Data Centers

Photos: Inside a multi-million dollar datacentre

The hub

Behind most apps and cloud services lies a datacentre - but just what goes into building one of these hubs of the online world?

Equinix opened the doors to its new $145m (£98m) facility in Slough, England last week - a multi-storey glass and steel block that will initially pack tens of thousands of servers in a 236,000 square foot hall.

Equinix has invested more than $7bn over the past 15 years in the datacentres that make up its International Business Exchange - recently opening new centres in New York, Toronto, Melbourne, Shanghai, Singapore. This LD6 datacentre is the sixth that Equinix has launched in the London area and one of more than 100 it runs in 33 markets worldwide.

Photo: Equinix

By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.