US-headquartered ServerFarm has entered the European data centre services market with the acquisition of an 8MW data centre located in Feltham, near London. The capture adds another 120,000 square feet to its existing data centre portfolio of more than one million square feet. The acquired facility was once used by a Deutsche Telekom subsidiary as ServerFarm continues to buy sites previously used by major technology vendors.
The data centre in Feltham was previously used by Deutsche Telekom IT services firm T-Systems to serve UK and pan-European clients. T-Systems had already started an exit from the site to move to larger premises run by Virtus in a colocation deal. “We are providing easy entry to the London ecosystem,” said Jim Shanahan, VP of global operations for ServerFarm.
“Our quick-to-market deployments create a dynamic opportunity for businesses and we have already added several new customers into the data centre.” These new customers may well include T-Systems if it hasn’t completed its migration to the Virtus site in Hayes, West London, seven miles away.
Close to Heathrow airport, the Feltham data centre is strategically located with direct connections to data centre hotspot Slough outside London and London’s Docklands close to the City of London financial district.
The acquired facility adds to ServerFarm’s growing data centre estate which already includes Moses Lake, Washington; Santa Clara, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Charlotte, North Carolina; Oak Brook, Illinois; and Toronto, Ontario. ServerFarm’s Atlanta data centre was acquired at the back end of last year and added 153,000 square feet to the company’s portfolio. That data centre was previously owned by chip maker AMD.
ServerFarm said the London buy would not be its last in Europe, as it plans to add extra facilities to its portfolio in both North America and across Europe.