On the 12th February 2015, myself and Virgin Media heart throb Ian Barry, attended the ITP insight at a Level 3 data centre in central London. Not only was the data centre impressive, it was also their largest in Europe. We learnt valuable information throughout their tour, concerning what actually goes into maintaining such data centres, and the impact Level 3 has in the Telecommunication community, but more importantly we learnt ideas that could influence our own centres.
The tour started around 10:30 as we headed down to the power plant, where we were amazed to see the vast sizes of their generators, holding up to 55,000 litres of diesel!! The sheer volume of effort that was placed into ensuring a reliable back up system must leave their customers overwhelmingly reassured, but of interest of to us, it very much seemed familiar surroundings to that of our own regional Headends.