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Datacentre roof with the City in background
How Interxion is serving the City of London from behind the curry houses...
London's Brick Lane is known for playing host to numerous curry houses, bars and fabric merchants - but it has its very own IT facility too.
Datacentre and managed services provider Interxion has recently expanded its facility in the heart of Brick Lane, boosting the datacentre by 525 square metres to a total footprint of 5,155 square metres.
Customers using the Brick Lane facility include digital media and gaming businesses, as well as financial trading and investment firms. The datacentre's proximity to the City means it can provide low-latency connectivity for investment banks that require split-second processing of trades.
Shown above are the fan coils that help cool the datacentre - the skyscrapers of the City of London can be seen in the background.
Being in such a central location, security is a key concern for the Brick Lane datacentre. In order to access the datacentre once inside the building, employees and clients must pass through a mantrap entrance with two interlocking doors. Biometric data - in the form of fingerprints or iris scans - is required to pass through both doors.
If an individual's biometric data fails to match that which the security system has on file, they are detained inside the mantrap between the two sets of doors.
Datacentre cold aisle
This is the cool aisle of the Interxion datacentre, seen from above, with the grey power cables and yellow overhead cable trays containing Ethernet and fibre-optic cabling both visible.
The cold aisle holds 28 server cabinets and is cooled by air conditioning which passes through the high-density server racks.