London power shortage is a myth, says hosting firm

A hosting company has poured scorn on the received wisdom that datacentres in London are struggling with shortages of power.

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A hosting company has poured scorn on the received wisdom that datacentres in London are struggling with shortages of power.

"We've actually got the reverse problem," said Greg McCulloch, managing director of Interxion. "We have more power than we can use."

Interxion recently expanded its Brick Lane facility, close to the City of London and was looking to open two more London locations. McCulloch said that he was hoping to open the first one next March with a second building later in the year.

The company, according to McCulloch, had little problem in supplying power to its facilities. He said that the bigger problem the company faced was with wayleaves, which is the contractual arrangements between electricity utilities and datacentre providers.

"There's plenty of power in the Grid in London," he said.

But there are many companies looking to set up datacentres in the capital who would be surprised to hear that. Earlier this year, a survey by Vanson Bourne found that datacentres in the south east were struggling with capacity. Last month NGD announced that it was building a massive datacentre in Wales to supply companies struggling for capacity in London.

McCulloch said that many organisations made the mistake of asking for too much capacity all at once, amounts that the electricity companies struggle to cope with. "We go in and ask for 6mVA (megavolt ampere) and then ask for 6mVA more a few months later and more a few months after that It's no good asking for massive amounts in one go because you're not going to get it."

Interxion is experiencing healthy growth at the moment. said McCulloch. He said that many organisations that might have been expected to run their own datacentres had been looking to outsource to the company. "I think there's a definite trend to reduce capital expenditure," he said. "We get companies taking a three-year contract and waiting to see if the financial crisis passes.

"But," he added, "I'm not sure that all are necessarily going to take things back in-house."