Etix Everywhere, a global data centre provider and operator, EVO, an energy supply company for electricity, natural gas and heat, and Data Centre Group (DCG), a data centre design, planning and certification office, teamed up to build a 15 MVA facility in Offenbach, part of the Frankfurt Rhein-Main urban area. The first building represents an investment of 120 million euros. The joint-venture plans to open the first phase of the data centre by Q3 2019.
Becoming the second largest data centre cluster in Europe, Frankfurt has to cope with continued increase of capacity and energy demand. On the other side of the river Main, Etix Everywhere, EVO and DCG have secured enough power for large-scale expansions to develop a massive campus of data centres.
The first phase of the project will provide 15 MVA of colocation capacity, developed onto a greenfield site of 7,800 sqmin Offenbach. At full capacity, the 18,000 sqm building will host more than 3,000 racks through 8,000 sqm of IT rooms.
“This project is a strategic joint venture between Etix Everywhere, DCG and EVO,”explained Robert Stoffers, Head of Energy Services for EVO. “Our combined expertise will allow us to deliver a high-quality infrastructure to meet the booming demand for IT capacity in Frankfurt due to the exponential growth of IoT, Big Data, Blockchain…”
The joint-venture is already in advanced negotiations with four potential customers. The data centre has been designed to host different types of customers, from large Cloud Service Providers to enterprise customers.
“It was essential to come up with a scalable technical solution providing a maximum flexibility.”said Ralf Siefen, Managing Director of Data Centre Group. “No matter what our clients’ needs are, our data centre design will be flexible enough to meet their requirements.”
The data centre will be EN 50600 certified, a new European standard for data centres. Among the proposed options to customers, the data centre will be a multi-tiering facility offering different redundancy levels within the same building. Customers will be able to choose their IT room based on the certifications they want to have.
Due to Frankfurt’s climate, the data centre will be able to maximise the usage of indirect free-cooling. Combining this with the “2N distributed” technical architecture, the data centre will benefit from a design PUE of 1.2.