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One of UK's largest data centres to be built in London

Written by NTN staff
19/10/18

NTT Communications will develop a new data centre campus in the UK, through its subsidiary e-shelter. It will be called London 1.

London has its fair share of data centres, one of which can even be found just off the (in)famous Brick Lane renowned for curry restaurants. The city’s density, however, means most of these data centres are restricted in terms of size, but NTT claims it has secured permission for what will eventually be one of the UK’s largest such facilities, located in Dagenham, East London.

Having secured full planning permission, e-shelter will start development of the campus, known as "UK London 1 Data Center" (London 1), capable of up to 24,000 sqm IT space and 60MW IT load once fully developed. Scalable connectivity and fibre infrastructure is being added to the site which is 15km from London Docklands and will offer diverse dark fibre routes to London's key internet exchange sites and will also be connected to the 5 existing Gyron data centres in Hemel Hempstead and Slough, creating a networked London operating platform of significant capacity and able to support over 100MW of IT load.

London 1 will follow e-shelter's successful business model – a flexible and scalable campus, offering both traditional wholesale and retail colocation and hybrid IT solutions to support customers from a range of market segments including Enterprise, Hyperscale, SAAS, Telco, CDN and Cloud.

The data centre campus will also offer customers and partners access to the e-shelter Innovation Lab, a "try before you buy" test facility where customers, service providers and technology partners can collaborate, exchange ideas and trial and test solutions in a live data center environment without having to first make the significant financial commitment of purchasing.

Construction in Dagenham is expected to begin from November this year. Phase one, with an initial 8MW IT load, is targeted to be ready for December 2019, with five further phases planned to follow.