The new Volta Data Centre in Great Sutton Street in the City of London, was formally opened today by Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor of London, and the man in charge of Business and Enterprise at City Hall.
The totally refurbished old Reuters building has been transformed into a 8,500 square metre data centre as bobsguide found out during a tour of the facility during its final fit out earlier this year.
The new DC building, which can now house at least 6,000 servers on the edge of the City of London’s conurbation of banks and financial institutions in the square mile (reducing execution latency times), has chillers on the roof of the Great Sutton Street facility and a dynamic cooling system to ensure it doesn’t overheat and huge V16 business continuity generators to ensure resiliency. It also has a resilient power supply thanks to its connection to two separate 33kv substations via UK Power Networks and the £80m worth of private investment money that has gone into refurbishing the facility.
Commenting on the official unveiling of the facility, Matthew Dent, chief executive of the operators, Volta Data Centres, said: “We embarked on this project because we realised that central London has been under-served by adequate data centre capacity and IT infrastructure. We have made this multi-million pound investment because we believe that London’s financial services, enterprise and media and content industries need to be better served to enable them to compete domestically and internationally.”
To mark the formal opening of the data centre and commenting on the benefits this would bring London’s enterprise communities, London’s Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse said: “This new data centre is clear evidence of the confidence there is in London’s digital economy. By making this investment Volta are making a serious contribution to the future success of our city.”
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who unfortunately was not able to attend, also added his support, commenting in a statement that: “Our world leading financial services industry needs robust infrastructure and rapid international links to remain competitive. I am delighted Volta has made this significant outlay, which will help create jobs, develop skills and attract further investment to London.”
The host for bobsguide’s earlier tour of the Great Sutton St Volta data centre, Julian King, the director at the operators, Volta Data Centres, said that he had: “Always believed that some of the entrepreneurial firms based in and around the Tech City area of London in which the DC is located, could become the most successful enterprises of tomorrow. We can them by providing capacity. Data Centre-style infrastructure is traditionally preserved for larger organisations due to cost and space requirements. From the outset however, we have introduced a service designed and priced to help these smaller financial and non-financial firms benefit from secure and robust infrastructure services designed to help them achieve their ambitions for future growth.”
Volta is a strong supporter of London’s Tech-City community. With the new data centre less than half a mile from the roundabout at Old Street, Volta has invested in exciting services specifically for technology SMEs and entrepreneurs, breaking down the barriers of entry for London’s tech community. The main customers are still, however, expected to investment banks, traders and others wanting to take advantage of the proximity and latency benefits of being sited so close to the City of London.
By Neil Ainger