Node4 has announced the growth of the company with the development of a third brand new Data Centre (DC3) just outside Leeds due to open in January 2009. Specialists in colocation, managed hosting and connectivity, Node4 have seen a 100% growth in existing data centre space in the last year.
“Since Node4 launched our DC2 in Derby in November of last year, we have witnessed huge demand for data centre space, both from existing and new customers looking for a quality data centre provider that is resilient and secure, and can meet power requirements all wrapped with a good level of customer service. In today’s financial climate, businesses want to make sure they are getting the best value from their investment and we are obviously doing something right for them” said Node4 Managing Director, Andrew Gilbert; “We knew that the only way to meet the increased demand was to invest in building a brand new data centre, and so after careful planning we have started the ball rolling on developments on a site ideally located within easy reach of the M62, M1 and A1.”
The new facility will have the capacity to hold 500 racks with some private suites available on request. DC3 will continue with, and also improve on the high standards Node4 already have in their existing data centres with UPS, Generators, Climate Control all being N+1 and in some cases N+N. There will also be multiple 10Gb links between the new site and Node4 headquarters in Derby, giving customers the option to have a full DR solution spread across two sites.
Actions have been taken throughout the planning process to make the data centre as environmentally friendly as possible. Ultima Compact Freecool air conditioning units from Airedale International have been chosen to ensure that sound and vibrations are kept to a minimum, which in turn maximises the energy efficiency of the units without compromising the capacity.
Monitoring power is also another big issue in data centres especially with costs rising in recent months. Intelligent power management from Raritan will be utilised in Data Centre3 which allows greater monitoring and control of power to improve operational productivity and power efficiency.
Building has already begun with the steel structure of the building in place and the internal designs are currently being finalised.