Volta Data Centres, the specialist provider of data centres to the financial, media and content industries, announced that Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise, is formally opening the Great Sutton Street facility this morning.
Following a year-long project to strip out and re-fit the facility, Volta's multi-million pound investment represents a significant commitment to London's technology infrastructure.
The first new central London data centre to open in a decade, Volta's Great Sutton Street facility provides a resilient, secure and sustainable IT environment for businesses requiring a central London location. Volta's data centre offers high speed domestic and international connectivity provided by some of the world's leading telecommunication carriers.
Located on the edge of the City, Volta is ideally placed to serve companies in the financial services sector, SMEs and technology entrepreneurs in and around Tech City, as well as the media industry in London's West-End. The data centre benefits from a unique and diverse 33kV power supply fed from two separate parts of the national grid. In effect, the whole of London would have to suffer an outage before Volta's back-up power systems are required, making it one of the most resilient data centres in the UK.
Matthew Dent, Chief Executive of Volta Data Centres said: "We embarked on this project because we realised that central London has been under-served by adequate data centre capacity and IT infrastructure. We have made this multi-million pound investment because we believe that London's financial services, enterprise and media and content industries need to be better served to enable them to compete domestically and internationally."
To mark the formal opening of the data centre and commenting on the benefits this would bring London's enterprise communities, London's Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse said: "This new data centre is clear evidence of the confidence there is in London's digital economy. By making this investment Volta are making a serious contribution to the future success of our city."
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, also added his support saying: "Our world leading financial services ins industry needs robust infrastructure and rapid international links to remain competitive. I am delighted Volta have made this significant outlay, which will help create jobs, develop skills and attract further investment to London."
Julian King, Director of Volta Data Centres added, "We have always believed that some of the entrepreneurial firms based in and around Tech City today could become the most successful enterprises of tomorrow. Data Centre-style infrastructure is traditionally preserved for larger organisations due to cost and space requirements. From the outset however, we have introduced a service designed and priced to help these smaller firms benefit from secure and robust infrastructure services designed to help them achieve their ambitions for future growth."
Volta is a strong supporter of London's Tech-City community. With the new data centre less than half a mile from the roundabout at Old Street, Volta has invested in exciting services specifically for technology SMEs and entrepreneurs, breaking down the barriers of entry for London's tech community.