16.04.2018 - by Franziska Büttner
Do you remember our Housewarming Party at the Eurotheum in November 2017? There we celebrated the opening of our new data center location in the heart of Frankfurt am Main with our customers, partners, friends, interested parties and – of course – colleagues and gave everyone a look behind the scenes of our new green location.
But even if it seemed a little quieter afterwards, behind the scenes we continued to develop, optimize and proceed with great passion for software and hardware in order to reach the next milestone in the project. The goal was the launch of our Public Cloud on March 31, 2018 – because our customers should get the best possible and all-encompassing cloud experience right from the start.
After four months of hard work we can now proudly say: Mission accomplished! As planned, the Cloud went live smoothly at Eurotheum last Saturday and is now fully available to our customers.
One of the customers involved right from the start is the Technische Universität Dresden with the BMVI-funded research project „Movebis“ (spoken mo-weh-bis), which is carried out by the Chairs of Transport Ecology and Computer nNtworks together with the Climate Alliance. Movebis comes from Latin and means: „You will move“ – and this describes the goal pretty well. Nationwide, an unique data basis on cycling should be created and subsequently evaluated. From the movement and sensor data provided by cyclists via their smartphones, local authorities should later be able to draw conclusions about possibilities for optimising the cycling infrastructure. The data will be collected during the annual „CITY CYCLING“ campaigns of the Climate Alliance, which for ten years has been conducting a competition to find the most active municipality in Germany in terms of cycling with the aim of avoiding CO2 emissions.
However, a project like this faces great challenges for data processing. For example, a flexible solution is required that can be adapted to changing conditions: „We have a potentially very large user base whose data is to be stored and processed. However, we do not yet know the exact number of users of the smartphone app. That’s why we decided on a cloud solution that can be scaled to meet our needs,“ says Philipp Grubitzsch, project team member at the Chair of Computer Networks, summarizing the challenges.
High legal requirements are also placed on the processing of personal data, such as those that arise from the recording of movement patterns: „Data protection was another reason for us to use a German cloud provider. The TU Dresden must comply with the very strict Saxon data protection law and the EU Data General Protection Regulation which will soon come into force“.
Last but not least, the TU Dresden team was also fascinated by the idea of saving CO2, which is achieved in the modern and highly energy-efficient computer center at Eurotheum. Philipp Grubitzsch further reveals: „This was a perfect match especially regarding the main goal of the CITY CYCLING campaign of the Climate Alliance, in the context of which we collect the data in the Movebis project.“
Because: The innovative hot water direct cooling system from Cloud&Heat is also used in the Eurotheum data center. Thanks to it, the heat from the processors of the servers does not stay unused. The water, heated up to 60 °C, can be fed directly into the hot water and heating circuits of the high-rise building. This saves in several ways: firstly, cooling costs that would otherwise be incurred when cooling servers, and heating costs for the recipient of the heat – and correspondingly a great deal of energy. For example, the hotel guests of the Meliá INNSIDE Eurotheum, located on the upper floors of the Frankfurt skyscraper, are supplied with hot water and heating.
„We are delighted to now be live with our green data center. Here we offer an innovative, future-proofed cloud concept that is unique in terms of compliance with data protection and security – and also in terms of sustainability – and that’s going down quiet well with our customers,“ says Nicolas Röhrs, Managing Director at Cloud&Heat Technologies. „We are delighted that the next milestone in Cloud&Heat’s #futureofcompute approach has been reached and that we can now further develop the project together with our customers.
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