Data Centers

Photos: Inside a new build datacentre

Work in progress

Welcome to Slough, or the "Silicon Valley of Berkshire".

Slough may be a town of only 122,000 people but its concentration of fibre links makes it home to datacentres for major hosting companies, such as Rackspace and Equinix.

This tier 3+ datacentre belongs to Paragon Internet Group, which operates three companies offering shared web and cloud service hosting. It hosts more than 200,000 websites for 70,000 customers, ranging from individuals to multi-national companies.

It is Paragon's first datacentre and building it was something of a landmark moment in the life of Paragon's young co-founder and CEO, Adam Smith.

"We're infrastructure geeks at heart. Myself and three other founders are server nerds," he said.

"I don't have any kids so this is basically like my baby. It's something that I wanted to do for 10 years. It was definitely on my bucket list and now it's been done."

It was Smith who dubbed Slough the "Silicon Valley of Berkshire" at an event to show off the datacentre this week.

It took about six months to complete the datacentre, which officially opened in November last year. This shot shows the 9,300 square foot main hall of the datacentre during construction.

The datacentre will cost about £1.5m once fully kitted out with servers. When compared to the cost of the company co-locating its servers in third party datacentres, which is what the company did previously, it will “pay for itself in the first year”, said Smith.


Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.


And Slough is also one of the tutorial towns in Railroad Tycoon.


Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough!
It isn't fit for humans now,
There isn't grass to graze a cow.
Swarm over, Death!

Come, bombs and blow to smithereens
Those air -conditioned, bright canteens,
Tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned milk, tinned beans,
Tinned minds, tinned breath.

Mess up the mess they call a town-
A house for ninety-seven down
And once a week a half a crown
For twenty years.

And get that man with double chin
Who'll always cheat and always win,
Who washes his repulsive skin
In women's tears:

And smash his desk of polished oak
And smash his hands so used to stroke
And stop his boring dirty joke
And make him yell.

But spare the bald young clerks who add
The profits of the stinking cad;
It's not their fault that they are mad,
They've tasted Hell.

It's not their fault they do not know
The birdsong from the radio,
It's not their fault they often go
To Maidenhead.

And talk of sport and makes of cars
In various bogus-Tudor bars
And daren't look up and see the stars
But belch instead.

In labour-saving homes, with care
Their wives frizz out peroxide hair
And dry it in synthetic air
And paint their nails.

Come, friendly bombs and fall on Slough
To get it ready for the plough.
The cabbages are coming now;
The earth exhales.

- Sir John Betjeman, 1937


very good datacenter. they have the required budget. I would like to see the access security measures and network equipment (Dell? Cisco?)


I would have liked to see more pictures of how the building was build. So, from an empty shell to a filled data-centre...