Feeds

ISP builds own power plant

She cannae take no more, Captain

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Leading disaster recovery specialist turned ISP Guardian iT has announced it will build its own power plant in London to bypass the city's power problems. The 24MW plant will be built next to the group's planned data storage centre near Heathrow airport, reports the FT.

The new market of huge data storage centres due to the Internet growth has caused a huge increase in demand for electricity, particularly in London. Unlike California - which suffered blackouts and electricity restrictions - London is still working fine, but Guardian iT has obviously decided to follow the US suit and build a power plant before it has to.

Also, since the group is spending about £20 million on the centre, the power plant is a good insurance policy - although it will actually cost more - around £25 million. It will be gas fired and run by PowerGen. Guardian iT's poor interim profits were blamed on the cost of entering the IT market.

Incidentally, we couldn't help but notice that the FT's article was written by the same journalist that predicted the failure of London's power network in July, but then backtracked when the National Grid got shirty. Were we wrong to have a go? Was he right after all? Time will tell. ®

Related Stories

How to save your ass. By the FT
FT's Net scaremongering denounced

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.