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Comtec Power signs deal with IP House to upgrade London data centre

Tue 21 Nov 2017

Data centre design and build specialist Comtec Power has signed a contract with London colocation start-up IP House to undertake a critical data centre upgrade.

Once the upgrade of the London Docklands site is completed the 16,000 sq. feet facility will meet the Uptime Institute Tier III requirements, meaning the carrier-neutral site will be able to give customers fast, secure and resilient colo services.

Tier III is currently the second-most rigorous set of uptime requirements, and is necessary for customers who need real-time delivery for a large part of their revenue stream. IP House is looking to attract high-value customers in the City of London and Canary Wharf, in industries such as financial services, gaming and online gambling.

Comtec, a partner of Schneider Electric, will be overseeing a staged upgrade of the facility. IP House will be using a ‘modular, pay-as-you-grow approach’ for deploying critical infrastructure, and will be using Schneider components such as Symmetra PX UPS and switching from APC by Schneider Electric.

“Our first data suite is comprised of Schneider Electric’s InfraStruxure (ISX) integrated data centre architecture and has 14,000sq ft. of white space with a total of 216 racks – 192 of which will be available for customers when the facility is operational in 2018,” said IP House operations manager Vinny Vaghani.

“Once the second stage is completed towards 2019, we’ll have a total of 512 racks with which to service our customers.”

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Ian Gregg, data centre specialist at Comtec, praised Schneider components utilised in the upgrade: “The modularity offered by Symmetra PX will allow IP House to expand their backup power as both the data centre and business grows.

“Its power modules and batteries have a smaller footprint than other products available in the market, meaning the space saved translates directly in the data centre, creating more room for customers IT equipment.”

According to recent research by Penny Jones, principal analyst at 451 Research, fears over the decline of London as a data centre hub following Brexit have been overplayed. Jones predicts the continued growth of the multi-tenant data centre market in the capital.

IP House intends to open doors to new customers at its Docklands site by early 2018.


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