Tata Leases UK DRT Data Center

The world's largest wholesale data center provider, Digital Realty Trust, has completed a turn-key data center lease agreement with telecommunications giant Tata Communications giving Tata a new presence at a Digital Realty Trust facility.

According to Digital Realty Trust's Monday announcement, its London data center, built using its proprietary POD Architecture, will key in the global managed services expansion strategy of Tata, the global telecom arm of India's multi-billion dollar conglomerate, the Tata Group.

"This partnership allows us to significantly enhance our position as a data center services provider within the UK and European market," Tata Communications data center services vice president Abid Qadiri said in a statement. "[It] provides us with the ability to meet the current and future services needs of our customers in this market."

Digital Realty Trust operates more than 70 properties, featuring physical security and state-of-the-art power and cooling architecture optimised for green operation.

Digital Realty Trust recently competed a year of record growth, having signed more than $1 billion in lease contracts in 2008, more than 50 percent more than the previous year. It formed partnerships with high-profile companies such as Irish telecom Eircom (www.eircom.net), which leased approximately 124,500 square feet of a Dublin Digital Realty Trust data center in November.

Digital Realty Trust international operations senior vice president Bernard Geoghegan said, "Because we build more data centers than anyone else in the world, companies that select us as their data center partner benefit from our unmatched experience, economies of scale and financial stability. With Digital Realty Trust's Turn-Key data center, Tata Communications is able to utilize the facilities within weeks of signing the lease agreement, far ahead of the normal industry standards."

Less than two weeks ago, Tata Communications announced a $430 million strategic investment plan in the Asia Pacific region, which will include a new $180 million Singapore data center, the completion of the main segment of its TGN-Intra Asia Cable System, and developing the Tata Communications Exchange. Tata is the world's largest undersea cable operator, and the company plans on investing $2 billion on its submarine cable network over the next three years including the company's latest investment.

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