By Daniel Hunter

Cloud, hosting and colocation experts, Pulsant has completed the first phase of a £14 million, three year investment programme to create a new South London Data Centre Campus at its existing site in Croydon.

Once complete, the facility will offer over 8,400m² of data centre space increasing the group total to over 34,000m², making Pulsant one of the largest private data centre operators in the UK.

Only 10 miles from London’s city centre, Pulsant’s campus site offers secure, resilient and competitively priced, high capacity data storage facilities and ultra-fast connectivity. Providing low latency connections exactly where they are needed most - close to the capital’s financial and commercial heart. All infrastructure has been designed to ensure there is no single point of failure and that customers’ data is physically secure.

Ideal for businesses in London and its immediate surrounds, the site features advanced cooling, power management and security systems. These include diverse power supplies, cold aisle containment and server pods, to optimise server performance and control costs. By 2014, it will provide eight separate data halls, supporting a total of 1,680 racks at between 2 and 10Kw per rack. As a dedicated campus site, it also offers on-site technical teams, enterprise class processes and comfortable facilities for clients’ IT staff, including; parking, rest rooms, kitchen and facilities, dedicated offices and meeting rooms.

Pulsant South London will make a considerable impact on IT provisioning for London based companies and those looking for large scale facilities to support nationwide data infrastructure. It is a unique opportunity for businesses seeking to expand their data storage but currently restricted by space, power and cost. It is also ideal for those in the process of upgrading their IT infrastructure and servers who want to optimise performance within a state of the art data centre environment.

Mark Howling, CEO at Pulsant, comments, “The scale of our facility allows customers to consume capacity to suit their requirements. Options range from single racks and cages to fully customised private data suites and even dedicated data halls. This flexibility is achieved with our funding structure and modular build process, which creates capacity options that transcend the traditional divide of retail and wholesale providers. Customers can consume on either a usage or fixed cost basis and for larger kilowatt (Kw) power requirements, which is traditionally associated with larger wholesale transactions. The key difference being that we offer extremely flexible terms whilst still maintaining a highly competitive price.”

He adds, “Only 10 miles from London’s city centre and 7 minutes from the M25, our new facility will help London based businesses keep their data close in a discreet location; giving them room to grow while achieving significant site-specific cost savings without compromising accessibility.”

Pulsant South London operates to strict ISO standards to maintain guaranteed levels of data security at all times. For those customers who operate payment processing, the data centre can support PCI DSS 2.0 compliant platforms. The entire site is contained within a highly secure, dual fenced perimeter. HD CCTV ensures access and movement is constantly monitored and manned security services operate 24/7.

Already servicing Pulsant’s existing London-based clients, Phase 1 of the facility is now available for occupation by colocation customers. Pulsant has a 25 year lease agreement, full planning consent and capital investment for all four phases of the development project which completes in 2015.

For companies with multiple site requirements, Pulsant also provides additional capacity at seven other strategic data centre locations throughout the UK. It also offers high capacity resilient interconnectivity, managed and hosted services, public and private cloud computing, application services, and full IT outsourcing.

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