KAO Data opens London One data centre

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KAO Data’s management team: Paul Finch, COO, Jan-Daan Luycks, CEO and Gerard Thibault, CTO

Kao Data has announced the opening of Kao London One, the first of four data centres to be built at the Kao Data Campus in Harlow. When fully completed, the £200 million campus will support an IT load of over 35MW across 150,000 sq ft of technical space.

As a rare new entrant to the wholesale data centre market, Kao Data has attracted a lot of attention both for its size and level of investment. The campus represents one of the largest developments in the UK and adds substantial capacity and future organic growth opportunities for customers. Kao Data Campus is located in the London-Stansted-Cambridge technology corridor, just 20 miles North of the London Docklands and 30 minutes from Liverpool Street.

Jan Daan Luycks, CEO of Kao Data said, “The ever-expanding data economy continues to drive the need for IT capacity. Kao London One provides highly resilient capacity and connectivity for national and international businesses. We believe that our strategic location and premium campus solutions offers an exceptional proposition to customers across a wide range of sectors, providing them with significant competitive edge.”

Paul Finch, Chief Operating Officer at Kao Data stated, “I’m delighted that the first phase of the Kao Data Campus has been brought to market according to schedule, with all objectives met and, importantly, on budget. From the outset of the project we went back to basics, with an acute focus on reliability and availability. We have shown these attributes can be complementary to lower capital and operations expenditure, energy-efficiency and sustainability.”

With concurrently maintainable site infrastructure, Kao London One is designed to provide 100% uptime. Together with climate control infrastructure utilising Indirect Evaporative Cooling (IEC) Units, the Kao Data Campus provides highly resilient and highly energy efficient operations, with a proven ultra-low PUE below 1.2.

John Keddie, Chairman of the Harlow Enterprise Zone said “We are delighted to see the completion of the first data centre at Kao Park. Not only does this mark a significant milestone in the development of the Enterprise Zone, but it marks the continuation in technological development here following on from the first development of fibre optic technology on the site 50 years ago. Harlow Council has been pleased to have been a partner in the data centre development, supporting the infrastructure delivery, and are excited about the prospect for further growth on the site”.

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