A1 OPENS TIER III EARTHQUAKE RESISTANT DATA CENTRE FACILITY
PRESS RELEASE: A1 announces new earthquake resistant data centre, the only one in Croatia that has been built from the ground up according to the Tier III criteria of the UpTime Institute, a world leader in standardising the performance of digital infrastructure. Business users are guaranteed an annual maximum availability or functioning of critical infrastructure such as connectivity, power supply and cooling systems.
At the opening of the data centre, Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butković emphasised the importance of digital infrastructure for economic recovery and development.
“Such investments really make us happy, especially when they are realised within the current pandemic, which encourages us to continue the positive economic and investment opportunities in Croatia. High-quality and new infrastructure is an important precondition for our economic and social progress, where, in addition to investing in the construction of broadband networks, the Government of the Republic of Croatia encourages the establishment of large capacity networks. In addition to the network infrastructure, the functioning of the digital society requires other infrastructure, such as such data banks, and for that I congratulate A1 Croatia.” Bernard Gršić, State Secretary of the Central State Office for the Development of the Digital Society, added that digital infrastructure such as this data centre is extremely important for the development of the digital society.
Apart from that, the development of the 5G network is also crucial, Gršić believes: “All this is a springboard for further acceleration of digital transformation. The National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NPOO) establishes an opportunity for digitalisation to develop systematically, planned and much faster throughout Croatia. According to the Index of Economic and Social Digitisation (DESI) in 2021, the European Commission has recognised our ambitions to achieve the set goal according to the National Development Strategy of Croatia until 2030, which is to be on average in the EU according to the DESI index.”
The highest quality standards that the A1 data centre meets are built into its very foundations. Thus, 220 tons of reinforcement and 5,500 tons of concrete were used in the construction of 2,122 square meters and, in accordance with the requirements for Tier III certification, it is able to withstand earthquakes up to magnitude 9 on the Richter scale.
President of the Board of A1 Croatia Jiří Dvorjančanský explained how the corona crises, but also earthquakes, warned and forced accelerated digital transformation.
“Demand for cloud services and collocation is growing day by day. Due to mass teleworking, a significant increase in the use of online services and services, both for business and private purposes, the availability and security of data are priceless. We were brave and despite the pandemic and other aggravating circumstances, we invested 11 million euros in this state-of-the-art database in the region, which was built in just one year. With this, we have once again, with the accelerated construction of a 5G mobile network and a fixed optical network, confirmed our commitment to the digitalisation of Croatia”, said Dvorjančanský.
The data centre is equipped with its own substation which is powered by two independent energy branches with a maximum capacity of 2MW. There will be no difficulties in the work even in case of interruption of both energy branches, because the equipment will be powered by two diesel generators with a total power of 2MW and UPS systems. About 5,000 km of optical fibres (50 km of optical cables) from three different, independent directions were used to connect the data centre. About 600 km of optical fibres (6 km of optical cables) are indented inside the building.
“With the most modern, inventory air cabinets and innovative heat dissipation system, we have achieved exceptional energy efficiency and the facility is certified as A +,” explained Antonia Kujundžić Velimirović, director of network management and IT services at A1 Croatia.
She added that there will be key A1 network and ICT services: “At full capacity, the data centre will have 300 IT lockers in six technical rooms and meet the criteria of the most demanding users in terms of data security and technical protection.”
A1 Croatia in its second data centre provides collocation services, Virtual Infrastructure (Iaas), Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Exoscalea with a number of security solutions. “For business users, the calculation is simple. They don’t have to worry about infrastructure and equipment, get 24/7 support and maintenance, and the highest level of security. When left to us as a partner, they can focus their resources on developing and expanding their business. All services we provide in the data centre are in accordance with as many as six ISO certificates, from quality and environmental protection to safety “, explained the General Manager for Business Users of A1 Croatia Ivan Gabrić.
Among the first users of the new data centre is Generali Insurance, part of the Generali Group – one of the world's leading providers of insurance and asset management services.
Mario Carini, President of the Management Board of Generali Insurance, said: “I am pleased to raise the long-standing successful partnership between Generali Insurance and A1 Croatia to a new level by using this modern data centre to collocate our IT infrastructure to the highest security standards”.
It was built and equipped for A1 Croatia by Vertiv, a world leader in the field of design, construction and management of critical data centre infrastructure.
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