The Reuben Brothers are owners of Global Switch, the largest wholesale carrier neutral data centre provider in Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Established in 1998, the company has held an unrivalled track record in delivering best-in-class data centre solutions. Global Switch is a strategic partner for customers that require secure and resilient data centre capacity offering scalability and a high level service. Global Switch’s customers are global to national, large and small including government organisations, financial institutions, enterprises, global systems integrators, telecommunication carriers, managed service providers and other hosting businesses.
In 2011, Global Switch completed its inaugural €600m investment grade bond issuance which was six times oversubscribed, with investors reacting very positively to Global Switch’s business model based on high quality customers, robust cash flow and strong management team. Global Switch’s inaugural bond issue came runner up in the prestigious Corporate Finance Deal of the Year category in the 2011 Treasurer Deals of the Year Awards.
At a Glance:
- Nine world class data centres in key markets: seven are located in Europe - in London (two), Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris (two) and Madrid – with data centres in Sydney and Singapore serving the Asia Pacific market
- 3.1 million sq ft (290,000 sq m) of gross area across the portfolio
- All data centres are owned or on long term leases – independently valued by CBRE at £3.6 billion as at 31 March 2012.
- Investment grade credit ratings received from Moody’s and Fitch
- Unrivalled power with multiple layers of redundancy
- State of the art security and monitoring systems in place 24/7/365
- Data centres are operated to a Tier III+ standard
- Better than 99.999% historical uptime reliability across the portfolio
- Customer base includes many of the world’s leading companies, diversified by both industry and geography
- Strong management team with significant industry experience
- Best-in-class operating procedures and practices
The data centre industry has experienced significant growth in recent years and continues to experience considerable demand for space due to a number of factors including: the growth of the internet, rising numbers of users who are expecting more on demand information and richer content; the increase of cloud computing technology; the continued growth of outsourcing, and the on-going introduction of regulation and legislation around the storage of data.
A number of initiatives are also underway in both existing and new markets which will further increase the overall floor space to above 4 million sq ft, including:
Paris: a new data centre (Paris West) has been built adjacent to the existing Paris East building, which has created the city's largest data centre campus with around 52,000 sq m (560,000 sq ft) of floor space. Launched in November 2011, the Tier III+ world class Paris West has one of the largest technical floor plates in France and has been designed with a base power density of 1.5kW/sq m (with the flexibility to be adapted for high density environments as required).
Amsterdam: Global Switch is planning to expand its existing Amsterdam data centre by a further 25,400 sq m (275,000 sq ft) which will increase the overall size to 64,000 sq m (690,000 sq ft) with 100 MW of onsite power generation from two diverse 50kV high voltage feeders. Phase 1 of the planned expansion has already been pre-let and will become operational in Q1 2014.
Hong Kong: Global Switch has acquired a site on the Tseung Kwan O (TKO) Industrial Estate in Hong Kong to build a Tier III+ data centre which marks the company's entry to the Hong Kong market. Once built the data centre will offer 35,000 sq m (375,000 sq ft) gross space with 40 MW of utility power and have best-in-class environmental credentials targeting a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Rating.
Singapore: With full planning approval, Global Switch is in the final detailed design phase to build a best-in-class fully-fitted data centre in Singapore. The 25,000 sq m (270,000 sq ft) new data centre will be located in Woodlands, a suburb in the northern part of Singapore, approximately 15km from the existing 26,500 sq m (285,000 sq ft) Global Switch data centre in Tai Seng Avenue. The new data centre will have access to two independent utility HV power feeds and will be a leading example of an environmentally sustainable data centre.
Sydney: Global Switch is currently in the construction phase of a second data centre (Sydney East). The 24,000 sq m (260,000 sq ft) building will be adjacent to Global Switch's existing data centre (Sydney West) creating a campus of around 65,000 sq m (700,000 sq ft) of floor space. It will have best-in-class environmental credentials and will target a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Rating. In addition, Global Switch is also investing in an additional power supply into Sydney West to meet existing customer demand.