work at the site is fully completed, the Telehouse South facility is expected to comprise a total of 12,000 sqm of colocation space and provide power capacity for 18 MW of IT infrastructure.

London remains a key location for businesses and Telehouse said the new carrier-neutral facility would suit businesses seeking low-latency connectivity to London’s financial district.

“London Docklands remains a key strategic location for us and one of the most critical interconnection points in the world,” said KDDI Europe and Telehouse Europe MD Seigo Fukuhara in a statement.

“As companies continue to accelerate their post-pandemic digital transformation and demand for digital services grows, Telehouse South is providing enterprises with greater efficiencies through scalable hybrid cloud infrastructure, with faster access to data and applications, and the flexibility to grow,” he added. to.

According to Andrew Buss, European Enterprise Infrastructure Research Director at IDC, colocation space is currently in high demand in and around London.

“Many enterprises still don’t have their IT infrastructure in proper facilities, perhaps in server rooms or some other part of their offices, and reliability is often not up to scratch, so colocation is the best way to start transforming your IT delivery.” he said.

As a result, companies providing data center facilities such as Rackspace, Equinix and Digital Realty are currently seeing growth of 10 percent per year, Buss said, but this requires continued investment in new infrastructure such as the Telehouse South site. Telehouse said the total investment in the Docklands campus is likely to reach £1 billion by 2025.

Telehouse opened Telehouse North, the first data center on the Docklands campus, in 1990. Since then, it has added Telehouse West and East and Telehouse North Two opened in 2016. By refurbishing the old Thomson Reuters site rather than building a new facility from the ground up, the company said it was able to commission the new Telehouse South data center in less than a year after purchase.

Buss told us he understands that much of the work in Telehouse that delivered this new site involved digging the road to install the fiber optic links between it and the other Telehouse facilities, effectively connecting them all together. as a single giant virtual site .

“The key is that businesses want better IT delivery, so data centers today are much more than just about power, space and cooling. It’s about connectivity, sustainability and ecosystem participation, where there are a lot of applications that need to talk to each other,” said bus.

Telehouse said this connectivity includes a network of 7,000 dark fibres, connecting Telehouse South to its existing four data centers, providing customers with connectivity to more than 900 partners, including BT Openreach, Colt Technology Services and the London Internet Exchange (LINX).

The company also claimed that Telehouse South is powered entirely by renewable energy obtained from certified wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric power plants, and that the Telehouse is now classified as an ultra-small emitter under the UK Emissions Trading System.

For the year ended March 31, 2021, Telehouse Europe reported sales of £192.6 million ($252.4 million) [PDF], the bulk of which (£144.50 million or $189.22 million) came from the UK operations, with the remainder for colo services in France. This was up from £172,677 million ($226 million) the year before, while operating profit rose to £95,792 million ($125.39 million) from 88,616 million ($116 million).

KDDI Corporation has a global network covering Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific and reports: [PDF] revenue of 5.312 trillion ($46.58 billion) in the year to March 31, 2021, along with operating income of 1.037 trillion ($8.39 billion).

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