BT injects £14 million into new data centre services hub

BT is spending 14 million beefing up its data centre capabilities so that it can provide better business continuity, transformational and infrastructure hosting and management services to large businesses and public sector organisations.

The South London facility, which spans 930 square metres, will open its doors in September this year, when it will play home to the telco's growing customer base in a market that is reckoned to be worth more than 5 billion in Europe.

The new data centre will make use of biometric security measures in order to conform to the high standards demanded by some of BT's customers, particularly those in financial services and government.

In addition, BT also says that the building will meet industry standards of availability performance criteria as set by the Uptime Institute.

"Data centre services are fundamental to the delivery of networked IT services," said Andy Green, chief executive of BT Global Services.

"This significant investment in a new data centre within the M25, where real estate space is at a premium, demonstrates our long-term commitment to supplying world class networked IT services globally. Our ambition is to drive growth of 20 per cent per annum in the data centre services market. This new prime location facility is the cornerstone of BT's strategy to continue to deliver the highest level of service to customers across our data centre service portfolio while putting us in a strong position to build on our success."

Maggie Holland

Maggie has been a journalist since 1999, starting her career as an editorial assistant on then-weekly magazine Computing, before working her way up to senior reporter level. In 2006, just weeks before ITPro was launched, Maggie joined Dennis Publishing as a reporter. Having worked her way up to editor of ITPro, she was appointed group editor of CloudPro and ITPro in April 2012. She became the editorial director and took responsibility for ChannelPro, in 2016.

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