Project Description

Ark Data Centres, Cody Park, Old Ively Road, Farnborough, GU14 0LH

  • 50MW wholesale-focused campus located in Farnborough
  • Focus on large scale wholesale solutions
  • Retail colocation rack space available via partners
  • Ultra-high security concept

Colo-X analysis

Ark’s primary focus is on delivery of large-scale, high-security data suites. These typically start at 500kW or more, up to multi-MW deployments for large-scale wholesale customers. Known customers here include a joint venture with the UK’s Cabinet Office called Crown Hosting, BT Global Services, and Exponential-e. The design concept is a modular ultra-low PUE based on Bladeroom technology. Retail rack space, typically at 4kW cabinet, is also available via partners. This is often of interest to service providers seeking to be close to the Government end users also on site.

Facility description

The Ark data centre campus is located next to the Cody Technology Park – the former home of Qinetiq, the UK’s defence research company. The original design for the 36 acre campus comprised three data centre buildings all within a multi-layer high-security perimeter, but recent changes have increased both the density of the standard design (more power in less space) and seen further buildings brought into production such that the site will comprise 5 data centre buildings and 50MW of IT load.  The fifth building, 105 will offer around 80,000 sq ft of IT, 18MW of IT load across 12 data halls and is under construction as of early 2019.  The first data centre building, 101, is only 4.5MW and came into production in the summer of 2013.

The Ark Cody Park campus benefits from 3 x 33kV power supplies from two physically diverse upstream substation to provide two diverse 60MVA power feeds, an increase from original plans of 40MVA for the site.

The security focus of Ark continues to the company board, where ex-MI5 director-general Lord Evans of Weardale was appointed non-executive director in July 2015.

On-site carriers include Vodafone, TalkTalk, Zayo, BT, Virgin, Interoute, SSE and Level3.

Technical stats

Size 36 acre campus
Total customer power 50MW
Percentage occupied 70%
Operational since 2013
Installed clients 10
Networks available on site 10
Standard power 5kW per cabinet
24/7 on-site support Yes
24/7 access Yes
Pricing POA
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