Globix UK said today that it is investing 2 million pounds ($3.7 million) in a high-density hosting facility at its data center in London. Space will be available this summer in the 4,000 square-foot facility, which will house 20 kilowatt high-density hosting racks filled with blade servers. According to Globix, no other data center in London has the power and cooling capabilities to support such an advanced blade server environment.
London realtors say the city is reaching its capacity for hosting centers, both in terms of space within existing data centers and land on which to build new facilities. It is estimated there will be 0% availability by 2009, according to Andrew Jay at CB Richard Ellis, a commercial real estate advisors.
"The only way to overcome this issue of space is to use blade server technology," said Philip Cheek, Managing Director at Globix UK. "However, most data centres were built during the dotcom boom and simply do not have the power and cooling capabilities needed to support high-density hosting. The Globix data centre was built before the dotcom boom and was engineered to support six floors, each 18,000 square foot in size. No other hosting provider in the UK can rival this ratio of power to racks."