Data security is one of our main priorities. We use state of the art datacenters when referring to technology or security.
A datacentre is designed to house servers and storage space. It is used by companies to organise, process and store large amounts of data. It houses both an organisation’s business applications and data as well as that of its customers.
Today, we take you behind the scenes of the Bissen datacentre, which is more commonly known as LuxConnect.
There are numerous checkpoints and security features in place regarding access to the datacenter. The data remains safe from all malicious person thanks to 24-hour surveillance by security guards and a large number of control devices within the building.
The risks of fire, flooding or possible power or telecom outages must be taken into account when building a datacentre in order to minimise their consequences as much as possible. Only 4,800 m2 of the 21,000 m2 of the Bissen datacentre is allocated to servers and associated storage space. The rest of the space is devoted to security, backup systems, such as the battery storage room, which allows the servers to continue operating in the event of a power outage before the generators take over the providing of electricity. There is also the nitrogen gas cylinder room, which is used to extinguish fires that may be detected in the secure server rooms. Finally, we have a server cooling system room. Regular tests are carried out to ensure that all back-up systems – more than 2,600 emergency batteries and 8 generators – can take over quickly in the event of a power cut. Fire and smoke detection is active throughout the building. If a fire is detected, nitrogen is released into the room to reduce the CO2 level and extinguish the fire.
All the resources required to operate the building are duplicated and follow different paths, this is called the redundancy principle. There are two electricity and Internet access inputs from different suppliers, if a problem is encountered with one, then the datacenter will automatically switched to the secondary option. Therefore, the datacentre remains unaffected and fully functional without any negative impact or down time encountered by the clients.
From an environmental point of view, efforts are being made to offset the energy consumption required by datacentres as much as possible. For example, the Bissen datacentre recuperates the heat generated by the pellet company located next door and uses it as energy to produce cold air to cool the servers of the datacentre. Rainwater from the green roof is also collected in tanks and reused as a cooling medium. Finally, the heat produced by the servers is used to heat the corridors, resulting in almost zero heating consumption.
In conclusion, security in a datacentre is a priority and combines many elements allowing for a quick response in case of problems. Datacentres are considered as energy-intensive places. Therefore, taking into account their energy footprint from the outset is a positive point for the planet.