Custodian's DA2 to bring 10MW of new capacity to south England


UK-based colo provider Custodian Data Centres is planning to build a new, 10MW carrier-neutral data centre in Dartford, Kent, England.

Due to open in the second quarter of next year, DA2 is located 15 miles from Central London and will be constructed in three phases. DA2 is designed to host up to 800 racks, while the 2500 sqm size site will have a full capacity of 10MW, allowing growth of current and potential customers, including those in gaming and streaming services.

“Uptime, digital security and energy efficiency are shaping the business environment,” said Rowland Kinch, CEO, Custodian Data Centres. “As businesses look toward their post-pandemic future and re-draw their digital transformation roadmaps, it’s now a commercial imperative to have a data centre partner that can underpin their growth with agile mission-critical infrastructure. At Custodian, we believe that our service-first ethos offers a step-change for the data centre market, and that our new DA2 facility offers a competitive choice for organisations looking to step away from the crowded London Docklands.” 

Custodian broke ground on the project in September.

As a carrier neutral facility DA2 will link to all key Tier I and Tier II cloud providers and will include several fully diverse duct entry points, A + B carrier meet-me rooms and a dedicated Dark Fibre ring to offer latency connectivity from central London to Custodian’s ME14 data centre in Maidstone.

Further, it will offer its own Global IP Transit via Custodian’s ASN 50300, delivering 1G to 400G Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) & Wavelength/Optical services direct to customers’ racks.

On sustainability Custodian said the new facility would be powered with "100% dual diverse renewable energy feeds", with design " in keeping with its energy efficient flagship facility", ME14. This data centres uses five times less energy per kW of IT load than the average data centre. It will incorporate a chilled water-cooling system alongside hot and cold-aisle containment solutions to optimise IT temperatures within the whitespace, ensuring lower operating costs and a reduced carbon footprint for end-users.

“At Custodian we want to empower businesses to grow, and we do so by offering them agile mission-critical infrastructure combined with unparalleled technical service,” said Robert Williams, Technical Director, Custodian. “With a dedicated, on-site, M&E team who are primed to deliver bespoke infrastructure suites, including built-to-suit options, our DA2 facility will ensure customers have the power, cooling, security, connectivity and support to thrive in a post-pandemic world.”