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A Monumental Year for Infinity – Nigel Stevens

This time last year, London was buzzing with tourists from all over the world, and Britain was revelling in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Press and Broadcast Centres on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park were being used to transmit images to over 4 billion viewers, and we were waiting for news from the LLDC about what would happen to those buildings after the Games.  This July, as iCITY is preparing to submit their planning application and BT Sport is celebrating the successful launch of two new sports channels from within the development, I am reminded of what a monumental year this has been for iCITY and Infinity in general.

iCITY, spearheaded by Gavin Poole, was announced as the preferred bidder to redevelop the Press and Broadcast Centres at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 17th July, 2012.  This May, we announced that iCITY had entered into its Agreement for Lease for 200 years (elevating total investment to £1 billion pounds). During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, everyone wanted to be in east London, and this tremendous project will help to ensure that this enthusiasm continues. iCITY will create a world-class hub of innovation and enterprise.  It will bring together educational facilities, business incubators, the creative digital media sector and established IT giants.

iCITY is one of the most connected sites in Europe. It offers fibre capacity from three different exchanges via BT Openreach, several major carriers with fibre local to the site and high capacity, diverse duct routes. Infinity Stratford, the data centre at the heart of iCITY, will be one of the largest and most efficient facilities in Europe. It will be housed in the redeveloped Olympic Broadcast Centre and will offer an impressive 14,000m2 of technical space. It is fed by multiple power grids, providing exceptional power resilience. Here is a link to Gavin Poole describing iCITY and the Infinity data centre that will be part of this exciting digital cluster to the Lords Select Committee.


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iCITY and Infinity Stratford have captured the attention of the world’s media, but I am equally proud of our other achievements over the last year.  In October 2012, we handed over one of the largest data centres in the UK to our anchor client CWW (now Vodafone) at Infinity Stockley Park. Vodafone’s new 4.3MW data centre facility, created a 25% expansion in their global data hosting capacity. Infinity’s commitment to quality and attention to operational detail was essential to the success of this deployment.

We have continued to expand our portfolio of sites in and around London, building our first purpose-built data centre facility in Slough. Infinity Slough officially opened in January and provides 9,200m2 of technical space in a very popular location, with low fibre latency to London and the M4 technology corridor.  This brand new data centre is supported by 34MVA.  Its exceptional design draws on all our previous experience and includes a single arch barrel roof, a glass fronted atrium and premium boardroom facilities.  I am very proud of the time and effort that has been put into creating this incredible facility.

So much has been achieved this year, and I am excited to see what the next twelve months will bring.

Nigel Stevens, CMO