Rackspace and Digital Realty To Build Energy Efficient, 130,000 sq ft UK Data Center

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Cloud hosting provider Rackspace along with Digital Realty Trust, Inc. have broken ground on a new 130,000 square foot UK data center facility in Crawley, West Sussex. The new datacenter will make use of innovative ‘indirect outside air’ cooling technology without the use of mechanical cooling.

The site sits across a 15 acre campus and will eventually comprise of four data suites with a total 10MW capacity. The initial outlay, providing 6MW across two data suites, is due to be delivered in the first half of 2015.

rackspace-cloud-hostingThe new data center has been designed specifically for the cloud hosting provider to maximize operational efficiency as well as Open Compute compatibility and scalability. Rackspace and Digital Realty have combined their expertise to develop and design a data center that will be highly energy efficient and would provide a competitive cost per kW. The facility also allows for expansion into additional buildings and will be built out in phases, in advance of demand by the cloud hosting provider’s customers.

Customers in all regions will be able to use the data centre, although Rackspace anticipates that the majority of requests will come from customers in the UK and Europe.

“Our hosting and cloud services are mission critical for our customer’s businesses so it’s important that their data is highly accessible as well as securely stored and managed,” said Mark Roenigk, COO, Rackspace. “This was at the heart of every decision we made when we worked with Digital Realty on the design of the data center.”