British telecommunications provider BT Group announced on Thursday it will spend $27 million over the next seven years on a new south London data center to strengthen its hosting and management services.
The 930-square-meter facility, which will include biometric security features, is set for completion by September and will have additional room for expansion. The company wants to grow its data services business by 20 percent a year with a focus on enterprise, public sector and financial services customers. BT estimates the data services market is worth £5.2 billion in Europe.
The company is restoring many of its 70 data centers across the UK, BT's data center transformation manager Rajiv Abeysinghe said at a Intel-hosted conference in London on Wednesday, adding that customers are already requesting for the ability to architect and host applications within BT data centers.
BT is also seeking to maximize its return on investment in data centers, looking at ways to cope with power requirements through the use of renewable energy. The company said it reduced its carbon emissions by 60 percent between 1996 and 2006, and is hoping to increase that figure to 80 percent by 2016. BT is requesting vendors to make products with wider limits on temperature, humidity and air quality, which could allow for more utility savings.
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