IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it has been selected by Slovak Telekom to build a new data centre in Bratislava, Slovakia. IBM will support Slovak Telekom, one of Slovakia's largest telco providers, in ensuring that the new facility benefits from the latest green technologies for power and cooling. The data centre, planned to begin operation in 2011, will enable Slovak Telekom to meet increasing demand for data centre services from technology hosting, through business continuity to disaster recovery.
"IBM is a partner which, thanks to its wealth of experience in data centres and Green IT, is helping us to strengthen our position in the field of complex telecommunication solutions," said Miroslav Majoros, President & CEO of Slovak Telekom. "Working with IBM, we will create the most modern data center in Slovakia which will allow us to offer outsourcing services of superior quality while significantly decreasing costs and energy consumption."
Under the terms of the agreement which was signed in September this year, the IBM technology services team is responsible for the initial planning and risk analysis of the centre. The next phase of the project involves the design and construction, including the complete networking and electrical system, emergency power supply and cooling system.
"Adopting a green approach helps companies reduce costs and energy usage and unleash resources for business growth," said Roman Brestovansky, Country General Manager, IBM Slovakia. "The facility we will build for Slovak Telekom will perfectly combine ecology and economy helping our client to reap the benefits of lower costs and improved sustainability."
The data centre will be built on approximately 1,200 square meters of a modern, five-floor building, providing a highly-resilient environment. It will be fully equipped to protect Slovak Telekom's valuable information technology investments. It will ensure the highest levels of physical and digital protection, including access control, CCTV, intrusion, fire and flood detection and extinguishing systems, as well as, comprehensive monitoring of the IT infrastructure. Green techniques include a cooling system which, during cold months, will leverage outside air, reducing the need for air conditioning units. The high-density layout of the centre will ensure that IT equipment is sectioned according to heat emissions in order to optimize cooling capacity and efficiency.
Under the T-Com brand, Slovak Telekom, provides national and international voice services and a wide portfolio of modern data services. Slovak Telekom operates one of the largest next generation networks (NGN) enabling the use of voice and data services on one common IP platform. Slovak Telekom will use the new data centre to provide services to clients within the Slovak Telekom Group as well as to other enterprises across the country.