IXcellerate begins construction on 200MW campus in Moscow
The campus will comprise several data centres, the first of which, Moscow Five, will come online in Q3 of this year, with an initial deployed capacity of 4MW and Tier III certification from the Uptime Institute. In early 2022, a further 8MW will be brought online. Upon completion, the campus will have a total capacity of 200MW, making it the largest data centre campus in Russia to date.
“We are proud to announce the largest expansion step in IXcellerate history – it underlines our commitment to helping the next generation of Russia’s tech entrepreneurs alongside the country’s accelerating public sector digitalisation,” commented IXcellerate’s chairman and CEO, Guy Wilner.
"We believe this next step in our growth will allow both enterprises and federal bodies to further harness technology to help create a greener future. In tandem with sustainability, data sovereignty is a major issue across the planet and our datacentres allow companies to fully comply with privacy and localisation laws whilst also providing the fastest, lowest latency access possible to Russia’s over 100 million Internet users. Ten years of experience, powerful infrastructure, investor support and the trust of our many Russian and international clients and partners give us grounds to be confident that our main goal – to become the best datacentre operator in Russia – will be achieved."
In a with Data Centre Magazine, WIlner explained that, over the course of its 10 year history, IXcellerate - which has its headquarters in London - has “come from being the outsider, the foreign incomer, to being the number two data centre player in the whole of the Russian Federation.”
IXcellerate’s move to the number two position in the Russian market was announced in November of last year, and reportedly due to the company’s opening of its second data centre, Moscow Two, a 1480 rack facility located at the company’s flagship campus in the north of Moscow, which brought the company’s rack capacity to 3315 racks.
Only native russian data centre operator DataLine offers more, with a capacity of 11,497 racks. If IXcellerate’s build out of the new campus continues as planned, it could go a long way towards closing that gap. IXcellerate’s new south Moscow campus plans to offer approximately 20,000 rack spaces upon full build out, putting it well ahead of DataLine and potentially moving the company into the position of Russia’s largest data centre operator.
Beyond Moscow, IXcellerate reportedly has plans to expand into St Petersburg, with Wilner telling that "it is likely IXcellerate will open St. Petersburg at some point and also look east during 2022/23 as there are over a dozen cities with a population over a million in Russia."
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.