London Roundup: Apollo, Telehouse, Infinity ONE
December 18th, 2009 By: John Rath
Here’s a roundup of data center headlines from London:
- Apollo Opens PoP in Equinix London. Transatlantic submarine cable system company Apollo announced Thursday that it has opened a new Point of Presence (PoP) in Equinix’s (EQIX) LD4 London Slough data centre. This new PoP provides resilient, intercontinental access between the UK and major cities in the USA. Apollo chose the Equinix LD4 facility to meet increasing customer demand for reliable, linear wavelengths between London and the USA. “Directly connecting to LD4 will offer our customers diversity from other London networks and meet the growing requirements of our customer base,” said Richard Elliott, managing director of Apollo. “By investing in this new PoP, we have enhanced our network in a way that cuts latency, increases diversity and ensures optimum resilience.” Apollo is a UK based company jointly owned by Cable & Wireless and Alcatel-Lucent.
- Telehouse West preview. Key members of the press and analyst groups were given a tour of the Telehouse West facility in London. In April 2009 Data Center Knowledge reported that the Greater London Authority had approved a plan in which waste heat from the $180 million facility would be used in a district heat network for the local Docklands community. The facility is expected to open in the first quarter of 2010 and the waste heat will keep 1,600 homes nice and warm. Silicon.com has a few photographs of the facility and construction progress of the 9 story building.
- Infinity wins Datacentre Leaders award. London-based data centre company Infinity received the ‘Future Thinking and Design Concepts’ award at the Datacentre Leaders Award Tuesday. A sustainable biomass plant at the Infinity ONE facility enables “dark green energy to be generated from bio-matter supplied by a local group of cooperating farms.” Infinity is committed to reducing both the energy waste and the carbon footprint of the IT sector and has adopted recommendations within the EU Code of Conduct on Data Centre Energy Efficiency.