Proximity expands UK footprint with Birmingham edge data centre

08 February 2022

Proximity Data Centres, the regional edge colocation data centre provider, has further expanded its edge data centre footprint with the opening of a new site in Birmingham.

Situated in the centre of the city and close to the new HS2 rail station and proposed BBC Media campus, the facility is strategically located to all the major fibre networks traversing the UK including BT, ITS, Lumen, Virgin and Zayo in addition to various regional fibre providers. The company says this will make Proximity Edge 8 especially attractive to hyperscalers, CDNs and gaming providers “looking for both high quality and superconnected edge colocation facilities”. Enterprises in the region will also be very well served by the outstanding facility.

Built and accredited to The Uptime Institute Tier 3 specifications, the 63,055 sq ft facility has capacity for up to 2000 racks in three separate data halls. There is currently 6MW of IT power available with the potential to increase this to 12MW.

“Located midway between London and Manchester, our new Birmingham edge colocation facility will serve as an ideal low latency communications hub for organisations such as hyperscalers, CDNs and gaming providers looking to bring data, services and content closer to users around the country - while also optimising data transit efficiencies and costs,” says John Hall, managing director, colocation at Proximity Data Centres. “Businesses and managed cloud providers within the Birmingham conurbation area will also benefit from the wide choice of connectivity available from both major carriers as well as local connectivity providers. Proximity Edge 8 will help them increase competitive advantage with low latency connections and high-speed bandwidth to ensure their data and applications are always highly responsive to users.”

Proximity Edge 8 in Birmingham joins Proximity’s expanding UK network of interconnected regional edge data centres which also includes sites in Bridgend, Swindon, Nottingham, Rugby, Liverpool, Chester Gates and Wakefield. The company expects to have 20 sites available within the next 12 months, all in close proximity to major conurbation areas.