A subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom is building a datacentre the size of 30 football fields in order to help satisfy Germany’s high demand for cloud services.
T-Systems, the IT and telecommunication services arm of the operator group, will begin operations from the 150,000m2 datacentre, which will be Germany’s largest, in 2014.
Located in Saxony-Anhalt, it will be T-System’s 90th datacentre.
Together with a datacentre already running in Magdeburg, the new construction in Biere will form a “TwinCore,” – a twin data centre which offers the highest level of data and operational security, since in the event of an incident any twin can immediately take over for the other. T-Systems is using 22 data centres of this type specifically for cloud services. (more…)
Read our guest blog from Telecoms.com, written by James Middleton:
(September 28, 2012 Written by James Middleton, Telecoms.com)
In 1919 Irish poet WB Yeats wrote ‘The Second Coming’, a work that conjured the image of a “spiritus mudi”—a vast warehouse that contained all the archetypes of human concepts. This enormous storage facility was located somewhere out in the inhospitable desert, yet magically accessible to every person walking the earth. Almost a century later, in the age of high speed data transport, intelligent networks and virtualisation, it’s easy to forget that behind the almost magical connection delivering information to the screen in front of the end user’s eyes, there is a solid, squat building full of humming electrical equipment. The datacentre is almost an abstract concept in itself. It sits at the heart of the network and carries out many of the critical tasks that keep the services fl owing; rarely, if ever, occupying the attention of the millions of customers it serves.
The vision of a datacentre as a hulking steel warehouse packed with racks and racks of servers studded with flashing lights isn’t far wrong. But what actually goes on behind the glowing LEDs? A telecom operator’s datacentre houses critical applications such as OSS and BSS and everything essential for running the Master Control Centre. As a result, a datacentre requires 24/7 uninterrupted availability, high security, high speed connectivity and lots and lots of power. That power is by far the biggest factor in running a datacentre, so if a carrier can reduce the electricity bill by 30 per cent, they can dramatically reduce cost. This consideration has influenced a number of approaches to datacentre building. Scale—a common concern in the telecoms industry—is another important dynamic affecting which approach an operator takes.
UK-based network fixed and mobile service provider TalkTalk, which focuses on both the enterprise and consumer markets, favours the ‘build big’ approach. The company recently opened a new facility in Corsham, built on 30 acres of Wiltshire scrubland. This datacentre covers a very large physical area in a campus-style build, which at the moment is only one tenth occupied. With “significant” amounts of power available on site TalkTalk can continue to expand and build out at this location over the next ten years—a very different proposition to urban build-outs, where operations are restricted by the availability of physical building sites. (more…)