Dec 11, 2020

Interxion breaks ground on third Danish data centre

Data Centres
Nordics
hpc
colocation
Joanna England
2 min
The new facility will provide a range of HPC and colocation services to businesses operating in the Nordics
The new facility will provide a range of HPC and colocation services to businesses operating in the Nordics...

The Digital Reality company Interxion has broken ground on its latest data centre facility in Denmark, it's third such project in the country. The announcement brings the total number of sites in Interxion's European data centre portfolio to 94.

Located on Interxion's campus in Ballerup, the data centre will provide Nordics businesses access to Interxion's exclusive PlatformDIGITAL which already spans 24 countries across six continents.

The 7,000 square feet data storage and processing facility named CPH3, is to be constructed in three phases. In a recent statement, Interxion revealed the centre specs will have 2,300 square metres of whitespace when the first phase is completed in early 2022. The capacity will reach a total output of 14MW when all three phases are operational.

The additional capacity of the plant, along with Denmark's international fibre infrastructure, makes it possible for businesses to reach 80% of Europe's GDP in less than 25 milliseconds. The facility will also provide access to Microsoft's AWS Cloud and Azure ExpressRoute. 

When operational, the facility will access to 60 networks and ISPs as well as four Internet Exchanges, all the major cables, and HAVFRUE/AEC-2 - the transatlantic submarine cable connecting New Jersey to the Jutland Peninsula of Denmark, with a branch landing in Ireland.

Sustainability

In keeping with the global trend in sustainable data centres, CPH3 will use a recently completed groundwater cooling system 70 metres underground. The water temperature maintains a natural and steady 10-11 degrees Celsius and is pumped through heat exchangers to cool the HPC servers and reduce energy consumption on the data centre coolers.  

The centre will be constructed using energy-efficient innovations that will result in annual energy savings of more than 1,200 MWh. A large proportion of Interxion's Ballerup campus power comes from sustainable sources, including water, solar and wind.

Data gravity

The data centre will ease demands for colocation services and the region's stream of data traffic, which has increased globally since the start of 2020 and the global pandemic.

According to Digital Realty's recently published Data Gravity Index DGx, data gravity intensity is projected to more than double annually through 2024. It will grow faster across the EMEA region than in either North America or the Asia Pacific.  

"Data is migrating away from on-premise data centres to the cloud," said Peder Bank, Nordics Managing Director, Interxion.

"This trend, along with the exponential growth in the volume of data created, has prompted enterprises to harness the power of data gravity and deploy their critical infrastructure at key centres of data exchange."

Banks added that Interxion's Copenhagen campus forms a key, digital hub for Denmark, which offers a uniquely attractive business climate for new enterprises.  

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Jun 24, 2021

GTR and SEGRO agree first UK data centre facility

SEGRO
GTR
datacentres
CloudServices
2 min
SEGRO has reached an agreement with the European data centre platform, Global Technical Realty (GTR), to develop its first UK-based 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. 

Image: SEGRO

 

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