Step inside one of the biggest datacentres in Europe: Photos

Step inside one of the biggest datacentres in Europe: Photos

Summary: This week saw the opening of the biggest datacentre in Europe – a new facility in the Portuguese city of Covilhã. ZDNet went for a look around.

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  • The Covilhã datacentre will house six main rooms, each with 520m² of space. Each of them is built with bridge engineering techniques, and there are no pillars to maximise space.

    Image: Portugal Telecom

  • The datacentre draws 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources and has a PUE (power usage effectiveness) of under 1.25.

    Its high voltage substation is powered by two separate power lines that feed the datacentre through two separate paths. Twelve groups of generators — one of them pictured above — provide more than enough power for a town the size of Covilhã in the event of a power outage.

    Image: Lance Harris/ZDNet

  • The datacentre is designed for a high level of security and redundancy. The structure is encased in a 'safe box' comprising a single, solid metal piece measuring 55m X 55m X 33m. 

    Human guards and more than 250 cameras watch over the facility 24 hours a day around the year, while access to sensitive areas of the facility is granted by palm vein verification.

    Pictured here are some of the facility's fire extinction systems.

    Image: Lance Harris/ZDNet

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Topics: Data Centers, Datacentre Tour, Telcos, EU

Lance Harris

About Lance Harris

Lance Harris is a writer with more than 18 years of experience. Over the years, Lance has written about technology in business, the business of technology, and the African telecommunications industry for many of South Africa’s top business and IT publications.

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  • Yet Another Vast Room Filled With Featureless Metal Cabinets

    Why can't datacentres look more like this? http://johnkennethmuir.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/computer70.jpg
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