We've had a flurry of data center news from the UK today. Here's a roundup:
Telehouse Signs Broadcaster for Olympics: Telehouse said today that its Telehouse West data center at the Docklands would house the broadcasting network for the "Host Broadcaster of a major sports event in London next year," presumably the 2012 Olympics. The company said the deal would allow international media organisations based within the Telehouse data centre to connect to the signal and transmit live radio and television coverage to viewers across the globe. Implementation will begin early next year, with customers being able to lease connectivity into Telehouse West for a select period of time, during the event. "We are proud that Telehouse has been awarded with this highly critical responsibility," said Michelle Reid, Telehouse's Sales & Marketing Director. "At Telehouse, we have been expanding our footprint in the media arena, and a large proportion of our customers conduct online broadcasting with a global reach. We are already talking to some of the world's leading media content providers about plugging into the Host Broadcaster platform at Telehouse West."
Infinity Announces New Data Center in Slough: UK data centre operator Infinity has acquired a new data center site, pre-leasing a 125,000 square foot facility in Slough from the real estate investment trust SEGRO. Infinity says the new space spans two floors, is supported by 34 MVA of power, and is expected to be operational in mid-2012. The company has signed a 25-year lease with SEGRO. "The Thames Valley is home to the highest concentration of IT and computing companies in Europe, yet is woefully lacking in modern data centre capacity," said Infinity CEO Martin Lynch. "Infinity's network of infrastructure around the M25 allows clients to build a resilient portfolio of solutions from a single provider, to the standards they demand, with a minimal carbon footprint and consequently significant energy savings.” SEGRO has now acquired or built 17 data centres across its portfolio and is now one of the UK’s largest providers of data centre properties. In total, SEGRO has now developed 1.37 million square feet (127,000 square meters) for data centre operators.
TelecityGroup Plans Expansion in Dublin: In its interim management statement, data center and colocation service provider TelecityGroup announced plans to add an additional 6 megawatts of customer power capacity to its Dublin 3 site, which was acquired in August 2011. Together with previously announced projects, this takes the total planned capacity across Europe up to 124MW, almost doubling the company's current capacity. Most of this expansion will be delivered in the next four years. TelecityGroup also announced that it would begin paying a dividend to its shareholders, with details to accompany the company's full-year 2011 earnings announcement in February. " TelecityGroup’s performance in 2011 has been excellent and I am excited about the outlook for the business," said CEO Michael Tobin. "I am pleased with the progress that is being made with our secured capacity expansion programme and with the integration of our recent acquisitions in Dublin and Manchester.”
Leverate Adds Two Trading Centers in London: Forex broker Leverate says it is opening two data centers in the financial center of London. In order to provide clients with a significantly improved service, Leverate has invested over $500,000 in data centers from two leading providers in London, each with an exceptionally fast duplicate Internet connection. Leverate will gradually migrate all services over to the new datacenters by the end of 2011. The data centers are located closer to the sources of Leverate's Live Data Feed, which makes the Feed even faster and more accurate. "Leverate has grown significantly in the last year, and as a response to this growth, we have expanded our resources to accommodate the increased number of clients and their trading volume," said Leverate's Chief Technical Officer, Doron Somec. "By establishing our own private servers within these two new datacenters, we are providing our clients with virtually zero downtime, reduced latency, increased execution speed and the fastest feed, available. Leverate is constantly working to improve its service to clients, and the opening of these data centers is one more step we have taken in order to do so."