Deutsche Telekom begins construction of Germany’s largest data centre

Deutsche Telekom begins construction of Germany’s largest data centre

Deutsche Telekom has announced plans to construct what is claimed to be Germany’s largest data centre.

The site in Biere, Saxony-Anhalt, will occupy a surface area the size of 30 soccer fields at 150,000 metres square.

Together with a data centre already running in Magdeburg, which is the largest site in East Germany, it will form a twin core that is designed to cater to the country’s high demand for cloud services, beginning operations in 2014.

The final expansion stage at both locations will see an area of almost eight soccer fields exclusively dedicated to computing technology, according to Deutsche.

Ferri Abolhassan, member of the board at T-Systems, said that Germany already had a unique advantage in attracting data centre customers due to its federal data protection laws and location.

“The new construction in Biere will become part of our global supply and production network. On the basis of this network with data centres in America, Asia, Africa and Europe, we are providing our customers with the most modern IT and cloud technology across the globe, with the highest availability and security,” he said.

TwinCore data centres are designed to be highly secure and can act as a backup for each other in the event of an incident.

Deutsche said that the new data centre would be energy efficient, will 27% lower energy requirements compared to similar sites.

Approximately 130 jobs are expected to be created in the Magdeburg metropolitan area to staff the data centre.

"Telekom is one of Saxony-Anhalt's main employers. However, T-Systems' investments are not only creating more jobs, but are allowing Saxony-Anhalt to soon be part of the premier league of IT locations across Europe with the new data centre. What has always been the case, has now taken on a new meaning: You can always count on us in Saxony-Anhalt," said Reiner Haseloff, the state premier of Saxony-Anhalt.

Hannover Leasing is acting as investor for the project and Ed Zublin and M+W as joint building venture. Financing is being provided by a bank consortium under the direction of Bayern LB.

T-Systems plans to lease the data centre once it is ready and will make modernisation investments amounting to the tens of millions of euros at an average of every three years.

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