Yondr Group announces US data centre expansion plan
Yondr Group, an operator and service provider of hyperscale data centres, announced yesterday a plan to build data centre infrastructures across the United States Canada, and Central and South America. The company claims that the investment will add to its existing network of global data centres and “underscore the growing momentum to meet cloud and edge computing demands in the Americas”.
Appointed as Senior Vice President of Operations for the Americas, Éanna Murphy will lead the investment, development, and management of digital infrastructure for the Americas, ensuring solutions are delivered, the company said.
“The Americas represent a significant opportunity for Yondr Group,” said Dave Newitt, CEO and Founder of Yondr Group. “Already, the USA’s data centre capacity alone is more than twice that of Europe. And it’s continuing to grow, with a predicted 11GW of capacity in place by 2025.
“With Éanna’s market leadership and Yondr Group’s unrivalled ability to build cost-effective, secure and scalable data centres, faster than anyone else, we’re bringing greater flexibility and sustainability to our clients in the Americas”, he said.
Efficient, inclusive, sustainable
According to Yondr, speed is at the heart of everything it does. The company claims to “streamlined” their entire data centre model with the aim of becoming the fastest full-scale service provider of data centres in the world. In addition, the company announced that all of its data centres are “carbon neutral at the point of handover to its clients as of January 2021”.
As part of the US expansion plan, Yondr Group is also aiming to make a “concerted effort” to encourage more people to join the data centre industry as it addresses the “shrinking talent pool” by widening recruitment through cross-skilling. The announcement came as part of a global scaling strategy that aims to see the company deliver data centres across five continents by 2024.
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.