Project Description

ServerHouse, 14 Brunel Way, Fareham, Hampshire, PO15 5TX

  • Opened April 2018
  • 400 rack spaces, 2MW customer power
  • Adjacent to Junction 9 off the M27
  • 24/7 on-site support and security
  • Direct connections to London Docklands

Colo-X analysis

Despite being a relatively small operator in the UK data centre market ServerHouse are long established and now have an impressive and scalable south coast based facility where their team will be able to offer retail colocation clients a level of flexibility and support that larger providers will struggle to match, as well as an attractive commercial price point. An initial three on site networks offer choice for carrier neutral options or ServerHouse’s own managed network is also available.

Facility description

The ServerHouse Fareham data centre was originally built by mobile operator Orange in the 1990’s. Orange then became part of EE post the merger with T-Mobile and EE were then acquired by British Telecom in 2016 who began disposing of surplus regional mobile switch sites such as this one. The building is some 22,000 sq ft gross and includes 3000 square feet of offices to be offered as disaster recovery suites and warehouse of a further 6000 square feet provides scope for further data hall expansion. This leaves the data centre and associated plant occupying the balance of this light industrial building. The secure external plant yard houses dual 750kVA generators (with room for more), cooling plant and a 20 metre high six-legged telecoms tower.  A two level office area is directly connected to the single 400 rack capable data floor, offering space for the onsite support team and meeting rooms.

The initial data hall is built around a single floor able to support 400 rack spaces using contained cold-aisle pods, underfloor cooling and cabling with a high ceiling void above. Although the facility underwent a significant refurbishment in 2010 ServerHouse have made further investment since acquiring the site, especially removing much of the old DC power plant that supported the original telecom switch gear and installing new UPS to support the dual A+B power feeds to each rack, each supported by an n+1 UPS (with different manufacturers on each power string now).

Network on site at time of opening is Vodafone, Virgin Media and British Telecom with the Serverhouse network linking London Docklands and their smaller Cams Hall data centre campus four miles to the East where a direct connection onto Level3(now Centurylink) provides diversity to Docklands.

Technical stats

Size 22, 000 sq ft gross, 10,000 sq ft of net technical capacity
Total customer power 2MW
Percentage occupied 5% (at time of opening)
Operational since 2018
Installed clients N/A
Networks available on site 3
Standard power 4kW per rack as standard, but flexibility to provide up to 22kW
24/7 on-site support Yes
24/7 access Yes
Pricing POA – competitive
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