Blades to the fore at Globix UK datacentre

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Blades to the fore at Globix UK datacentre

Managed hosting and security provider Globix UK is investing £2m in a high density hosting facility at its datacentre in London .

The 4,000 square foot facility will house 20 kilowatt high-density hosting racks and Globix claims that no other datacentre in London has the power and cooling capabilities to support such an advanced blade server environment. Space will be available this summer. The datacentre will likely see use by organisations such as banks looking to cost effectively outsource computing intensive, mission critical applications.

Globix feels that time is ripe for the build-out as it believes that London is reaching 100% hosting capacity; both in terms of space within existing datacentres and land on which to build new facilities. Andrew Jay at CB Richard Ellis, a commercial real estate advisor in the UK , estimates there will be 0% availability by 2009.

Paul Court , operations director at Globix, says, “The only way to overcome this issue of space is to use blade server technology. However, most datacentres were built during the dotcom boom and simply do not have the power and cooling capabilities needed to support high-density hosting. The Globix datacentre was built before the dotcom boom and was engineered to support six floors, each 18,000 square feet in size. No other hosting provider can rival this ratio of power to racks.”

Globix believes that what it calls unrivalled power reserves will enable it to guarantee that its datacentre customers will never be affected by power outages. American Power Conversion (APC), a provider of AC and DC-based back-up power products and services, will supply the high-density cooling racks.

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