Colt Sells Modular Data Center To Phoenix IT

European data center provider Colt announced that it has signed a 10-year agreement with Phoenix, a specialist IT services company. The deal is evidence of growing interest in modular data center deployments by service providers.

John Rath

June 2, 2011

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An illustration of one of the new Colt modular data center designs, which offer additional configuration options.

European data center provider Colt announced that it has  signed a 10-year agreement with Phoenix, a specialist IT Services company, to meet growing demand from Phoenix's sales partners for secure, cost effective and energy efficient data centers. The deal is evidence of growing interest in modular deployments by service providers.

Phoenix chooses Colt

Phoenix will occupy a 500 square meter (5,400 square feet) Modular Data Center within Colt's London-3 facility.  The company will be given its own mechanical and electrical plant demarcation and complete security control of its space. "We have been looking to expand our data centre footprint for some time and the combination of time-to-delivery, high energy efficiency and quality of operation set Colt's Modular Data Centre apart," said Paul Parrish, Managing Director of Phoenix IT. "In addition the solution's scalability provides us with an offering that will enable us to remain highly competitive and rapidly deliver on changing market demands."

"This agreement demonstrates Colt's leadership position in the market," said Bernard Geoghegan, Executive Vice President at Colt.  "Customers like Phoenix are increasingly recognising that the Modular Data Centre's unique design provides a flexible, energy efficient solution that can expand to support a rapidly growing business with changing energy, space and power demands."

It has been a big year for modular data centers so far and Colt continues to see interest from customers. Colt began its modular offering about a year ago and touted the ability to deliver it in four months.  Last month at the Data Centres Europe conference the company introduced a refined version that offers a greater variety of sizes and configurations.  Colt offers over 120 design variations for their modular data center and will deliver it to either a Colt or customer-owned site.

Connected to the U.S.

Sidera Networks recently announced that it is  providing high-speed connectivity to Colt , enabling the European provider to access the U.S. market with direct, ultra low-latency connectivity to the New York and Chicago metropolitan areas.

“We've had presence in the US market for a number of years now, with a strong focus on addressing growing customer demand for connectivity in leading metro areas such as Chicago, Boston, Newark and New York,” said Jaap Zuiderveld, Vice President of Direct Sales, Enterprise Services at Colt Technology Services. “Sidera’s ultra low-latency connectivity and unique routes enable us to offer complete, end-to-end solution with the reliability and scalability our clients demand.”

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