Telehouse adds LINX to new £135m London facility

17 August 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


Telehouse Europe has launched the first phase of its London Docklands North Two data centre by confirming the London Internet Exchange (LINX) as a partner.

Telehouse North TowerThe £135 million North Tower facility, which has two floors of secure colocation space immediately available to early adopters, cover 24,000 square metres of gross floor area across an 11-storey building and will further improve connectivity within its existing 73,000 square metre London Docklands campus.

“The partnership between Telehouse and LINX has driven innovation and progress in the UK and worldwide, leading to unrivalled connectivity. The launch of North Two will further drive the industry to reach new heights and allow businesses to grow exponentially,” said Hiroyuki Soshi, managing director of Telehouse Europe.

The investment in North Two further enhances connectivity at Telehouse’s Docklands campus, already one of the most highly connected data centre sites in Europe, with direct access to a diverse range of connectivity partners. Telehouse claims that the North Two facility will be “the first multi-floor data centre in the world to feature a vertical indirect adiabatic and evaporative cooling system, delivering a power usage effectiveness of 1.16”, which would make it one of the greenest data centres in the world.

Telehouse is the primary home of LINX, a network that effectively provides the backbone to the UK’s internet, and is one of the largest sites for internet traffic exchange in the world. John Souter, CEO of LINX, added: “Our relationship with Telehouse goes back more than 20 years and it has enabled us to transform London’s Docklands into one of the world’s leading global internet hubs. This partnership is only going to grow in importance, with the new facility delivering greater connectivity and capacity as internet traffic continues to grow.”

LINX has more than 700 members from around the globe and Telehouse hosts the vast majority of this UK internet peering traffic through its Docklands campus. The siting of LINX within Telehouse North Two, will meet any increased demand for low-latency data flow, or high volume traffic exchange through the hosting of powerful 100GE capable routers.

In addition to LINX, several other new and existing customers have already registered their interest in purchasing space within Telehouse North Two, following advance tours earlier this year.

The site has a total power capacity of up to 73 MVA, which includes a capacity of up to 50 MVA from the substation and 23 MVA from six additional commercial power feeds.

The news comes after LINX cut port fees by 40% and Telehouse experienced a power failure on the 3rd floor at its TFM10 Telehouse North facility in the Docklands last month.