Telecity Expands London Powergate Center

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UK data center specialist TelecityGroup plans to add 21 megawatts (MW) of customer power to its flagship London facility, Powergate. The expansion will add 10,000 square meters (about 108,000 square feet) of space and take the total customer capacity at the site to 29MW, providing several years of growth at current fill rates. The expansion is expected to be available to customers in phases from 2011.

“Given the barriers to entry surrounding the provision of premium data centre capacity in the highly connected city centre locations in European markets, we are especially pleased that we have been able to secure several years of further growth capacity in the key London market, which has one of the highest ongoing demand rates for premium data centres globally,” said Michael Tobin, CEO at TelecityGroup. “This underpins our strategy of a controlled expansion programme within Europe where facilities are reaching full utilisation.”

In 2009 TelecityGroup added new capacity in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Paris and Stockholm. In February this year significant additional capacity was announced for Frankfurt. The Group’s total planned capacity has now increased to 88MW of customer power, up from an operational 34MW 24 months ago.

“London has one of the highest demand rates for premium data centres globally, driven by the growing digital economy and increasing trend for enterprises to outsource their data centre requirements to premium operators,” said Adriaan Oosthoek, Managing Director at TelecityGroup UK and Ireland.

“The new capacity gives our customers the assurance that their data centre growth plans can be accommodated by TelecityGroup into the future. By expanding Powergate we remove the need to find a new greenfield site, which offers significant benefits in terms of build time, and on-the-ground expertise from our existing engineering team at Powergate.”

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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.

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