03 January 2018
Independently owned operator 4D Data Centres has completed a £500,000 expansion of its Gatwick facility following what it says was “higher than expected” demand from businesses across the South East.
Since opening in March 2017, 4D says it has sold all of its phase 1 rackspace capacity at Gatwick, and has also increased its workforce by 20 per cent in the last six months.
The company’s MD Jack Bedell-Pearce says: “Due to a hugely positive response from the local business community, we’ve been forced to bring forward our expansion plans for the site and invest £500,000 in building out additional rackspace to keep up with demand.”
4D says its phase 2 expansion, which will see a third of the overall capacity being used, will take place within the next 12 months. “We’re having a significant impact on boosting the digital economy of West Sussex by being able to provide faster internet connections and secure data centre space to growing businesses in Crawley, Croydon and Brighton in particular,” claims Bedell-Pearce. “Over the next year, we are planning to invest a further £1 million into infrastructure upgrades at the Gatwick site and continue to hire and train technical staff from the local area.”
Among its key specifications, 4D says Gatwick offers 3MW of power, 10,000ft2 of technical space, up to 400 racks, fully diverse fibre connections, and dedicated cross-connects into the 4D cloud platform as well as other public cloud providers.