Global Crossing Expands in London, Amsterdam

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Global Crossing's Docklands data center in London, which will be expanded to add additional capacity.

Global Crossing will be expanding its Docklands data center in London.

Global Crossing has announced plans to expand its London facility and to open a new data center in Amsterdam. The expansion is driven by strong demand for data center space in London, which is seeing a data center building boom as providers race to keep pace with client requirements.

Global Crossing (GLBC) said its Docklands data center is nearly at capacity, with 89 percent of the available space sold, and has started Phase II of its build-out at the facility. The company has aready has pre-sold 10 percent of the additional racks. Global Crossing said the new data center in Amsterdam is part of the firm’s plans to continue the expansion of its hosting solutions business in Europe. The Amsterdam facility will be available in early 2009.

Global Crossing also said it has broadened the scope of services offered in its London data center, adding a suite of managed services including monitoring, backup, security, server management and storage solutions, specifically Hitachi Data Systems data storage capabilities. “Global Crossing is focused on corporate customers, and we’re investing in the value-added services that are essential to them, such as the hosting solutions we provide through our data centers,” said Anthony Christie, managing director, EMEA. “Our customers include more than 130 UK government departments and agencies, as well as the transportation and commercial segments. As the largest IT and data market in Europe, meeting the needs of the UK market gives us unprecedented opportunities. But we also plan to explore other opportunities throughout Europe so we can extend our already extensive network footprint.”

Global Crossing’s data network includes facilities in 60 major cities worldwide. Several of the company’s data centers in Latin America have received a Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) 70 review, a widely recognized auditing standard that evaluates the design and operating effectiveness of controls for the security of financial information. Global Crossing said it is considering SAS 70 audits for its European data center facilities as well.

Global Crossing (GLBC) operates a global IP-based network that connects approximately 400 cities in more than 45 countries worldwide, and delivers services to more than 690 cities in more than 60 countries and six continents around the globe.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief 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.

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