NTT Ltd., opens a new data centre in Dagenham as part of £500m investment plan in the UK.
Today major Japanese global technology services provider NTT Ltd., announced they will be opening a new data centre in Dagenham, East London. It is expected to create 100 jobs in a boost to London’s technology sector.
The ‘London 1’ data centre will be the latest addition to its growing portfolio, which includes five other data centres in the UK in Hemel Hempstead and Slough. The site is also a location of historic innovation. It is where Winston Churchill benefitted from penicillin developed on the site by May and Baker during World War II, and the famous Ford car factory was adjacent.
London 1 Data Centre will open as part of NTT’s ongoing £500 million data centre investment plan and highlights its commitment to the UK’s digital and tech industry.
The Department for International Trade has provided extensive support for the company throughout the investment process, connecting the business with government and providing information on the Technology and Data Centre markets in the UK, skills and training, and smart cities opportunities.
The department will continue to provide support for expansion of NTT Ltd.’s data centre portfolio in the UK as they look to secure additional facilities to meet growing demand.
This investment closely follows the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement agreed in September, which brings together two of the world’s most technologically advanced nations, placing the UK at the forefront of shaping new global standards on digital trade.
It also follows the major investment by US property developer Hackman Capital Partners in a Hollywood-style film production complex in Dagenham – across the road from the London 1 data centre.
Minister for Investment, Gerry Grimstone said:
Jason Goodall, CEO, NTT Ltd. added:
Florian Winkler, CEO of the Global Data Centers EMEA division of NTT Ltd., said:
The UK headquartered firm say they chose Dagenham for the area’s reputation as a digital and media innovation hub and its proximity to the Docklands. The Docklands is already 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. The new location in Dagenham will more than triple NTT’s UK data centre footprint and be a major boost to the UK’s thriving tech industry.
London 1 Data Center, when fully operational, will have 25,600 sqm of IT space and a maximum IT load of 64 MW. It will provide businesses with the best possible physical and technical infrastructure supported by N+1 UPS systems, generator backup, as well as highly redundant cooling systems. The data centre also includes a Technology Experience Lab, which will be used to test new technologies and validate hybrid cloud services and innovations faster and at a lower cost.
The data center 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. Additionally, the data center will deliver a power usage effectiveness of 1.2, which is aligned with industry best practice; and uses smaller generators to generate fewer greenhouse gases. NTT say they will also only use guaranteed renewable power throughout the site.