Data center developer and operator Kao Data, has just announced the opening of its new data center in Slough, West London which marks an expansion of the company’s footprint in the UK after the recent investment of about £130 million from global infrastructure firm Infratil Limited.

As announced, the Kao Data’s 16MW Slough data center is now available, featuring carrier-neutral connectivity and set to become NVIDIA DGX-Ready Data Centre certified and OCP-Ready™, thereby targeting the needs of high performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI) and enterprise customers.

“The launch of our new Slough data center offers data-intensive enterprises within the highly sought-after West London Availability Zone, the opportunity to benefit from significant new capacity, as well as the advantage of working with Kao Data’s award-winning, sustainable infrastructure and expert technical and operations teams,” said Lee Myall, CEO of Kao Data.

“With this move we are excited to be strengthening our data center footprint across the UK and establish ourselves within the world’s second largest data center hub. Kao Data has seen tremendous growth over the last twelve months, and the launch of our Slough facility is the next step in our continuing development.”

As a 100% green facility, Kao Data’s Slough data center is expected to be powered by 100% renewable energy, use an efficient cooling system, with its backup power generators powered by hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) from the outset.

In October 2021, Kao Data announced an agreement to accept investment from Infratil Limited which is expected to support the data center company’s expansion plans such as the acquisition of two UK data center locations with a long-term anchor lease from a large financial services business. Through Infratil’s initial investment, Infratil holds 40% of Kao Data, alongside current shareholders, Legal & General Group, a European asset manager and Goldacre, founder of Kao Data and part of Noé group.