Virtus Builds New UK Data Center

(Ping! Zine) – Following a successful fundraising campaign, Virtus have appointed ETDE (M&E subsidiary of Bouygues Construction) as their Principal Contractor and have commenced on-site construction.

The carrier neutral data centre is located in Enfield, North London and will provide in total circa 27,000 ft² of net technical space across two phases. EDF have delivered two separate 8MvA power feeds to the site boundary in an ‘active active’ configuration and Virtus have contracted with Virgin Media to be the first fibre provider for dual diverse connections in to Telehouse Metro and Telehouse East.

The first phase of the Tier III, concurrently maintainable data centre is scheduled for practical completion in late February 2011 delivering 8,632 sq ft of raised floor technical space across two dedicated stand-alone data halls of 4,316sq ft each. The data centre is designed to deliver and average of 1.5kW/sq m with a power compliment to each data hall in phase 1 of 640kW. Phase 2 will see the introduction of a further 18,000 sq ft.

Data Centre features include:

•LEED accreditation.
•2N UPS configuration dedicated to each stand alone data hall.
•N+1 configuration on standby generators.
•N+1 configuration on chillers with ‘Free-cooling’ functionality.
•Robust physical and virtual security features including CCTV and biometric recognition.
•Build and storage areas.
•Meeting rooms, presentation facilities and hot-desking.
•Remote hands and eyes services.
For interested parties the Virtus team is on call to address any enquiries for further information or arrange site visits please contact [email protected]