Power Crisis Ahead for London?

There are a growing number of reports that London’s data center squeeze is causing serious challenges for the city’s power grid. Quality data center space has been tight in London for years, but may soon be eased somewhat, as Easyspace just opened a new data center and Colt, IXEurope and Digital Realty Trust have data center building projects underway in greater London. But several UK reports suggest electric capacity may limit any additional growth.

Mike Hills of Adapt outlined the challenge in a May 18 commentary on ZDNet UK:

London is rapidly running out of the co-location facilities that support and enable so much of the overlaid network. Some commentators have gone as far as to predict a zero percent vacancy rate by 2009. … The stark reality is that this massive drain on the local grid will soon become unsupportable. By 2009, London faces the prospect of regular “brownouts”

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.