Deutsche Telekom Plans Germany’s Largest Data Center

T-Systems headquarters building in Frankfurt.

Deutsche Telekom said Oct. 25 that its subsidiary, T-Systems, has begun laying the foundation for what is planned to be the largest data center in Germany, a 150,000-square meter (1,614,590 square feet) monster to be built in Saxony-Anhalt.

The site, as large as 30 soccer fields laid next to each other, will be constructed in in Biere in the Salzland district, the company said, becoming the latest of its 90 data centers. Together with the data center already running in Magdeburg, the new construction in Biere will form what the company calls a “TwinCore,” a twin data center that T-Systems said will offer a high level of data and operational security.

(SuperMUC, Europe’s largest supercomputer, is also in Germany.)

“Companies that decide to use cloud computing pay attention to high availability and data protection,” Ferri Abolhassan, member of the Board of Management at T-Systems, wrote in a statement. “With the German Federal Data Protection Act [BDSG], Germany already has a clear advantage in terms of location. Moreover, we ensure the business operations of groups thanks to our TwinCore data centers and a zero error strategy.”

The new data center will be used to house servers providing a private cloud for cloud services that DT will provide to its customers. T-Systems already has built 22 other data centers specifically for cloud services, the company said.

T-Systems characterized the new data center as “climate-neutral,” typically used to go beyond “carbon neutral”—usually achieved by buying up carbon credits to offset CO2 discharges—and also to account for other greenhouse gases including methane and hydrofluorocarbons. The new data center will reportedly use 27 percent less power than comparable data centers.

The Biere facility uses technology and engineering jointly developed by Intel and T-Systems as part of the so-called DataCenter 2020 project begun by both companies in Munich in 2009. The facility was set up as a test center to determine methods by which energy efficiency and operations in existing data centers could be optimized. The goal was to look at different scenarios affecting the hot and cold aisles of the data center, modulating fan speeds and inlet air temperatures (among other variables) to maximize PUE.

A space measuring encompassing an area of almost eight soccer fields will be exclusively dedicated to computing technology, T-Systems added.