• e-shelter opens its first data center in Austria

e-shelter opens its first data center in Austria

Today more than 200 guests celebrate the grand opening of e-shelter's eighth data center in Europe and its first data center in Austria. The data center will be timely put into operations within 12 months after start of construction. The data center space of the first building stage has 2,800 sqm; it is designed for up to three building stages and will offer 8,400 sqm data center space after completion. The total investment for this project amounts to 140 Million Euro.

"An excellent infrastructure lays the cornerstone for the current digital transformation. Our data center in Vienna will be connected with our data centers in Germany and Switzerland so that a central internet- and cloud hub not only for Vienna but as well as for Central and South Europe will be developed", states Rupprecht Rittweger, founder and CEO of e-shelter, on the occasion of the opening.

In the presence of Mag.a Renate Brauner, Vice-Mayor and Executive City Councilor of finance, economic affairs and public utilities of the city of Vienna, the data center will be put into operations symbolically. Mag.a Renate Brauner is very pleased about the biggest international business setup in the last three decades: "Vienna is and will always be an attractive location for international enterprises. This data center ensures the quality of location since it strengthens the infrastructure which is important for other business companies." Brauner points out that e-shelter was intensely supported by Vienna Business Agency and subsidized with 200,000 Euro in the framework of the location initiative 2014.

In the context of the opening, one of the first customers thanks for the good and constructive cooperation: "Already in April we have moved into our data center spaces (Atos Data Center South) and have created additionally new capacities to our existing data center locations. Thereby we offer our existing customers a noticeably additional benefit and are prepared for future outsourcing projects at the same time”, said Johann Martin Schachner, Atos Country Manager Austria.

Optimized systems for cooling technology, cold aisle containment systems and free cooling are used for increasing energy efficiency. The data center is operated using power from renewable energy, and the waste heat is used to heat office spaces and neighboring buildings. The Vienna municipal utilitity companies Vienna Energy and Vienna Grid have been an important partner for the implementation, and will continuously provide the data center with reliable and efficient power. "We are pleased to be a partner in such an important business project in Vienna. Data centers of this kind need highly-efficient energy supply and data grids with high reliability and speed as well as the required power. This crucial contribution is provided by Vienna Energy and Vienna Grid", says Robert Grüneis, Board member of Vienna municipal utilities.

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