Ark – Cody Park, Farnborough

  • Ark Cody Park data centre

Project Description

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

  • 25MW wholesale-focused campus
  • Retail colocation rack space available
  • Ultra-high security concept

Colo-X analysis

Ark’s primary focus is on delivery of large-scale high-security 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 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 a 4kW cabinet, is also available. 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 defence research company. The campus comprises three existing data centre buildings all within a multilayer high-security perimeter. Indeed, the security aspect continues to the company board, where ex-MI5 director-general Lord Evans of Weardale was appointed non-executive director in July 2015.

The first data centre offers 4.5MW of customer power across 6 halls, and opened in 2013. The second is 9MW, and came online in 2014. A third centre of 12MW is due to open imminently in the fourth quarter of 2016. Further land and power is available to bring an additional three buildings online.
On-site carriers include Vodafone, TalkTalk, Zayo, BT, Virgin, Interoute, SSE and Level3.


Technical stats

Size 36 acre campus
Total customer power 25MW
Percentage occupied 60%
Operational since 2013
Installed clients 10
Networks available on site 10
Standard power 4kW per cabinet
24/7 on-site support Yes
24/7 access Yes
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