At the beginning of 2019, a new entrant to the data center sector, Echelon Data Centres, announced an investment in two data center developments on the island of Ireland. The two facilities combined would have a capacity of at least 184 MW, planning permission was in place and firm power agreements had been signed.
According to a new report from the Irish data center company, it is the right time to be investing in data centers and their operation. The wholesale adoption of – and reliance on – electronic payments, the inexorable rise of artificial intelligence (AI), the continuing roll-out and acceptance of the Internet of Things (IoT), the rapid adoption of virtual reality (VR) as a business collaboration tool and the established use of augmented reality (AR) in marketing communication all means the dataverse is expanding exponentially.
London, and particularly the business districts of The City and Canary Wharf, is home to many of the global businesses whose operations are data intensive. And while the city’s business focus and limited capacity requires a tailored approach, the report contends London data center capacity is in need of expansion and growth.
As such, in September 2019, Echelon Data Centres announced another investment in a 20 MW data center facility in London’s Docklands, ideally located for low latency services for both Canary Wharf and the city.
The new white paper from Echelon explores why now is the right time to expand London data center capacity, and what factors are driving this trend, as well as their strategic projects in the European data center market.