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NTT opens London data centre as part of £500m investment plan

14 December 2020 | Abigail Opiah

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NTT Ltd. has unveiled the opening of its London 1 Data Centre, the latest addition to its growing data centre portfolio, in Dagenham, East London.

In the company’s virtual tour of the facility, NTT Ltd. said the location will more than triple its data centre footprint in the UK and make it the third largest data centre company globally.

The company also expects 100 people with technical and operational skills will be employed at the London data centre when it is fully operational with clients.

The opening of the facility part of NTT’s ongoing £500 million data centre investment strategy, with the company adding that further sites will include the opening of Hemel Hempstead 4 Data Centre, NTT’s seventh data centre in the UK.

Dagenham, East London was chosen for London 1 Data Centre due to its proximity to the Docklands, which is established as the UK’s internet hub and backbone for the global internet network that facilitates the majority of the London Internet Exchange's (LINX) infrastructure, according to the company.

“World-class digital infrastructure projects are fundamental to our wider digital and investment strategies,” said the Minister for Investment, Gerry Grimstone.

“Businesses are increasingly demanding infrastructure like this to operate innovatively, securely and efficiently.

“NTT’s continued commitment to the UK will help us to build and solidify our reputation as a leader in technological innovation in the industries of the future that will help us build back better.”

The data centre will have 25,600 sqm of IT space and a maximum IT load of 64 MW when fully operational.

Masaaki Moribayashi, Senior Executive Vice President, Services for NTT Ltd. comments, “The London 1 Data Centre is the latest addition to our NTT global portfolio.

“Offering flexible, scalable and secure infrastructure along with customisable solutions, London 1 Data Centre has been designed to accommodate a wide range of NTT clients and partners, from large scale cloud/SaaS providers to enterprise clients who require full-stack services such as managed hybrid cloud solutions with global network services delivered from an industry leading and carrier-neutral colocation facility.

“It is a great advantage that we can provide a variety of cloud infrastructure services such as private cloud, public cloud, and colocation within the same data centre.”

The data centre has been built with sustainability and security in mind. The latest technology removes the need for compressors and refrigerants, which can have a significant impact on global warming.

The facility will deliver a power usage effectiveness of 1.2, and the company pledged to only use guaranteed renewable power throughout the site.

“We’re extremely proud to be opening London 1 Data Centre,” said Florian Winkler, CEO of the Global Data Centers EMEA division of NTT Ltd.

“UK data centres are a critical enabler of global business and ensure business continuity 365 days a year.

“The pandemic has demonstrated the vital importance of effective connectivity and reliable infrastructure for businesses to operate.”

Elsewhere, it was recently announced that the CEO of NTT Ltd. Global, Jason Goodall, is to retire at the end of June 2021 after 23 years with the company.