Equinix LD3

Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 13.38.38The fifth and sixth of Acton’s data centres are located away from the grouping around the National Grid’s substation on Coronation Road (click on map to open in Google maps).

From the air the numerous cooling units and generators visible alongside these two industrial buildings (see image below) meant I was almost certain they were data centres.

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On the approach from the main road, these buildings looked entirely like light industrial units with no obvious signs that they were data centres – even though they were on Matrix Park.

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However, they were some hints of this building’s actual use. The windows are all reflective:

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The windows are also extremely dirty, a trend that I have seen at several other data centres:

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One of the building’s entrances is out of use and has been blocked entirely. This makes sense as the number of occupiers will have substantially decreased when it was converted to a data centre. Multiple entrances are also a security risk.

Overall, however, security (at least what was visible) was light – only a couple of cameras, and no fence.

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There were cooling units in front of the building (behind the wooden fence in the image below), but nowhere near the amount that a data centre of this scale would require.

I was beginning to think that I had come to the wrong building…

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Then I walked around the back of the unit and the huge amount of cooling units, power generators had necessitated the building of extensions to the sheds.

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I also spotted this van outside:

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