Slovak Telekom is building its fifth data-centre in Bratislava. The unique 5-storey building is currently being completed in Račianska Street; from the very beginning it has been designed according to top technology, security and environmental standards.
The upcoming data-centre will be full of the most state-of-the-art technologies fulfilling GREEN IT requirements; this will bring a marked power savings for cooling and power supply during uninterrupted operation. The whole complex will be fitted with a camera system, movement detectors, a security access system and electronic fire detection. Use of an extinguishing system based on inert gas that will not damage IT equipment and will not endanger any people present in an area affected by fire represents a big advantage. All security systems, detectors and sensors installed in the building will be monitored at an uninterrupted surveillance workplace.
The construction of a data-centre based on GREEN IT principles is financially more demanding but brings long-term savings within the operation – both for the operator and for clients using its services. From the point of view of green technologies, the method of cooling, using freecooling technology (use of external cold during the winter months), can be listed among the most interesting components of the new centre. It will contribute to achieving energy effectiveness for the centre, as defined by a coefficient of PUE 1.5 (Power-Usage Effectiveness). According to the Uptime Institute’s methodology, the data-centre in Račianska will be classified as Tier III – which in practice means availability of technologies amounting to 99.982 percent; however, some components comply even with the Tier IV standard.
The Bratislava data-centre project stresses the long-term strategy of Slovak Telekom to offer a complex portfolio of ICT services with added value. This unique data-centre, covering an area of more than 1,200 square metres will create the space for services ranging from simple housing of servers, through Cloud computing, to complex solutions comprising the Business continuity and Disaster recovery plans of customers. Such a broad range of solutions aims to address and attract not just big companies, but also small and medium-sized companies for which outsourcing a data-centre is an ideal chance to solve their own info-communication needs. The opening of the data-centre is planned for June 2011.
“Construction works on our latest data-centre in Bratislava continue according to plan and I personally cannot wait until it is ceremonially opened and commercial operation is launched in June. The Slovak ICT market expects us to come up with something unique, and we are working really hard to fulfil these expectations. Our strategy is to offer complex ICT services for corporate clients; and that is why we want to start offering Cloud computing in the form of Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) as early as this year – this includes lease of computing, network and storage capacities. As a telecommunications operator, we will also be able to offer our customers complex solutions, including data connection by Slovak Telekom thanks to which they will be able to get guaranteed speed and quality of connection to their servers.”
18. Apr 2011 at 0:00