T-Mobile builds new data center in Prague to satisfy growing demand
Data center services, from hosting and housing to leasing physical or virtual infrastructure, are becoming increasingly popular. In the Czech Republic, T-Mobile’s existing capacities are filling up fast while demand from customers continues to grow. That’s why the company is now building a new data center in Prague. Its name is DC7, and it promises to be among the most evolved of its kind.
DC7 will be T-Mobile Czech Republic’s seventh data center in Prague, a number that will also be reflected in the shape of the facility’s administrative building. The modern, 9,000-square-meter campus will be built on a 25,000-square-meter plot of land, with 3,000 square meters dedicated to the data halls that will house customers’ IT infrastructure alone. However, the size of this facility will not be the only characteristic qualifying it to play in the big leagues: The new data center will also meet the most demanding international standards, including those necessary to obtain Tier-3-level ANSI/TIA-942 certification. Among other things, this means that it will guarantee top levels of reliability with an availability rate of 99.982 percent. Its architecture will be designed to withstand even the most serious technical incidents, thus preventing any downtime for customers.
Security and energy efficiency combined in three separate zones
Construction will follow a modular principle, and the facility will be organized in three logically separate zones: the administrative building, the technical support installations and the customer IT halls. Each zone will only be accessible to persons with the relevant responsibilities and authorization. Maintaining this kind of physical and organizational separation increases the security of the entire site, and of customers’ data and infrastructure in particular.
The new data center has also been designed to be as energy-efficient as possible, something which is commonly measured by the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) indicator developed by The Green Grid. It is the ratio of the total amount of energy used by a data center facility to the amount of energy delivered to the computing equipment itself. DC7 will have a remarkably low PUE, putting it among the top performers globally in this field.
A state-of-the-art operation to benefit customers
DC7 will be a state-of-the-art facility, not just from an environmental point of view, but from a technological standpoint as well. It will operate more effectively than all of its predecessors in the Czech Republic, which, among other things, will have a positive effect on the total cost of use for customers. DC7 will also be carrier-neutral, which means it will support connectivity services that are independent from the data center provider. Of course, T-Mobile itself is a major provider of mobile, data, Internet and ICT services in the Czech Republic and beyond, so it is ideally set up to offer top-of-the-line data center services.
The main attraction at DC7 will be the possibility for customers to lease space for their IT technology, in an environment that will be perfectly suited for housing IT infrastructure. Customers will also have a choice of leasing infrastructure in dedicated physical or virtual environments. Other services will include:
- Disaster recovery services
- Testing rooms
- Rental of roofs
- Remote hands services
- Connectivity services
Covering future needs on an international scale
Located in the center of Europe, the Czech Republic is an attractive destination for any entity, domestic or foreign, that needs to deploy IT infrastructure across the continent. “We are building the new data center so we can satisfy future demand not only from the Czech Republic, but also from abroad,” says Petr Jeřábek, B2B Marketing Director at T-Mobile, commenting on the project. According to the current schedule, DC7 is due to start operations in the first half of 2018: Despite the fact that construction is still ongoing, however, T-Mobile Czech Republic has already begun negotiations with several important customers and received the first requests for services.
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