Project Description

aql DC5, Canon House, Apex Way, Leeds, LS11 5LN

  • Home to JISC North, five universities already
  • Nearly 300 racks across the three floors
  • Opened 2016
  • High power racks up to 14kW possible

Colo-X analysis

aql Leeds DC5 Leeds is located half a mile to the south of the aql sites at the Salem Chapel.  It is the first shared data centre for education and research in the north of the UK, procured by JISC and follows an established model already running in Virtus Slough.  Five northern universities have already committed to the shared data centre including Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield.

The facility is based on a former council building and able to run high density deployments of up to 14kW.  Connectivity is delivered via diverse dark fibre routes to the aql head quarters at the former Salem Chapel or as its now known aql DC3.  Whilst the site is 2/3rds dedicated to JISC about 100 cabinets are available on the first floor for colocation customers.

Facility description

aql Leeds DC5 is based on a former council building on Apex Way, about half a mile south of the original aql data centres.  Data halls are fitted out on the first, second and third floors with a new communications mast now fitted on the roof with a total gross area of 1206 sq m or just under 13,000 sq ft gross.  The JISC shared data centre is occupying about two thirds of the building.



Technical stats

Size 7500 sq ft of net technical capacity aprox in 12,000 sq ft gross
Total customer power 2MW in 2016, scope to double this when needed
Percentage occupied 70%
Operational since 2016
Installed clients 10
Networks available on site 12
Standard power 2-3kW per cabinet
24/7 on-site support Yes
24/7 access Yes
Pricing POA
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