Active Fire Prevention in the High Security Data Center – Fort Knox for Highly Sensitive Data
Bremen-based ColocationIX GmbH operates a high-security data center in Bremen's historic Zwinglibunker with its two-meter-thick, massive outer walls. It offers its customers physical and digital security at the highest level and thus optimal conditions for outsourcing IT/servers. Via fiber optics, ColocationIX is directly connected with the largest Internet Exchanges DECIX, AMSIX and LINX as well as other important Internet Exchanges in Europe and China with lowest latency times. These direct paths allow applications to be operated globally at maximum performance. The WAGNER Group provides the appropriate fire protection.
Active Fire Prevention Ensures Comprehensive Protection of the IT Infrastructure
About the Project
The ColocationIX data centre covers an area of more than 2,500 m² on five floors. More than 500 racks provide space for a total of around 60,000 servers from customers of sectors like logistics and e-commerce to banks and insurance companies, mechanical engineering firms and IT service providers. ColocationIX serves these companies, for example, as a backup data centre or for the highly secure operation of their (private) cloud services. The massive walls of the bunker effectively protect the critical infrastructures and digital assets inside against external influences.
About the Customer
Bremen-based ColocationIX GmbH is a partner company of the owner-managed Consultix GmbH and operator of an ISO 27001 certified high-security data centre.
Fire Protection of the Highest Safety Class - Active Fire Prevention Enables Permanent Availability of Data
All server rooms as well as technical rooms of the ColocationIX data center are protected by active fire prevention by means of oxygen reduction. An oxygen reduction system OxyReduct® reduces the oxygen concentration in the protected areas to the protection level defined for data centers by means of controlled nitrogen supply. Fire development is thus no longer possible. The customer's primary objective is met: fires are avoided and the availability of the data center is maintained. This is also the primary concern of the fire protection expert WAGNER. Because the safety of the customers and their values and processes is the top priority when planning the individual fire protection solutions.
As an integral part of the solution, all areas were equipped with TITANUS MICRO·SENS® air sampling smoke detectors for early fire detection. The air sampling smoke detectors are highly sensitive and at the same time absolutely foolproof. For example, a cable smoldering fire can be detected long before extensive smoke development occurs. Active fire prevention in combination with TITANUS® early fire detection provides the decisive time advantage for early intervention, so that an abrupt energy shutdown with corresponding data loss can be dispensed with. Despite oxygen reduction, all areas remain accessible to authorized personnel.
Currently, not all five floors of the high bunker house servers of ColocationIX customers. The remaining floors will follow in further expansion stages. The fire protection system was planned on a modular basis from the outset, with all the necessary pipe systems for fire detection and oxygen reduction installed in the relevant areas. As soon as additional floors go into operation, they can be easily connected to the existing fire protection systems. Then again WAGNER will be on hand as a reliable partner for ColocationIX .