Colocation provider UK Grid (www.ukgrid.net) announced on Thursday that it will open a new 22,000 square foot data center in north London in the third quarter of 2011.
According to the press release, the “London One @ Staples Corner” facility will house up to 500 server racks. The expansion will result in the company hiring up to 30 new employees to manage the site and increase UK Grid’s data center footprint to 75,000 square feet.
“The launch of this site is an milestone moment for UK Grid as opening a major London data center is something we’ve always aspired to do. When you consider it’s a multi-million pound commitment to open a data center of this scale, it’s rightly taken us some time to find the right location and facility,” Rob Garbutt, CEO at UK Grid said in a statement. “Now, after discounting many, we’re confident that London One is the data center to provide the quality standards required from the I.T. outsourcing sector in the coming years.”
As members of the Green Grid, UK Grid says it offsets all CO2 emissions generated by client equipment in the data center. The company claims the London One site will embrace its “philosophy of low energy consumption and highly efficient technology” and will have a target PUE of 1.2. In another move to decrease its environmental impact the firm traded its company vehicles for electric cars in March 2011.
“We feel that much of our rapid growth is attributable to our client-centric approach. We work with our clients as partners not just their suppliers and so naturally develop long term relationships based on trust and understanding of business need,” Garbutt added. “Our value proposition is not only the nuts and bolts of a data center, but also the manner in which we design and deliver our solutions according to individual and varying requirements. Our customer retention performance is testament to this. Refreshingly, we don’t increase contract prices year on year, in fact we haven’t at all for four years now.”
At the beginning of March, UK data center operator Virtus Data Centers completed the first phase its new Tier III Enhanced Data Centre in Enfield, north London.