zColo to launch data centre near London

zColo to launch data centre near London

Colo, Zayo Group’s colocation subsidiary, is planning to expand its European presence with a data centre in the UK capital. The facility will be located in Feltham about 20 miles from central London and around 11 miles from Slough, the UK’s largest colocation, cloud and interconnection hub. Slough hosts service providers including Equinix, Infinity SDC, VIRTUS Data Centres and the London Internet Exchange (LINX).

Zayo offers colocation and cloud services from its own data centres, but the biggest share of its business is the provision of dark and lit fibre connectivity services to enterprise customers across the US and Europe. The company’s latest data centre will offer 2,790 m2 of total floor space, with a maximum capacity of 3.6MW, and will be linked into Zayo’s own fibre network, which spans 127,000 miles.

Senior vice president of Zayo’s zColo business segment, TJ Karklins, said: "The facility strengthens our commitment to the UK, perhaps in light of the country’s planned exit from the European Union, which some fear could steer business towards remaining member states.

“This facility will offer low-latency connectivity to Slough, city centre, and even around central London for connection directly to France and the rest of Europe. We look forward to delivering high-compliance, network-neutral solutions from our growing European platform,” he added.

Meanwhile, back in the US last November, parent company Zayo got its hands on a low latency fibre route connecting New York and Chicago by buying telecommunications provider Spread Networks for $127 million in cash. The deal to acquire the company, which owns and operates a 825 mile fibre route connecting New York and Chicago, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018, subject to customary closing conditions.