Review of Volta, Farringdon
Although Volta opened in 2013, it is based on a former Reuters data centre which had been running here since the 1980s. The facility was completely refitted before opening, and now includes seven dedicated electrical transformers. These step down the dual 33kV power feeds to 11kV, and then on to five separate power strings. Three of these (A, B and C) support customer power. This level of electrical redundancy underpins the quality ethos of Volta.
The location of Volta is also a unique selling point: it is the most central data centre in London. It is within walking distance of the City, Tech City (located near Old Street roundabout), the media district in London’s West End, and Soho. Farringdon Station is about 10 minutes’ walk away.
Reflecting the length of time the Volta building has been a data centre, carrier choice is strong, with all key London carriers already on site. These include Crosspoint’s own dark-fibre ring, which runs directly to Telehouse and Telecity Harbour Exchange, as well as west to our locations in Slough and Reading.
We offer our sub-rack products of colocation per-U, and dedicated quarter and half rack modules. (These are all kept in stock to enable immediate availability). We also offer full racks from 2kW upwards at competitive rates. All racks are dual power and can offer up to 20kW, so they are ideal for high-density users. This level of power density is a unique option for Central London.
On-site support is available 24/7, as is customer access. Crosspoint customers have the benefit of one support incident per month included in their fees. Support is available on a pay-per-use basis thereafter. Our support team can also arrange any cross-connects that customers require, manage hardware delivery requests or undertake installation. There are no recurring cross-connect fees in Volta.
Crosspoint’s full range of network services is available in Volta, including Internet ports (1Gb/s as standard) and competitively priced data-centre interconnects to all our Docklands data centres or further afield to the Equinix campus in Slough (LD4, LD5 and LD6) or Everest (Reading).