According to various logistics sites Amazon has done a deal on a former Tesco warehouse in Surrey, and Retail Week think this signals a launch of their Fresh grocery delivery service in the UK. However, we think differently, the last time that Amazon did a similar deal with Tesco back in 2011 the warehouse ended up being one of the bases for their Irish Availability Zone. Amazon doesn’t open single data centres instead it creates zones where two or more data centres – up to six - are clustered within 10 miles of each other to create a local instant fail-over solution.
Amazon has agreed a 10-year lease on former Tesco warehouse which would give them enough security to set up a UK Zone and give them enough time to find/build another data centre if it’s successful. The site is certainly large enough to house a data centre and close enough to London for low latency requirements – it’s inside the M25. Additionally while an Irish data centre is in the EU, it’s still not in the UK and for certain sectors post-Snowden that’s just not good enough.
The Logic305 warehouse site they have leased is just under 305,000 square feet and is located in leafy Weybridge, Surrey, on the historic Brooklands Industrial Estate, near J10/11 of the M25 and 15 miles from Heathrow airport.
Back in 2011 Amazon also leased two other locations in Ireland for its data centre expansion, including the Clonshaugh Industrial Estate and the Snugborough Industrial Estate in Ballycoolin.
Alas, this time the only other facility that Amazon have leased big enough to be the other part of an Availability Zone is a 260,000 square foot warehouse in Bardon, Leicestershire. Which is a little too far away, to form a normal Availability Zone with Weybridge.
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