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November 4, 2009

IBM to build new data centre for Slovak Telekom in Bratislava

Includes initial planning, risk analysis, and design and construction

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM said that it has been selected by Slovak Telekom to build a new data centre in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Under the agreement, IBM will support Slovak Telekom in ensuring that the new facility benefits from the new 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 said that its technology services team is responsible for the initial planning and risk analysis of the centre and the next phase of the project involves the design and construction, including the networking and electrical system, emergency power supply and cooling system.

Reportedly, the data centre will be built on approximately 1,200 square meters of a modern, five-floor building, providing a resilient environment. It will be equipped to protect Slovak Telekom’s information technology investments and ensure physical and digital protection, including access control, CCTV, intrusion, fire and flood detection and extinguishing systems, as well as, monitoring of the IT infrastructure.

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Green techniques include a cooling system which, during cold months, will leverage outside air, reducing the need for air conditioning units. The IT equipment is sectioned according to heat emissions in order to optimise cooling capacity and efficiency, IBM said.

Under the T-Com brand, Slovak Telekom, provides national and international voice services and a portfolio of modern data services. Slovak Telekom operates 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.

Roman Brestovansky, country general manager at IBM Slovakia, said: Adopting a green approach helps companies reduce costs and energy usage and unleash resources for business growth. 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.

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