Colt extends European data centre footprint

11 Dec 2007

Colt Telecom has opened new data centres in London and Amsterdam, bringing to 18 the number of facilities it runs in major European cities.

The new centres cement the company’s strategy of extending its footprint in the European data centre sphere. Colt has opened four new data centres in 2007 alone in response to increased market demand.

Independent research released by the company last month found that two thirds of European businesses plan to increase their use of third-party data centre services to counter the growing cost and complexity of managing secure data in-house.

“We have seen a leap in demand for data centre services in the past 12 months, particularly as businesses tackle business continuity and regulatory compliance needs,” said Gary Keogh, managing director of Colt Telecom’s Irish operations.

“With 18 data centres all built to the highest industry standards, ISO 27001 compliant and integrated into our network, we are uniquely positioned to provide the space, security and managed services that European businesses are looking for, from storage and security services to application hosting and managed IT solutions. We are committed to establishing a best-in-class industry benchmark for European data centres.”

Colt’s London-based data centre London 3 will be the flagship centre in Europe at 8,600sq metres. Colt Telecom also opened data centres in Lisbon and Copenhagen in 2007.

By Niall Byrne