IT, within IT!
Our in-house IT epitomises high-performance power in the Hanseatic City of Hamburg. This trade article provides an insight into our IPD data centre.
We preach the importance of back-ups, data security and redundancies to our customers – but how does the IT in our own IT systems house stand up to scrutiny? The following article gives you a glimpse behind the scenes. But don’t worry – we won’t bombard you with lots of technical terms!
As at your own company, the hard drives, network cables (glass fibre and copper) and outlets in our data centre are interlinked, to create an IT infrastructure which provides both internal IT and also customer platforms. Within our state-of-the art certified data centre, we operate Skype for Business, Exchange, SharePoint and Office applications for our employees. Our customer platforms for IPD NOW and other instant cloud solutions also run in an excellent, stable and fail-safe way. Both the primary data centre and also the back-up data centre (geo-redundant) are equipped with:
• Power supply (UPS systems, emergency power supply)
• Fire protection (automatic fire extinguishing system with N2 extinguishing gas, fire and smoke flaps)
• Climate control (cooling system, dust protection, air humidity values)
Regular security checks and function tests are standard in the IPD data centre, as are a security area and video monitoring, an intruder alarm system, access control and access logging via PIN.
This was confirmed in an in-house interview with one of our many IT experts, Mr Sven Fast: “The data centre offers exactly what has already been described. More precisely, we permanently monitor our servers and, crucially, all network components for packet runtimes, packet losses, routing protocols, bandwidth utilisation, etc. This encapsulates our IT monitoring. I would also add that I believe it’s good for IP Dynamics to show its commitment to the environment through its use of green electricity!”
Finally, a few hard facts for those who are interested!
IT– Components and Description:
- Quality levels: tier 2+/tier 4 (depending on area in data centre)
Glass fibre connection:
- Separate feed of the glass fibres.
- Carrier handover points in the meet-me-rack.
- Glass fibre type: single or multimode. All glass fibre connector types.
- Glass fibre back-up connection between the data centres, bandwidth 100 Mbit/s.
- The bandwidth can be extended to 1 Gbit/s.
- Connection between network components and servers: net-work cable type Cat.6a (RJ45 connector type).
- Internal cabling between the floors in the data centre: network cable type Cat. 7 (RJ45 connector type).
Server and hard drives:
- Manufacturer Lenovo.
- Data-protection-compliant firewalls (type 1 and 2).
Laptop and telephone at the workstation, IPD data centre in the background – this is how we implement IT projects of all magnitudes, from initial consultation, planning, and acquisition of new hardware and software through to commissioning and support. And via the managed service (24/7, 365 days a year).
Interested? The following standards and certifications apply to our IPD data centre:
- ISO/IEC 27001:2013 “Data centre and all technical services” (certifications)
- Trusted Site Infrastructure TSI V3.2 Level 3 (extended) (certification)
- Electrical installation in accordance with DIN standards and VDE regulations
- BDSG Federal Data Protection Act (data protection and IT security in accordance with the BDSG)
Links and sources: www.iphh.net.
Did you find some of the technical jargon a little tricky after all? If so, go to IP Dynamics Knowledge.