22 October 2017

Datacenter

Our datacenter is located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Europe). Amsterdam features a lot of budget datacenters, which are frequently in the news due to power failures, heating issues and other problems. Not our datacenter, everything in our facility is designed with nothing but quality in mind and no costs were cut to achieve that.

We currently have 500 square meters (approximately 5400 square ft) of raised floorspace available, which can accomodate up to 10.000 servers.



Key features 

Datacenter

Raised Floors
For all of our servers we utilize raised floorspace. This is mainly done for cold air distribution, but also for flood prevention, under-floor fire detection and ESD (Electric Shock Discharge) prevention.

Environmental Security
The facility is staffed 24/7, by our own technicians as well as a dedicated security firm. The building itself features multiple layers of security, including barbed wire fences, reinforced walls and windows, motion detection, biometric scanning protocols, CCTV (Closed Circuit Video Surveillance). Additionally each and every door can only be opened using an electromagnetic keycard, which is directly connected and monitored by the security personnel, on-site and also off-site. Access is limited to datacenter personnel only. Additionally all employees undergo a through background security checks before being employed.

Fire Prevention
Every square inch of the facility is covered by our advanced fire suppression system, powered by VESDA (Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus), which is designed to stop fires from spreading in the unlikely event one should occur. We utilize gaseous fire suppression, to ensure no damage to equipment would be caused.

Airconditioning
Airconditioning is one of the most critical physical conditions of a datacenter. Every ampere that goes into a server produces a certain amount of heat, and with so many servers the facility would quickly turn into an oven if all air wouldn't be cooled down. All air is circulated and filtered every 90 seconds to remove dust and contaminates, and to ensure a constant temperature and humidity. All HVAC (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning) systems are N+1 redundant, ensuring that a duplicate system can immediately be turned on in the event of an HVAC failure.

Hot and Cold Aisles
Each row of serverracks is placed so that its back side faces the back side of the opposing row of serverracks. This way cold air can be blown into the "cold aisles" from underneath the raised floors, after which the cold air will travel through the ventilation systems of the servers into the "hot aisles". Since hot air rises, it will travel into the return air plenum back to the HVAC systems, which blows cold air through the raised floors to the servers again. Not only does this ensure a constant temperature and humidity in the facility, it's also a highly efficient way to cool the environment.

 

Hot and Cold Aisles