Financial data center now open for new customers
1,600 m2 of free space in Zurich
The Zurich Insurance Group’s data center on the outskirts of Zurich has a new owner. The high-security data center has been part of the green.ch group since May 2016 – and is therefore now open to external customers.
It is an open secret within the data-center industry: The Zurich Insurance Group has operated one of their main data centers in Schlieren for more than 20 years. The building on the outskirts of Zurich has a useable underground area of 3,310 m2, the size of one of the two Zurich West greenDatacenter tracts. Despite its considerable size and spectacular appearance, which is the work of well-known Zurich architect Theo Holz, for 20 years, the data center has mainly operated covertly – clearly for reasons of confidentiality. The green.ch Group acquired the data center in May 2016. The purchase included the building and grounds with an area of 3,700 m2.
Four underground levels
All that is visible above ground is the distinctive peak of the building whose bottom two thirds are surrounded by windows. These two floors contain offices with an area totaling 719 m2. Above them are the heat exchangers and ventilators, all redundant systems to cover any possible failure of the district cooling delivered by ewz. Above protrude the distinctive, rectangular-bent, stainless-steel pipes where ventilation enters and exits. Another prominent feature on the office buildings is the stainless-steel chimneys for the exhaust of the emergency diesel generators. The office tower somewhat resembles an airport tower. And in fact, Theo Holz also designed the Dock E midfield between the three runways at the Zurich Airport. In Schlieren, the tower is in the middle of the data center area with its four invisible, underground levels.
The data center was designed in accordance with the Tier 3 standard and meets all FINMA requirements and other financial industry regulations. The Zurich Insurance Group invested substantial sums to ensure that all security equipment was always kept state-of-the-art. All control and software systems were replaced. The building also has separate systems to control the cooling and electricity. Such systems are also used in nuclear power plants and tunnel construction. Electricity is provided by two georedundant underground plants. In the unlikely event of a power failure, the three diesel generators will be up and running to full capacity within 30 seconds. 3,310 m2 of the total 4,029 m2 data center space is usable. All four levels have fire-detection systems in the floors and the ceilings, as well as the latest fire-extinguishing systems. The entire system is regularly audited.
Half the space is leased
The new data center in Schlieren, now known as Zurich City 2, is located an ideal distance from Green’s other data center sites. It is only 18 km from the state-of-the-art Tier IV data center in Lupfig. An optimum distance to ensure georedundancy and to replicate systems. The new data center in Schlieren is also attractive for companies in the financial industry. It is close to the city and offers an interesting community of different financial providers. In addition to data center space, the new location also offers office space. Since some SLAs require defective hardware components to be replaced within 15 minutes, such office space is increasingly in demand.
Also ecologically convincing
In addition to security and connectivity, ecological aspects play a major role when choosing a data center. The data center in Schlieren surpasses others in this regard, because district cooling – also sourced from waste treatment centers – reduces the use of fully fluorinated hydrocarbons (PFC) and uses less energy than conventional air-conditioning systems.
The approximately 1,600 m2 data center space and almost 400 m2 of office space are now available for occupancy.
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