Datacube Biel – the safest place for your data in Espace Mittelland

In the heart of Espace Mittelland, Datacube Biel offers comprehensive data center services with maximum security for your business-critical IT systems, applications and data. One major highlight of the state-of-the-art data center is its energy efficiency.

Bözingenfeld in the eastern part of Biel is rapidly becoming a major industrial and high-tech center in the region. The key here is the connection to global data highways in combination with a correspondingly powerful and modern IT infrastructure in order to lay the groundwork for the digital transformation of every company. After all, digitalization is a challenge for large corporations, SMEs and the public sector alike.

Given the growing regulatory demands (compliance) and the increase in cybercrime, security plays a decisive role. Efficient and environmentally friendly IT production is as important as the growth in edge computing. Regional data centers are therefore becoming increasingly important, not only thanks to their proximity to customers.

Are you ready for these challenges? Nectrics’ Datacube Biel offers you a professional, flexible and secure home for your IT infrastructure and your data.

Our state-of-the-art data center in Biel

Unrivaled energy efficiency

Datacube’s design is based on cutting-edge energy efficiency standards. Its low PUE* value of 1.3 indicates an excellent ratio of processing power to other consumers such as the cooling system.

* PUE (power usage effectiveness): The closer the PUE value is to 1, the more efficiently the data center is running.

 

Enormous power density

When business heats up, Datacube has no trouble keeping pace. At peak times, an average of 6 to 7 kW of power per rack is available per square meter, which equates to a potential annual supply of 16 kW for an individual rack.

Maximum building security

Whether it’s fire protection, earthquake security or biometric access controls: the state-of-the-art Datacube is equipped for every eventuality. As a measure of its high reliability, Datacube has been awarded Tier III+ certification.

The advantages for you at a glance

Scalable performance

The power supply is redundant (2N) and has been classified as Tier IV. This means availability of 99.999% is achieved.

A professional technical solution ensures that there is a reliable energy supply down to rack level: the highest redundancy (2N) in emergency power systems with a diesel supply for at least 48 hours, in transformer stations, UPS systems, main distributors and individual sub-distributions.

Readiness and escalation procedures are implemented and 24/7 support is guaranteed 365 days a year. Permanent monitoring ensures a quick response.

The data center has a high power density. Power densities of up to 25 kW per rack can be partially supported and cooled accordingly.
The power output required is flexible and can be increased for installation work without interrupting operations.

High efficiency, the environment and sustainability

When the data center was designed and planned, attention was consistently paid to energy efficiency and sustainability. The following measures contribute to protecting the environment, greater sustainability and a low PUE value.

The Biel data center has a PUE value of less than 1.3.

Cooling system

In addition to the power supply, cooling must also be guaranteed at all times. Without a cooling system, temperatures can rise so rapidly within a few minutes that the servers can initiate an automatic emergency shutdown to protect the system from any damage caused by overheating.

All cooling system components are redundant with Tier III certification (N+1).

A cold air supply of 24°C (+/- 2°C) is guaranteed. Humidity is kept between 30% and 60%.

Free Cooling

Instead of cooling using expensive cooling machines, free cooling from the surrounding area is used. Free cooling systems differ from traditional liquid cooling systems in that they have an additional water/air heat exchanger. Free cooling systems can be operated efficiently without energy-intensive compressors as long as the outside temperature is less than 18°C–20°C.

Containment

The server racks are completely contained and are run using a hot aisle containment system. This significantly improves energy efficiency compared to traditional room cooling.

Use of waste heat

The surrounding office space is heated using the waste heat from the data center. This means that the energy generated is reused. The emergency power supply systems are also preheated using the waste heat from the data center instead of using the conventional electrical system. The waste heat is used by a local heating network and larger companies near the data center.

Service corridor

Using cooling walls and the isolated service corridor means that the customer area can be completely disconnected from the technology. The data center operations team does not have to enter the customer area for any maintenance work.

Air conditioning

The air conditioning and ambient cooling systems are structured and designed for IT systems subject to high loads. The air conditioning is via a redundant air conditioning system with precision cooling using line-based circulating air cooling devices (InRow) in the computer rooms.

Rack size:
Schneider Electric Netshelter SX 42/48
800 mm wide x 1200 mm deep x 42/48 Rack units

PDU:
Includes 2x metered PDUs

Fire protection

Only non-flammable materials were used in construction and development.

To detect potential fires or smoldering fires as early as possible, an early fire detection system has been installed as well as a fire alarm system. This system works with laser analysis for intake air. All alarms are forwarded to the control center. The fire alarm system is also directly connected to the fire brigade.

Fire fighting

A gas-based fire suppression system is installed in data center rooms (ICT rooms), which extinguishes any fires. The gas (nitrogen/argon) suppresses the fire and prevents it from spreading by lowering the oxygen content.

Hand-held CO2 fire extinguishers are also provided.

Monitoring

Security is the top priority for us. Strict security measures protect your equipment. The building is monitored by electronic burglar alarm systems and security guards 24 hours a day. Proof of identity is mandatory for visitors and is verified against an access list provided by the customer. All visits are registered and video surveillance cameras monitor all activities in the security zones.

Access to the data center is managed around the clock using a multi-level, state-of-the-art security system.

All monitoring and access control data is recorded and archived for long-term retrieval.

Access

Entrances to communal and customer areas are secured by a turnstile system that only grants access to one person at a time. Materials can be delivered and issued directly via a goods hatch that leads from the fenced-in area into the building. The transit area guarantees that nobody can get into the building together with the materials.

It is possible to access the customer room 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Several security levels are required to gain access to individual computer rooms. The building is protected by electronic and biometric access systems that include five security levels:

  • Perimeter protection
  • Turnstile systems
  • Electronic access controls
  • Biometric palm vein scans
  • Access badge for all access doors, customer rooms and customer racks
Structured cabling

Structured cabling facilitates quick and flexible connections to the carrier room or other customer rooms. Structured cabling from the central patch room to the carrier room and from there to the customer room can be implemented using glass and/or copper cross-connect lines. The interconnect connections are created using patch cables within the central patch room, to which only authorized data center employees have access. Your most important advantages:

  • Quick creation of customer-specific connections
  • Possible to establish redundant connections
  • Administration and management by the operator
  • Metered, guaranteed connection using a standardized cabling structure (FO fiber type, connector type, clean structure, overview and management)
Network / carrier connection

Operation of the data center is carrier-neutral. You can conclude a contract with the provider that is best for you.

  • The building’s accessibility is designed with redundancy (separate building entries).
  • A cable route ring for data and fiber optic cables is installed inside the building, which guarantees a redundant feed line from two independent carrier rooms to the customer’s equipment. Four fiber optic in-feeds in the building for multiple redundant connections.
  • The four customer data center rooms are accessed via separate raised zones.
  • The operator manages all cabling via a cable management system and monitors all cabling activities to guarantee a high level of service quality.

The following carriers are available in the carrier rooms:
Swisscom, UPC, Sunrise, Quickline AG, Netrics, Energie Service Biel, Gas&Com, SFN Swiss FibreNet, SwissIX

Additional building infrastructures
  • Space for dispatching goods, processing and preparation, disposal
  • Storage area
  • Office space
  • Meeting rooms
  • Staging room
  • Parking spaces
Operation services

Netrics ensures that your infrastructure is run securely and reliably. This includes a stable and uninterrupted power supply and cooling capacity as well as building security. Operation includes: servicing and maintenance, monitoring and troubleshooting, and replacing infrastructure in a timely manner. Netrics’ operating services are included in the rental prices. The guaranteed service quality (SLA) is agreed in writing.

  • Facility management and system operation 24/7, 365 days a year
  • Data center services: Hand & Eyes, Remote Hands, IMAC (install, move, add and change) services
  • 2nd side in various fire compartments and buildings, data centers
  • Cloud and backup platforms, operational performance and SLAs
Certification

All Netrics data centers meet the EN 506001 standard as a Code of Conduct.

Datacube Münchenstein and Datacube Biel are Netrics’ own data centers. They are Tier III based on Uptime Institute guidelines and are certified under ISO 27001. Electricity is obtained from renewable energy sources.

Netrics Holding AG and its subsidiaries have the following certifications: ISO 9001, ISO 20000, ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018 and ISO 27017 (recommendations for implementing information security for cloud services) and ISO 27018 (best practices for data protection in the public cloud).

All Netrics data centers are operated in line with FINMA circulars 08/07 and 18/3 (outsourcing banks). In addition, we employ qualified staff who have been with the company for many years and all staff have signed a confidentiality agreement in accordance with Article 47 of the Banking Act (Bankengesetz).

Hands & Eyes, Remote Hands

Reliable and expert infrastructure maintenance is crucial for your uninterrupted business operations. You don’t have to travel to Datacube for smaller installations, troubleshooting or similar work. As part of our Hands & Eyes service, specially trained Netrics staff take on these tasks for customers on site, following detailed instructions.

Different models are available, depending on the ability to plan work and timings. Remote maintenance support can be provided during business hours and outside of business hours around the clock by arrangement. Overview of services (non-exhaustive list):

  • Manually stopping and starting IT equipment, monitoring the boot process
  • Inserting and removing data storage devices (CDs, DVDs, floppy disks, tapes) and storing them in the customer’s rack or cage
  • Changing labeled tapes and storing them in the customer’s rack or cage, and preparing for relocation
  • Checking the externally visible status of customer components
  • Entering commands on a keyboard console following telephone or written instructions, interventions based on a checklist
  • Monitoring, descriptions or reporting key indicators
  • Network patch work
  • Logistics (receipt, delivery checks, warehousing, unpacking, etc.)
  • Training on DL service and high-availability systems


As a long-standing operator of data centers, we have in-depth experience in dealing with customer migrations. We carry out relocation, dismantling and construction, move scenarios and modernization, as well as consolidation in the data center area, both efficiently and proficiently.

Datacube Biel in numbers

Year of construction: 2018
Data center area: 4,900 m2
Data center usable area: 2,240 m2 (4 halls, each 560 m2)
Racks: 720 racks (180 racks per DC hall)
Office space: 1,030 m2
Data center system area: 1,600 m2
Data center operation area: 300 m2

Max. network load: 4 MW, max. 5 MW
Power density: 2.5 kW / m2, 7.5 kW per rack

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Location

Datacube Biel
Tennisweg 6
2504 Biel/Bienne
Switzerland

Datacube Biel is located near the A6 motorway (approx. 2.5 km away) and the A5 motorway (just under 4 km away). Biel train station is 7 km away from the data center (15 minutes by car or 18 minutes by public transport).

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Do you sleep better even though your IT infrastructure is in someone else's hands? Or precisely because?

Regardless of whether you have already started your journey or are still planning it - as your partner, we accompany you in every phase with know-how and experience. During the step-by-step transformation, the agile approach enables the fast and efficient achievement of partial results. At the same time, we establish sensors and measuring points as a basis for the ongoing further development of the implemented solution. After the transformation, we guarantee the reliable and secure operation of your solution by maintaining the service level defined in the operating model.

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