Dresdner Kleinwort is moving a key datacentre out of London's Docklands area, in a bid to cut energy bills and improve power reliability.
The investment bank will relocate its datacentre in Watford, which will work in addition to another facility in Camberley, supporting the company's entire UK operations. The move reflects actions taken by a number of other large businesses as power reliability and energy costs in London become problematic.
A spokesperson said the bank “needed improved availability, reliability and speed of operation”. These factors, combined with regulatory demands over energy, drove it to take the opportunity to move as the London lease expired.
Dresdner Kleinwort said it wanted to be sure it had the “appropriate facilities” to support its business “now and into the immediate future”. The new centre will have increased capacity and reduced energy consumption, and will be ready for “predicted technology developments” in the next five to ten years, it said.
The new facilities would meet the Uptime Institute’s Tier IV standards, which mean 99.9 percent uptime with sophisticated fault tolerance.
The migration to Watford is taking place each weekend for two months, to ensure “minimal disruption”, it said.
Dresdner Kleinwort has an ongoing infrastructure renewal programme, which it said was timed to coincide with the datacentre move allow it to introduce new processes, as well as some new software and hardware. But it did not comment on the details or the potential cost savings.
The move to a datacentre that is greener, and outside London, reflects moves made by other large companies to escape the high energy costs. Chris Crosby, senior vice president of sales at Digital Realty Trust, a developer of datacentres and other technology-related real estate, said: “It’s got to happen because it’s so expensive in London and a lot of current electrical capacity is focused on Newham for the Olympics.”
However, Crosby played down the potential of some datacentre locations that are being touted for their low temperatures, low ground rents and increasing bandwidth opportunities.“You have to look at the cost of hiring people and places where people want to go,” he said.
Anthony Foy, managing director at datacentre host InterXion, said he did not believe too many companies would jump to move their datacentres out of London.
“I don’t think people will be rushing away from London anytime soon because most ICT managers want to be within screwdriver distance of their servers,” he said. “But what’s happening now is that people are dividing up their applications by latency and putting low-value applications like storage, or insensitive applications like data warehousing, further afield for processing overnight.”
Fujitsu Services recently opened a £44 million green datacentre that it claims will use about half of the power required by a conventional space. Based in Hertfordshire, the space is intended to serve UK and European organisations and is within 35 miles of London-based customers of Fujitsu.