EXPANDING INTO EUROPEAN REGION
Data center owner and operator, VIRTUS Data Centres, has announced that it plans to expand its footprint internationally with the launch of a data center project in Marienpark, Berlin, Germany.
Known as VIRTUS BIRLIN1, the new facility will be the company’s first data center campus outside of the UK. As designed, the new Berlin data center campus will consist of four buildings with a total power capacity of 90MVA. VIRTUS also expect the facility to be suitable for serving hyperscale, government and enterprise customers while providing a range of hosting and cloud services.
“We’re excited to bring our expertise and experience to Berlin and to expand our offering to customers in continental Europe,” said Neil Cresswell, CEO of VIRTUS.
As announced, VIRTUS is partnering with Investa, a real estate development company which is also the former e-Shelter development team, to develop the new Berlin data center. Through this partnership, VIRTUS BERLIN1 is also expected to be connected to a waste heat distribution system provided by Marienpark, which is a collaboration of Investa and GASAG.
“We also believe that our partnership – leveraging the local knowledge of a highly experienced European data center developer like Investa – coupled with the leading operational expertise of VIRTUS obtained over 10 years of operating hyperscale and mission critical data centers in London, will be key to our success in this and other EU markets. We look forward to working with Investa to deliver a scalable world-class data center campus in Berlin in a safe and sustainable manner,” said Neil.
VIRTUS Data Centres is a company of ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC) Group which has its data center footprint across Singapore, UK, India, Thailand, South Korea, Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines. Macquarie Asset Management is also a significant minority stakeholder in VIRTUS, following the recent closure of its acquisition transaction with STT GDC via Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 7 which was initiated last year.