Digital Realty expands data centres in Canada and France
Digital Realty has announced the opening of its latest North American data centre in Toronto while also breaking ground on its fourth data exchange in Marseille, France.
The downtown YYZ12 data centre site opens up 800kw and 6,900 square feet of new colocation facilities and is Digital Realty’s third in Greater Toronto. It will be interconnected with redundant dark fiber paths to the company’s TOR1 in Vaughan.
The new MRS4 site in Marseille is expected to offer up to 13.6 MW of customer capacity and sits in a strategic location at the heart of the Mediterranean.
Digital Realty says direct access to 14 submarine cable systems extends the global reach of PlatformDIGITAL® – a first of its kind global data centre platform for scaling digital business – with low-latency connectivity options between the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Digital transformation drives doubling of data communities
“Together these new capabilities in Toronto and Marseille represent a strategic milestone on Digital Realty’s global roadmap for PlatformDIGITAL® in North America and EMEA,” said A. William Stein, CEO of Digital Realty.
“Over the last 18 months since we announced our platform vision and strategy, we’ve introduced over 20 new data centre expansion projects around the globe. As enterprises across all industries rapidly shifted to digital business models during an unprecedented year, the global number of participants in our connected data communities more than doubled to over 4,000 organisations.”
Toronto is gaining a reputation as one of the next major technology hubs in North America – especially for for financial services, banking and insurance. The Data Gravity Index DGX™ reveals that the city is in the top 10 metros in terms of growth in data gravity intensity for these sectors through 2024.
Digital Realty also leverages IBM’s Direct Link 2.0 capability to provide access to the IBM Cloud in Toronto, enabling customers to spend less time designing and deploying network architectures to accelerate the development of new solutions via the hybrid cloud.
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.