London’s newest data centre looks like a Tron extra – first photos

Data Centre

by Ben Sullivan| 24 July 2014

Dockland’s £135m powerhouse will be hub of Britain’s ‘new Internet’.

A data centre is set to be built at London Docklands Telehouse site which will be created with the 'new Internet' in mind.

Funded with £135m from Japanese ICT giants KDDI, Telehouse North Two will house mission-critical infrastructure that will aid in the smooth running of the UK's Internet backbone and enable the development of hybrid services for customers.

UK Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, said: "It's good news that Japanese ICT company KDDI has decided to invest a further £135 million into their global data centre at the Docklands.

"Britain's economy is growing thanks to Japanese investment and in 2013/14 they were the second biggest investor into the UK starting over 100 new projects and creating 3,000 new jobs."

North Two will be built next to Europe's original data centre, Telehouse North; the first purpose-built carrier neutral colocation data centre in Europe. It will bring 23,134 square metres of floor space, taking the Telehouse Docklands campus overall footprint to 71,584m2 and Telehouse's total presence in London to 73,395m2.

Telehouse claims that 78% of all UK businesses use at least one cloud service, and the hope is that this new data centre will help Britain's digital infrastructure meet the need of today's cloud-orientated IT industry.

John Souter, CEO of LINX, said: "This inward investment gives the Docklands campus the chance to build on its reputation as the hub of the Internet in the UK. What was once the most critical maritime port in the world is now one of the most connected places on earth. The Telehouse Docklands data centre campus already facilitates the majority of LINX capacity, and Internet traffic will inevitably grow, especially with the transition to 100G technology now underway.

"The vast majority of LINX's member-facing high capacity ports are in Telehouse. With such a huge proportion of all UK internet traffic flowing through LINX, this investment in the national critical infrastructure of the UK gives us great confidence."

No further details about finishing date or power usage have been confirmed by Telehouse.

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All CGI mock-up photos courtesy of Telehouse/NWA plc

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