Businesses and individuals in Switzerland rely on an efficient and flexible ICT infrastructure that fulfils the highest standards in terms of performance, availability and security. Swisscom is thus building a "360-degree cloud", in which residential customers can store their data and business customers can access their applications. To make this cloud a reality, high-performance data centres are needed like the one Swisscom has built in Berne-Wankdorf together with RZintegral, an architecture and general contracting firm in Berne. Construction on the project began in August 2012. The new facilities will replace the data centre that developed over the years on the periphery of the city bordering Ostermundigen. Swisscom invested around CHF 60 million in the new building.
The new data centre is one of the few in Europe to be awarded Tier IV certification for the optimal availability of data and systems. This certification means that the facility is one of the very best in the world in terms of its availability and ease of maintenance. The new data centre also gets top marks for sustainability and environmental compatibility. It is integrated in the city of Berne’s heating network, so that its waste heat can be used directly to heat neighbouring homes and offices. In addition, a hybrid cooling system is used instead of conventional cooling devices, which consume a great deal of electricity. The building will be cooled using recirculated air, supplemented in the height of summer by evaporation. For the first time, this evaporation will be achieved using rain water. An innovative concept for the emergency power supply ensures an uninterruptible and efficient supply of power to the servers, while being environmentally friendly and dispensing with the need for acid batteries. Thanks to these measures, the new data centre has a top energy efficiency rating: 84 per cent of the energy used is converted to computing power. This level of efficiency corresponds to what specialists refer to as a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.2. By comparison, the average PUE value for data centres in Europe is currently 1.9 (efficiency level: 51 per cent).
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