New data centre opens in Bristol

Edge Data Centre

A new data centre is being opened in Bristol by Proximity Data Centres.

Referred to as an “edge data centre” is a facility located close to the population it serves which delivers cloud computing resources and cached content to users. Edge colocation refers to the practice of renting space in these data centres to serve up data quicker than using a larger centralised colocation service.

Proximity Edge 9, the new 90,000 square feet Bristol facility, has been built to tier 3 standards, meaning it has multiple paths for power and cooling, and systems in place to update it and maintain it without going offline. Tier 3 data centres have an expected uptime of 99.982 per cent, which equates to an annual downtime of only 1.6 hours.

The centre has 4MW of IT capacity including 1MW of ‘white space’ – the area where IT equipment is placed – immediately available with the potential to expand to 20MW. The site also benefits from multiple Tier 1 operators nearby who are ‘On Net’, meaning directly connected to the network, with available unused fibre optic connections, known as ‘dark fibres’.

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John Hall, Managing Director of Colocation at Proximity Data Centres, said: “Our new Bristol site is strategic to ensuring we continue to provide fit-for-purpose edge colocation facilities close to major conurbations and population areas,

“Edge 9 is at the heart of one of the UK’s largest and most vibrant regions and ensures we remain on track to meeting our ultimate goal of serving 95% of the population outside of the London metro region.”

With the addition of Bristol, Proximity Data Centres now cover the North, North West, Midlands, Thames Valley, South West and South Wales. In the next 12 to 18 months 20 sites will be available in total, covering 95 per cent of the UK population.

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