£60m Data Center to Open in England’s Second City

£60m Data Center to Open in England’s Second City 6 Dec, 2012

Data City Exchange said its £60m flagship development in the English city of Birmingham will officially open in March 2013.

The campus incorporates 10MW of power and has targeted energy use of 70% less than traditional data centers due to ‘free air cooling and use of renewable energy sources and carbon footprint reduction technologies.’

As with Leeds further to the North of England, Birmingham has plans to become an alternative digital hub outside to London.

Mark Barrow, strategic director of development at Birmingham City Council, said: “We are pleased that the centre will create significant employment opportunities across the city and help support some of the local businesses in the area.”

Raj Mack, head of Digital Birmingham, said: “Access to world class connectivity lies at the heart of a smart connected city. Birmingham is increasingly being seen as a city with world class digital aspirations, establishing itself as the innovation test bed of Europe.”

John Eland, chief executive and co-founder of Data City Exchange, said: “dce Central Exchange offers tenants high end corporate data centre solutions based on our proprietary Evo-POD 96 rack high density data centres which are customisable and scalable, allowing customers to upgrade cooling capacity and power without downtime or major additional cost. We have plans to open a number of other facilities across the UK and Europe based on this innovative service offering.”

The firm is targeting media, financial and internet firms.