Thursday, November 23, 2017

European Commission opens cloud data centre in Luxembourg in boost for Digital Single Market

Growing demand for digital services across the EU’s 28 member states and within the organisation itself spark need for resilient location.

The European Commission has strengthened its ICT footprint with the opening of a new data centre in Betzdorf, Luxembourg, as it keeps pushing for the Digital Single Market.

The data centre will store EU data for a minimum period of 15 years and costs to run the facility will be split in half, with the EU and the Luxembourg state paying half of the running costs each.

The hub, expected to generate 150 jobs, was opened by European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther H. Oettinger, Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Minister for Home Affairs, for the Civil Service and Administrative Reform, Dan Kersch.

The data centre will be housing more than 1400 information systems such as the pan-European systems supporting the Single Market, climate policy, health and food safety or structural funds.

It will also house internal systems, which help run the Commission’s administration, such as its financial and HR systems.

The EC said the Betzdorf data centre “will be a data centre of the future enhanced by cloud services”.

The move to the Betzdorf data centre completes the Commission’s move out of the old Jean Monnet building where asbestos had been detected in 2014.

The Commission’s data centres include more than 30 local data rooms in two professional Luxembourg-based Tier-4 data centres.

Commissioner Oettinger said: “Thanks to a fruitful collaboration with the Luxembourg authorities, the Commission is today opening a world class data centre to ensure its IT infrastructure which is operating EU and pan-European Information systems, is modern, reliable and cost-efficient.”

The EC’s data centre in Betzdorf joins other from large international organisations.

In May 2016, military alliance NATO also opened a Tier IV data centre in the same location to boost its Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) disaster recovery capabilities in Europe.

Now read our special report “Luxembourg: From a monolithic economy to a digitally savvy data centre hub“.