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European Commission opens new data centre in Luxembourg

Tue 13 Dec 2016

The European Commission has officially launched a new in-house data centre located in Betzdorf, Luxembourg.

The facility was opened on the 12th December 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 new building will house over 1,400 of the organisation’s IT systems, including pan-European systems supporting the single market, climate policy, health and food safety, and structural funds. The data centre is also expected to handle various internal administration systems, such as human resource management and finance.

According to an EU press release, the data centre will be a facility ‘of the future’ and will be enhanced by cloud technologies. The centre is expected to be cutting-edge in terms of energy efficiency, flexibility, agility and security.

Developed as part of a plan agreed by Luxembourg’s foreign affairs minister Jean Asselborn, work on the data centre began in February 2015. Asselborn had signed a deal with the European Commission to close down the old Jean Monnet data centre, where asbestos had been detected a year earlier in 2014.

The agreement also set out a progressive consolidation plan for the Commission’s data centre facilities. The strategy will involve migrating more than 30 local data rooms into two professional Tier-4 data centres in Luxembourg.

According to the Commission, the data centre consolidation programme will help to improve the reliability and security of EU information systems and data, while also reducing business continuity risks and saving resources.

Of the data centre inauguration, Oettinger commented: “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.”

NATO is also planning the launch of a Betzdorf-based data centre, originally slated for completion by the end of 2016. The facility will support the organisation’s Support and Procurement Agency’s disaster recovery capability.

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