Carrier-neutral colocation provider Telehouse Europe has opened its fifth colocation data center in London.
Located in the Docklands, next to the city’s financial district, the new Telehouse South offers 2MW of power and space for up to 668 racks of IT equipment.
Telehouse acquired the 10-story building from news publisher Thompson Reuters in 2021 and subjected it to an 11-month refurbishment process to deliver the first phase of the project.
Once fully built out, Telehouse South is expected to offer 18MW of power capacity and 12,000 square meters (nearly 130,000 sq ft) of white space, making it the company’s largest facility.
Close proximity to existing Telehouse data centers in London means the new location can offer an incredibly diverse choice of connectivity options, with access to 900 network carriers, Internet exchanges, and cloud providers.
“London Docklands now offers the most connectivity options in the UK and, indeed, Europe,” commented Kevin Restivo, EMEA Director of Data Centre Research at CBRE.
“It conveniently sits alongside fiber going to Africa and Northern Europe. As such, the market is used for peering of traffic for the UK as well as Europe and the rest of the world. Moreover, investments in terrestrial and subsea cable connectivity in the UK are substantial and ongoing.”
Growing demand for colocation data centers
Telehouse is a familiar name in digital infrastructure, having been established back in 1989 to serve London’s rapidly growing financial hub in the Docklands – a location that today hosts international headquarters for firms including HSBC and Barclays Bank, and huge reginal offices for the likes Credit Suisse and Citigroup.
Today, the brand is owned by Japanese telecommunications giant KDDI, and is integrated into its global network of more than 45 data centers.
Telehouses’s latest project is looking to refurbish enterprise data center space once used by Thompson Reuters, and turn it into a major retail colocation hub powered by 100% renewable energy.
Telehouse expects the entire 18MW project to cost £223 million ($294m), and its total investment in Docklands data centers is expected to reach £1 billion ($1.32bn) by 2025.
The company is already planning an expansion for Telehouse South, looking to add 700kW of power capacity by the end of the year.