European Data Hub (EDH) owns and operates Luxembourg’s largest data centre in partnership with a range of complimentary companies. The data centre is carrier neutral, enabling access to 14 major telecommunications companies, and offers a premium range of colocation, managed and cloud services to larger companies or those with mission critical-level requirements.

EDH’s data centre is set deep underground and offers high levels of access and data security. CCTV, dual fire detection and aragonite extinguishing systems and a 24/7 on-site security team are just some of the measures available to ensure the site is secure.

Unlike other data centres, all clients of European Data Hub get a private suite. That means the service doesn’t lend itself directly to SME’s looking for housing for quarter racks, but there are plenty of on-board clients who can resell those services on to businesses who wish to benefit from EDH’s features and benefits. Room sizes start at 20m² and go up to 1000m² and all managed services, equipment and value added services are tailored.

As an additional USP, EDH can offer up to 1000 disaster recovery workstations at its adjacent office complex, as well as general office space, meeting rooms, a 500 seat conference centre and a bank.

Location

The subterranean data centre near Drosbach is Luxembourg’s largest to date. It is Tier IV certified by the uptime institute and earned 5 stars in its 2012 ECO Data Centre Star audit, which means it is as secure as possible.  It is also ISO 9001, 27001, 50001 and 20000 certified. Its location next to Drosbach’s conference centre and office complex puts it firmly in the midst of Luxembourg’s major commercial district.

The centre benefits from full redundancy over networking, telecoms, cooling and power. It has independent dual feeds from a local energy supplier, both static and rotary UPS and enough fuel onsite to last five days at full capacity.  Free air cooling is a standard feature below 6 degrees and mixed free air and standard HVAC kicks in at between 6 and 14 degrees.

Energy

EDH shows a strong commitment to taking energy saving and environmentally friendly measures within its data centre. Recycling energy is a major feature and EDH utilises free air cooling, as well as taking heat load from the servers and pumping it across to heat the office complex adjacent to the data centre.

The data centre itself is run on 100% renewable energy and every aspect of the design, from hardware to high density water cooled cube technology, is there to reduce energy consumption so long as it does not impact performance.

As a mark of its commitment, EDH was the first data centre in Luxembourg to be awarded ISO 50001 for energy management. It also has ISO 14001 for Environmental Management.

Funding/business model

European Data Hub is a privately owned company registered in Luxembourg. It is owned by the Wagner Group, and operates the data centre as part of a team.  EDH owns the data centre, real estate specialists CRBE manage the property and leasing side, Johnson Controls bring facilities management to the table and US outsourcing, IT Infrastructure and business solutions specialists Computer Science Corporation (CSC) manage everything else on a fifteen year operational contract.

Customers and partners

European Data Hub is the Luxembourg base, and centre of operations, for partner company CSC. The global IT infrastructure company brings significant expertise and experience to EDH centre, and also serves to attract the level of customer that would not normally entrust mission critical operations to a ‘smaller’ company.

European Data Hub is relatively quiet about some of its customers, but it does reveal it plays host to some major international companies. New SME cloud provider CMD.Solutions is based at EDH and CSC client CASEIS, of Crédit Agricole (France) is also hosted at the data centre.

A leading light in data centre design and operation for Luxembourg

European Data Hub may take an unconventional approach to operating a next-generation data centre, but its services and options will appeal to a niche, but large, range of customers who wish to retain control whilst benefitting from state of the art facilities. From colocation to fully managed, and vendor neutral to boot, European Data Hub is a fantastic choice for organisations willing to spend a little more for something special.

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