• The foundations of the digital sovereignty

The foundations of the digital sovereignty: e-shelter opens its tenth data center in Bonn

Informationstechnikzentrum Bund (ITZBund) will be main user of Datacenter Rhine-Ruhr 1.

Frankfurt/Bonn, 31 August 2017 – Today marks a special “little” anniversary for e-shelter, leading data center operator in Europe and an NTT Communications group company. The opening of Datacenter Rhine-Ruhr 1 sees the tenth data center of the market leader in Europe going operational. At its new site in Bonn the company is focusing on secure and highly available computing power for its customers from the public sector.

The total space of the Datacenter Rhine-Ruhr 1 is about 8,000 sqm and is at the moment of the opening in great part leased to the federal government. The data center in Bonn has seen total investment of EUR 50 million in the first phase and can supply up to 7 MW of power. Two fully redundant systems ensure power supply even in a case of emergency. The Datacenter Rhine-Ruhr 1 has an electric power capacity of 15 megawatts – approximately 5% of the total capacity at e-shelter in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

“The new data center in Bonn means we are well placed as a modern service provider for public authorities”, explains Dr Alfred Kranstedt, ITZBund Director. “Our customers include the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. A large number of other government agencies are affiliated with these ministries such as the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. This means that around one million users from the fields of administration and business use our IT solutions.”
“We provide the infrastructure that Germany needs for the future”, says Rupprecht Rittweger, e-shelter CEO and founder. “At first sight you may perceive just a building fulfilling its purpose as a data center. But the conceptual design of our data centers goes much further. Data centers will be even more important in the future, they are a foundation for digital sovereignty in our country. "

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