Data centre a boost for east London tech industry
The capital's first data centre to open in a decade will cater for the needs of east London's burgeoning tech industry.
The Deputy Mayor of London Kit Malthouse launched the facility in Great Sutton Street in Clerkenwell last week following a year-long building project.
Designed and run by Volta Data Centres it will support tech and digital firms springing up across east London.
Julian King, director of Volta, said the service will help a host of different sized tech businesses.
"We have always believed that some of the entrepreneurial firms based in and around Tech City today could become the most successful enterprises of tomorrow," he said.
"Data centre-style infrastructure is traditionally preserved for larger organisations due to cost and space requirements.
"From the outset however, we have introduced a service designed and priced to help these smaller firms benefit from secure and robust infrastructure services designed to help them achieve their ambitions for future growth."
London's deputy mayor for business and enterprise Kit Malthouse, said the new data centre was "clear evidence of the confidence" in London's digital economy.
"By making this investment Volta are making a serious contribution to the future success of our city," he said.
As well as Tech City, the centre will also support media firms in the West End and enterprises in the financial sector.
Built half a mile from the tech business centre at Old Street, the data centre is described as resilient, requiring a London-wide outage before its back-up power systems are needed.
Chief executive of Volta Data Centres Matthew Dent said the centre was an answer to poor data capacity and IT infrastructure in the capital.
"We have made this multi-million-pound investment because we believe that London's financial services, enterprise and media and content industries need to be better served to enable them to compete domestically and internationally," he said.