NTT opens new Silicon Valley data centre
Japanese telecoms company NTT announced this week that its Global Data Centres Americas division has opened a new 16 megawatt data centre in the region of Silicon Valley in California.
The announcement, which was made on 13 April, saw the opening of the new SV1 centre become NTT' sixth U.S. campus and third data centre opening this year after three other campuses in Chicago, Illinois, and Oregon in February.
An additional data centre VA5 is also opening this year, expanding NTT's Ashburn campus.
Talking of the announcement, Doug Adams, CEO for the Global Data Centers Americas division of NTT Ltd., said: “We are excited to open this new data center in the highly sought-after Silicon Valley market as it represents the next step in our strategic expansion to all key U.S. markets.
"We’re continuing to put our clients at the center by meeting them where they want to be – in this case in the tech capital of the world – and evaluating options for future expansion," he added.
According to NTT, the construction of the SV1 is designed around earthquake protection with an advanced base isolation system in place to absorb and reduce shocks from major earthquakes.
VP of Construction and Design for the Global Data Centers Americas division of NTT Ltd., Brittany Miller, said: “All providers in the Santa Clara region build data centers to withstand earthquakes, but our base isolation design goes a step further.
"Not only does it protect the physical four-story building, but it also protects the mission-critical IT equipment and infrastructure inside the building from strong earthquakes.
"This system has been proven to work in several data centers in Japan, which is known for having severe earthquakes, and we wanted to add that extra peace of mind for our clients in Silicon Valley," she said.
The building consists of a combination of triple-friction pendulum pedestals and viscous dampers to dissipate energy and reduce building displacement, claims NTT.
The data centre includes 64,000 sq. ft of data floor space and is a total of four storeys high with "vaults to support the demands of organisations of any size, " NTT says.
The company also states that the SV1 comes with "plenty of on-site amenities", which include business-ready conference rooms, eight hoteling stations equipped with WiFi, and a break room with a dedicated lounge and kitchen area.
Ryuichi Matsuo, Executive Vice President for NTT Ltd.’s Global Data Centers division, said: “The Silicon Valley SV1 Data Center reinforces our investment in the U.S. data center market and commitment to growth for our clients.
"With NTT’s flexible, scalable, secure infrastructure and full-stack services, SV1 will accommodate the needs of a variety of clients, helping them achieve their business objectives.
"Clients today are looking for a growing, worldwide data center provider and this adds one more to NTT’s global data center portfolio that spans more than 20 countries and regions, including our five other U.S. campuses," he said.
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.