Colt to build 8,000sqm flagship European data centre

24 October 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


Colt Data Centre Services (DCS) is to build a new 8,000sqm flagship data centre in Germany after acquiring a greenfield site close to Frankfurt city centre.

Colt DCS is building the carrier-neutral site to not only service the German market but also helps drive its major European investment strategy, which also sees further expansion of its existing facilities in London and Paris, to expand Europe’s data capacity and meet rapidly expanding data requirements.

“Frankfurt remains a key market for us and one where we are seeing incredibly strong demand in colocation opportunities, which require large contiguous space,” said Detlef Spang, EVP of Colt Data Centre Services.

“The acquisition of this site means that we will be able to offer large scale capacity and connectivity-rich solutions in a known data centre hotspot. It will enable us to accommodate large enterprises and major cloud providers in a state-of-the-art city centre facility.”

The new German facility, which will complement Colt DCS’s existing Frankfurt site, will boast 8,000sqm across 12 data halls with a significant power capacity of 18MW.

Plans at its flagship UK site, London 3, will see 4 x 500m2 data halls with a total IT load of 6.4MW being added. This capacity will be ready for service in January 2017, with the construction of a further two data halls planned to commence shortly. The expansion at its Paris data centre will ultimately see it accommodate a total IT load of 3.2MW.

The news comes a week after Colt announced that it had begun construction of its second data centre in Tokyo, which is scheduled to open before the end of 2017. In June, the operator said it was to add 7,000sqm of capacity to its international operations including a new-build in Inzai, Japan, in addition to significant extensions to its existing data centres serving London, Berlin, and Hamburg.

“Most importantly, this investment means that we will be exactly where our customers want us, when they need us - both now and in the future - as we grow with them,” Sprang added.