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Virtus sets out plans to build London’s largest datacentre campus

Colocation provider outlines the next phase of its expansion plans, which will see it build out its presence in west London

Virtus Data Centres is set to grow the size of its datacentre footprint in west London by opening what it claims will eventually be the capital’s largest server farm campus.

The colocation provider plans to open two adjacent datacentres – called London5 and London6 – at Stockley Park near Hayes, west London, that will span 34,475m2 and accommodate up to 40MW of IT load.

According to Virtus, these specifications will mark the site out as the largest datacentre campus in London once it is up and running in early 2018, and will bring the number of facilities the firm operates within the M25 up to six.

The firm already has facilities in Hayes and Enfield, and took over the running of the education-focused Jisc shared services datacentre in Slough from Infinity SDC in late 2015.

Earlier this year, Virtus announced plans to expand its presence in Slough by opening a facility next door to its existing site. This will be constructed in two phases, with the first on course for completion by mid-2018.

The pace at which the company’s datacentre footprint has expanded in recent years has seen Virtus name-checked among a number of providers in CBRE’s full-year European Datacentre market review whose activities contributed to making 2016 a record year for the take-up and supply of colocation space.

Virtus’ expansion strategy to date has focused on either building or buying sites within the M25, rather than invest in land and facilities within central London.

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According to Virtus CEO Neil Cresswell, pursuing this strategy has worked out well for the firm, and has helped it secure colocation contracts with a wide range of customers, spanning the public sector, life sciences and education markets.

“We work with clients across all industries, all with unique audiences and IT landscapes, but with the common need to deliver the highest levels of availability, performance and security of digital experiences,” he said.

“We provide fast, seamless connectivity to networks and public clouds, along with the capacity for vast data storage and compute processing power – all for lower costs. This investment in London5 and London6 means we can grow with our customers and help them achieve their ambitions.”

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