Aruba expands Italy's largest data centre campus
Italian data centre and web hosting firm Aruba is marking the anniversary of its Global Cloud Data Centre campus.
Completed in 2017, the 200,000 square metre campus located in Ponte San Pietro - just outside Milan - is the largest campus of its kind in Italy. In recognition of the anniversary, Aruba has also announced plans to expand the campus, adding two new data centre facilities and upgrading its green energy capabilities.
Currently the Global Cloud Data Centre campus is home to one facility with 10 data rooms available for carrier neutral colocation and managed service hosting. With the addition of the two new facilities, called DC-B and DC-C, the campus’ in-use footprint will extend to 80,000 soiree metres, of which more than 23,000 square metres will be dedicated to data rooms.
DC-B is a three-room facility with an IT load capacity of 9MW, which is expected to come online in the first half of 2021. DC-C is a multi-level facility spread across four data rooms on two levels, and will have a total capacity of 9MW upon completion, which is slated for the first half of 2022.
Both new facilities will also be home to a number of green technologies to ensure that Aruba’s Global Cloud Data Centre campus maintains its track record of 100% carbon neutrality. The campus, which already uses energy generated from photovoltaics and hydroelectricity, will be adding extensive photovoltaic panel covering on both DC-B and DC-C, and a new solar power system will be installed on the roof of DC-A, bringing the amount of renewable power generated on-site to 6MW.
"Thanks to the investments in the two new data centers and the upgrading of the plants to enable greater self-production of energy from renewable sources, we are pursuing the goal we set for ourselves at the birth of the Global Cloud Data Center,” commented
“That is to make the best technologies available to our customers, while respecting the environment. Today we are adding several new blocks to the technology campus with the intention to maintain our negative carbon footprint across the entire Aruba data centre network."
GTR and SEGRO agree first UK data centre facility
SEGRO, a property investment and development company, has announced it has come to an agreement with the European data centre platform, Global Technical Realty (GTR) to construct its first UK-based data centre. SEGRO claims that the facility, which will span a total area of 400,711 sq ft, will be located in Slough and is to become “the largest data centre campus in the UK’s premier data centre and communications hub”.
What will SEGRO’s data centre facility be used for?
Supported by the global investment firm KKR, Global Technical Realty says it will be using the facility’s space on a 25-year term to operate bespoke data centres for high-growth global technology companies. The new facility aims to support the growing demand for third-party data centre provision amid ever-increasing growth in data usage and cloud services adoption.
Franek Sodzawiczny, CEO & Founder of GTR, said: “We are excited to be back in the UK alongside our partner KKR and look forward to working closely with SEGRO to deliver this state-of-the-art data centre campus. The data centre space is a fast-moving one. GTR was established to support its customers in providing a data centre solution wherever in the world there is a demand for it. We are delighted that the UK will become home to our flagship concept”.
James Craddock, Managing Director, Thames Valley at SEGRO, said: “We’re pleased to welcome GTR as the latest data centre operator to our thriving estate and our team of experts look forward to developing a stunning new facility for them and their customers. “Homeworking, data streaming, e-commerce and businesses’ reliance on cloud services have all grown during the pandemic, meaning demand for data centres is unabated.
“Slough Trading Estate is home to Europe’s largest data centre cluster and data centres are increasingly regarded as part of our key national infrastructure given the critical role they play in our daily lives”, he added.
The facility is expected to be delivered in two phases with operations beginning by Q4 of next year. The first phase plans to provide 132,575 sq ft of space phase two will create 268,136 sq ft of space. “Vacant possession of the site delivered to the customer by early 2022”, SEGRO said.
The project is also expected to create around 200 jobs during its construction, and a further 80 permanent roles once completed.