VIRTUS Data Centres (VIRTUS), the UK’s fastest growing data centre provider, continued its rapid growth trend of the last five years with another highly successful sales and service year in 2016. VIRTUS has not seen any negative impact on the London market post the Brexit vote; in fact, London is reported to have had a record year in colocation take up and VIRTUS share of that market is amongst the highest in the industry, continuing its growth as one of London’s top five largest colocation providers, with a portfolio of 45MW.
Increasing demand for the type of hyper efficient, well connected, flexible and scalable space, which VIRTUS has become known for, enables VIRTUS to be well positioned to deliver readily deployed IT space to enterprise and cloud service provider users alike. Its most recently completed data hall in LONDON4, comprises 2,200sqm, making it one of the largest single data halls in Europe.
Since June 2015, VIRTUS has been part of the network of ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC), a wholly owned portfolio company of ST Telemedia, an active investor in communications, media and technology businesses across the globe. STT GDC’s network comprises 45 top-tier data centres in key economic hubs, including China, India and Singapore. Customers have access to the benefits of a broad, global portfolio of local experts. Each operator provides customers with specialised local knowledge and expertise, and highly personalised customer service, whilst at the same time access to a global array of best of breed edge data centre solutions in each market.
Neil Cresswell, CEO of VIRTUS Data Centres, commented, “After the Brexit vote, there was a lot of talk about the negative impact it might have on the economy, and the UK data centre industry in particular, but we haven’t seen any slowdown in enquires so far. There’s naturally a long way to go, but things like the UK committing to adopt the GDPR as well as the positive UK economic growth figures, all continue to make London a very attractive place to do business. At VIRTUS we can only go by what our customers say and do, and we are continuing to grow fast and have a healthy pipeline. We are looking forward to continuing the momentum in 2017.
“Throughout 2016 demand was particularly strong from the cloud sector, but we have also seen significant growth in financial services, digital media and the education sector, as well as companies requiring a UK presence to target the public sector or to reduce latency through our edge data centre solutions.”
VIRTUS’ success means it is well on its way to being the largest hybrid colocation provider in the London metro area. Its strategy to build quality, flexible, scalable and highly efficient data centres at the lowest cost, and providing these state-of-the-art facilities with a new breed of complimentary ‘white glove’ levels of service management, including its real-time DCIM portal, VIP, seems to be going down well with the market, with plans for additional facilities well underway.