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Safe Host launches Switzerland’s largest data centre

Tue 23 May 2017

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Safe Host, the Swiss colocation company, is launching phase one of what may become the largest data center in Switzerland.

The new facility will be located in the canton of Vaud, in the Western part of the country, near France. The 14,000 square foot hyperscale data center will be rolled out in 4MW phases to a critical load capacity of 40MW.

In the event of a power failure, backup power can be provided for up to 72 hours by oil-powered generators. Cooling will be provided by a state-of-the-art ventilation system using adiabatic air coolers, which regulate heat through changes in air pressure caused by volume expansion. A less expensive way to keep servers cool is important, as the colocation facility will charge customers based on power consumption rather than space used.

“In the past, companies were telling us their needs in square meters. But the miniaturization of servers, which are increasingly energy-intensive, has prompted the industry to charge according to power consumption,” says Gerard Sikias, co-founder and director of Safe Host.

This facility is SafeHost’s third in Switzerland, along with their first located in Geneva and another in Avenches, which formerly belonged to Yahoo.

The Vaud data center was built with an eye to data security. “Security is our major asset,” said Sikias, “even if our customers are responsible for their infrastructure.” He noted that security is a foremost concern for clients who collocate their data. “More and more companies are no longer equipped or able to manage their data internally. It’s much safer and cheaper to store them in a data center, where we constantly invest to keep our security systems up-to-date.”

Safe Host’s data centers are ISO 9001 and 27001 certified and use renewable power sources. The company stated that the project was designed with the approval of state energy authorities, to comply with the Swiss energy initiative known as Vision 2050.

Safe Host is interested in helping customers to manage the growth in data consumption and increase in capacity and storage requirements, while establishing Switzerland as a key location for data storage for European companies.

Sikias sees continuing potential for growth for Safe Host. He doesn’t believe that major players will build data centers in Switzerland in the near future, noting that companies like Google and Amazon prefer to build their data centers nearer to large population centers.

Just last week, Safe Host entered into a partnership with Global Cloud Exchange (GCX), providing Safe Host customers with access to emerging markets using the GCX global network infrastructure.


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