International Server Colocation

Our data centre is 5 minutes from Gatwick Airport. What could be more convenient?

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Bringing the UK and Europe to you

For companies wishing to establish themselves into the European market, when looking at cloud or data centre providers, there are a lot of things to consider. 

Our Gatwick facility has the benefit of being 5 minutes away from Gatwick Airport with excellent transport links into London.


Why the UK?

International companies locate to the UK because they want to:

  • Access new customers in the UK and Europe
  • Find new suppliers and partners
  • Data Centres in UK provide low latency to 500m consumers across Europe
  • Access to City of London - heart of financial services in Europe

Trade benefits and cost savings

There are a number of benefits to companies from outside the UK, including:

  • Access to Europe's largest air transport system, high-speed railways and impressive road networks
  • Beneficial trade agreements with non-EU countries
  • Help locating or investing in the UK through a number of free services
  • Corporation tax savings, tax credits for companies involved in R&D 

Location, location, location

So where should you look to put your servers in the UK? While there are options all over the UK, there are only two real kinds of options available –

Metro Data Centres vs Edge Data Centres

Metro Data Centres

Metro areas are major cities which have their own airports and a thriving tech scene. According to the “UK Tech Innovation Index”, the top 5 most innovative cities in the UK are London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow and Brighton.  

Location Score
London 42.1



Manchester 4.9
Glasgow 3.8
Brighton 3.2


  • These areas tend to have established connectivity
  • Lots of technical people to employ
  • Thriving business community


  • Can be very expensive as cost per sq foot is high
  • Can be difficult to get to/from airports
  • Traffic can be very heavy, especially during the working week

Edge Data Centres

Edge data centres (sometimes also referred to as ‘regional data centres’) are usually based just outside large metro areas. They have become a lot more popular in the past 10 years as they have become more established, reliable and cheaper than their metro counterparts. The best ones are usually located relatively close to major airports (for international customers) and are within 25 miles of the metro area(s). 




  • Usually less expensive than metro area data centres
  • Can be very convenient for International companies sending over engineers for short periods
  • Well placed Edge Data Centres can have low latency to Metro Areas and lots of talented local technical engineers



  • Poorly located Edge Data centres can be difficult to get to, especially if they’re far away from an airport, train station or major motorway
  • Edge data centres more than 25 miles from a Metro Area can suffer from poor latency

Finding someone to be your hands and eyes

Some companies want a foothold in the UK and European market, but don’t want to set up a dedicated technical team. This makes sense as many IT systems can be accessed remotely and large companies already have a domestic IT team on standby 24/7. There are occasions when certain jobs can’t be carried out remotely – these include:

Cabling and Fibre

Creating, terminating, moving, labelling, securing or dressing existing copper or fibre cross connects.

Rack management

Racking and stacking equipment, installation of patch panel, labelling of servers, thermal imaging of equipment, installation of cable management, basic cleaning of rack.

Device management

Verify device physical status (check lights or on-board display), swap modular equipment, plug-in cables (serial, KVM etc).

Shipping and receiving

Receiving packages on behalf of a client, unpacking and checking for damage. Taking inventory of boxes and equipment. Packing, labelling and handing over to courier of equipment being shipped out.

Backup media management

Swapping of tapes, storage media or removable media. Notifying the client if a backup has failed.


Auditing of partial or complete deployment of equipment in rack, device labelling, photographing existing deployment and cross connect tracing.

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Escorted Access

Escorting third party engineers or consultants to and from clients rack and observing them while they work.

Regulation - GDPR 

Where is your data being stored? The question of where data was physically stored used to be straightforward. But in the last 5 years, things have become more complicated.

For the majority of companies in the UK, where their data was being stored didn’t matter too much. If it wasn’t on a computer in their office, it was likely in a data centre in the UK, the US or Europe. 

None of those options was, or is, a problem, but as the Article 50 deadline looms (30th March 2019) that situation may change. Most companies in the UK take the view that because GDPR is coming into effect before we leave the EU, we will be 100% compliant post-Brexit.

However, compliance with GDPR does not automatically entitle a country to store, process and transfer EU citizen data. We’ll look at that more closely later, but first to understand where we are now, we need to look at where we’ve come from. If you’re familiar with the history of data storage in the past 30 years, you can skip straight to page 5.

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Why 4D Data Centres?

With direct fibre connections into London, 4D offer sub 1 millisecond latency to the City without the expensive price-tag. Coupled with the data centre being 5 minutes from Gatwick Airport, the facility is ideally placed for American businesses looking to migrate or expand into the UK.

To make travel as seamless as possible, 4D offer discounted, direct flights from over 11 states, including:

  • New York – JFK
  • Los Angeles
  • Oakland (San Francisco)
  • Denver (Colorado)
  • Seattle (Washington State) 
  • Las Vegas (November to March)
  • Fort Lauderdale (Miami)
  • Orlando (Florida)
  • Boston
  • Chicago (From late March 2018) 
  • Austin (Texas from Late March 2018)





Made possible by our corporate partner, Norwegian Airlines



The international colocation customer's checklist

We’ve created a handy PDF checklist of everything you should look for when choosing a new data centre - read this list and outline what your international facility should have.


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What if I have more questions?

Feel free to talk to one of our dedicated Colo Specialists on 020 7183 0603 or write to us below.

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