UK Data Center Provider VIRTUS Data Centres Awarded G-Cloud 9 Status

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VIRTUS Data Centres, one of the largest hybrid colocation providers in the London metro area, has achieved supplier status with the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) as part of the G-Cloud 9 initiative.

Building on the “success” of the previous G-Cloud 7 listing, this will allow VIRTUS Data Centres to extend access to its Managed Cloud Connect Infrastructure Service (VMCCI) to central government, local government, health, education, devolved administrations, emergency services, defense and not-for-profit organizations, utilizing the G-Cloud framework.

The new G-Cloud 9 listing, and enhancements made to the VMCCI solutions, means that publicly funded bodies now have access to a wider array of public and private cloud services with increased commercial flexibility and choice via the wholly owned data center assets in the VIRTUS portfolio.

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The new data center build will increase VIRTUS’ portfolio in London to over 50MW across four sites, making it one of the largest colocation providers in the London area.

“Digital transformation and cloud migration are on the agenda of almost every organization, public or private, which is driving the need for high quality, innovative, efficient data center space,” said Darren Watkins, Managing Director, VIRTUS Data Centres. “Our data centers, where the cloud lives, are in high demand by any organization that wants to improve interconnectivity between people, applications and data. We are delighted to provide easier, more efficient access to the public sector without the need for long, complicated drawn out tender processes. We bring cost- savings and efficiency through agile, flexible and connected services.”

The VIRTUS Managed Cloud Connect Infrastructure solution supports the Government’s policy to centrally manage the procurement of common goods and services through an integrated commercial function at the heart of government.

VMCCI can be used by organizations across the UK public sector including central government, local government, health, education, devolved administrations, emergency services, defense and not-for-profit organizations and will support the migration of services from dedicated ‘on premise’ architecture through to off premises hybrid cloud solutions.

New London Colocation Data Center

This announcement comes on the heels of the news that Virtus Data Centres has planned the launch of its fourth data center facility in the London metro area. The new data center – to be called LONDON3 – will be located next to the existing VIRTUS LONDON4 in Slough.

This new colocation data center will provide an additional 3,000 NTM (net technical meters) of IT space. It will increase VIRTUS’ portfolio in London to over 50MW across four sites, making it one of the largest colocation providers in the London area. The data center will be fitted out in two phases, with the first phase expected to open for business by Summer 2018.