Tsohost will open a 20,000 sq ft data centre in Slough in October

20 000 sq ft data centre to be built in Slough

A multi-million pound state-of-the-art data centre will be built in Slough, Berkshire, by UK web hosting provider Tsohost.

Scheduled to launch in October 2013, the 20,000 sq ft facility will have 9,300 sq ft of data hall space with provision for 120 high density racks.

The firm has strategically located the facility close to available power and fibre optic lines and a purpose built substation will provide reliable grid power to the data centre which will be further supported by two static diesel generators, each capable of supporting the entire data centre continuously in the event of a mains failure.

Technical director Adam Smith says: “We are experiencing massive growth and therefore building our own data centre infrastructure was the next logical step. We have been planning this since 2012 and, when the ideal location on the Slough Trading Estate came up, with ample connectivity and power, it was the perfect opportunity.

Each piece of equipment is fed from two separate UPS clusters as part of Tsohost’s 2N architecture, eliminating single points of failure to provide uninterrupted uptime.

“This investment gives us complete control over our environment allowing us to continue offering the uptime and performance our customers have come to expect.

“As a private company with no VC (venture capital) backing we were able to design the best technical solution, choosing best of breed vendors for each aspect of our infrastructure without being motivated purely by cost.

“To ensure the highest levels of resilience, we are working with industry leaders, including Emerson for cooling and UPS, Mardix for Switchgear and Tyco for fire suppression.”

Tsohost claims the network will have high resiliency and performance, with near limitless bandwidth availability, thanks to a dedicated dark fibre ring of roughly 150km interconnecting the facility with data centre providers Equinix LD5 and Telehouse Docklands.

And they have ensured the centre will have excellent power utilisation effectiveness and considerably reduced the facility’s environmental impact by using the latest green technologies and methods including Cold Aisle Containment, digital scroll compressors and increased hot aisle temperatures.

Dedicated to Tsohost customers, the new facility will have 3m perimeter fencing, electronic access control, 24/7 on site technicians and no third party co-location.

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