Kao Data Centre set to open in £200 million campus in Harlow

Business / Wed 24th Jan 2018 at 05:50am

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DATA centre operator Kao Data has opened the doors of its first data centre building, sitting on one of the largest hosting campus in the country.

When fully completed, the £200m campus will support an IT load of over 35MW across 150,000 sq ft of technical space.

The new data centre has now opened with a fully operational Technology Suite, providing 2.2MW customer-ready technical space within an 8.8MW Powered Shell.

Together with climate control infrastructure utilising Indirect Evaporative Cooling (IEC) Units, the Kao Data Campus counts with a PUE below 1.2.

An official opening ceremony is scheduled for February 8th.

Jan Daan Luycks, CEO of Kao Data, said: “The ever-expanding data economy continues to drive the need for IT capacity. Kao London One provides highly resilient capacity and connectivity for national and international businesses.

“We believe that our strategic location and premium campus solutions offers an exceptional proposition to customers across a wide range of sectors, providing them with significant competitive edge.”

David Bloom, Chief Executive and Founder of Goldacre Ventures (now part of the Noé Group), said: “It is has become increasingly rare for new companies to launch into the wholesale data centre market. The barriers to entry are simply too high given the funding requirement and the lack of suitable sites with sufficient owned power, land and connectivity.

“Kao Data Campus represents an exciting and important resource for the UK data economy. Not only is it backed by some of the world’s most astute investors, it also benefits from an experienced and visionary management team.”

Also commenting, John Keddie, Chairman of the Harlow Enterprise Zone, said that the data centre is not only a significant milestone in the development of the Harlow Enterprise Zone, but it marks the continuation in technological development here following on from the first development of fibre optic technology on the site 50 years ago.

He said: “Harlow Council has been pleased to have been a partner in the data centre development, supporting the infrastructure delivery, and are excited about the prospect for further growth on the site”.

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