NTT opens new hyperscale data centre in London
Japanese data centre and telecommunications leader NTT has opened a new hyperscale data centre in Dagenham, East London. The company announced today that the new facility, London 1, more than triples NTT’s data centre footprint in the UK.
London 1 is a state of the art colocation data centre and, when fully built out, will deliver 64 MW of IT load capacity across 25,600 sq feet of IT whitespace. The site will, according to NTT, provide UK businesses with industry-leading physical and technical infrastructure supported by N+1 UPS systems, generator backup, and highly redundant cooling systems.
NTT chose the East London location due to its proximity to the London Docklands, one of the most interconnected areas of the country, and is home to the infrastructure supporting the London Internet Exchange. The facility, once fully operational, will employ 100 skilled professionals.
The facility is NTT’s fifth data centre in the UK, and marks the continuation of an aggressive investment strategy in the country’s digital infrastructure. Over the coming years, NTT has earmarked more than £500mn for investment in expanding its data centre footprint in the country, including the expansion of London 1, and the opening of the Hemel Hempstead 4 Data Centre in 2021.
Masaaki Moribayashi, Senior Executive Vice President, Services for NTT, commented: “The London 1 Data Centre is the latest addition to our NTT global portfolio. Offering flexible, scalable and secure infrastructure along with customisable solutions, London 1 has been designed to accommodate a wide range of NTT clients and partners, from large scale Cloud/SaaS providers to enterprise clients who require full-stack services such as managed hybrid cloud solutions with global network services delivered from an industry leading and carrier neutral colocation facility. It is a great advantage that we can provide a variety of cloud infrastructure services such as private cloud, public cloud, and colocation within the same data centre.”
London 1 has been designed for maximum security and sustainability, using cooling technologies that eliminate the need for compressors and refrigerants, substances with a high carbon footprint, as well as using smaller backup generators and renewable power purchasing. NTT claims that the facility will achieve an average power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.2.
Florian Winkler, CEO of the Global Data Centres EMEA division of NTT commented in a company press release that, “We’re extremely proud to be opening London 1 Data Centre. UK data centres are a critical enabler of global business and ensure business continuity 365 days a year. The pandemic has demonstrated the vital importance of effective connectivity and reliable infrastructure for businesses to operate.”
Schneider Electric reveals new IT Innovation report
Schneider Electric has released a new IT innovations report titled “Digital Economy and Climate Impact”, with the aim of gaining an understanding of how digitised and smart applications will be powered in the future. The company says that the report predicts that IT sector-related electricity demand is expected to increase by almost 50% by 2030.
Despite this, the report also shows that emissions would not increase by more than 26% by the same year, following the decarbonisation of the electricity system. In an attempt to reduce this rise in emissions the Schneider Electric TM Sustainability Research Institute recommends continued efforts in achieving efficiencies on the IT and energy sides at both the component and system levels.
The report highlights how the rise of edge computing technologies require a “specific focus” due to these systems being less efficient than hyperscale data centres. “When the world locked down, it also logged on and internet traffic soared,” said Pankaj Sharma, EVP, Secure Power, Schneider Electric.
“It’s misleading to assume that digital activity will inevitably result in a deeply problematic increase in CO2 emissions. The analysis from the Schneider Electric Sustainability Institute puts to rest many of the worst-case scenario claims predicting IT-related electricity use will double every five years. That said, as an industry, we must remain vigilant in finding new sources of sustainability gains while ensuring resiliency as digital keeps life moving forward”, he added.
As well as the release of the report, Schneider Electric also announced several updates to its EcoStruxure IT data center infrastructure management software, Galaxy VL 3-phase uninterruptable power supply (UPS), introducing an industry-leading single-phase UPS, the APC™ Smart-UPS™ Ultra. All introductions are designed to advance the industry forward in meeting sustainability goals while increasing the resiliency of IT and data centre infrastructure, the company said.
Managing hybrid data center and edge IT environments
Also showcased in Schneider Electric’s report are the increasing demands on digital consumption. According to the company, these create a more complex hybrid environment inclusive of enterprise, cloud, and edge data centres. Addressing the unique management challenges of a hybrid IT environment, Schneider Electric has announced updates to its EcoStruxure IT software to increase efficiency and resiliency, including:
- Increased remote management capabilities: New granular remote device configuration features enable users to change configurations on one or more devices – including the new Galaxy VL and APC Smart-UPS Ultra single-phase UPS units – from one centralised platform with EcoStruxure IT Expert. This update, combined with previously released software insights on device security health, enables the user to identify faulty devices or configurations and address them in a matter of clicks, keeping their hybrid IT environment secure.
- Improved environmental monitoring: Environmental monitoring systems ensure users have eyes and ears on data centre and IT deployments from anywhere, anytime. With this update, users can push mass configurations remotely for NetBotz cameras 750 and 755 quickly and efficiently increasing security across the critical infrastructure.
- Enhanced remote capacity modeling and planning: With EcoStruxure IT Advisor’s new capabilities, users can remotely compare an unlimited number of racks and easily identify available capacity, view what assets are deployed and their dependencies.
Sharma concluded: “Schneider Electric has been focused on sustainability for the past 15 years and was recently named the most sustainable corporation in the world. We have embraced the mindset that future innovation will deliver better efficiency across the broader connectivity landscape. By making smart intentional choices, our industry can help mitigate how much electricity and emissions result from the rising appetite for digital technologies”.