Colt announces expansion at London North data centre


Colt Data Centre Services (DCS) has announced the expansion of its London North data centre, with six new data halls being built as part of the first phase of a major expansion project. The expansion will comprise 10 new data halls, in total, when the project is completed. A major power upgrade is also underway that will see the site almost double its utility power, by adding an additional 30 megawatts (MW). The delivery of the first two halls is expected in Q1 next year and remainder being delivered in Q2 2019. On completion, the project will bring the total IT power supply to more than 40MW.

The build of the six new halls have been driven by customer demand, with the first four halls already taken by an existing tenant. The new phase supports Colt DCS’ commitment to deliver carrier-neutral, super-fast connectivity to hyperscale cloud providers. The London North data centre provides multi-tenant colocation facilities, with state-of the-art mechanical and engineering equipment supporting the operational delivery facility.

Due to the efficiency on the design, the annualised design PUE of the facility is <1.2, being below the current industry average. The total power provision of the site itself will increase from 38MW to 68MW, that’s enough power to supply to 250,000 households in the UK.  London North Data Centre also uses intelligent security monitoring systems and is certificated with ISAE 3402, ISO 14001, ISO 20071 standards.

Alliance with Internap 

Earlier this year (July), Colt also announced a multi-year alliance with Internap Corporation, a provider of high-performance data centre services including colocation, cloud, and network. INAP will be partnering with Colt DCS in their North London Facility located in Welwyn Garden City, where INAP will build out a standalone, self-contained Tier 3-equivalent Data Centre space. INAP’s services and solutions will be fully operational in Q4 after INAP layers in its new cloud stack and network technology.

“Our new UK-based team is really excited about this London Data Centre opportunity, and we view the new alliance as a great fit given Colt DCS’ and INAP’s complementary Tier 3-equivalent data centre footprints,” said Andrew Day, SVP & GM, INAP International Business Unit.

INAP will provide its signature services, including the latest Dedicated Hosting, Managed Hosting and Multi-Platform cloud product set, along with Colocation and Performance IP network services.


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