First Colo GmbH operates as a supplier of IT infrastructure high availability data processing centers on servers located in Germany and Europe. From the very beginning at the Frankfurt am Main location, additional expansions were included in the plans for the initial data center facilities. The construction however would actually need to be performed at a much later date. The expansion at the time however had become urgent and necessary because First Colo was heading towards 100% capacity. The new data center came about in around 8 months of planning time and 3 months of implementation time, including the new and necessary electricity supply technology. Server facilities were tripled and office space was doubled during this period. Thus, First Colo once again invested millions into the Frankfurt am Main location, not including the information and network technologies. The industry-specific integration of general businesses was however consciously waived, in order to be able to make use of the best available technology in all aspects of the expansion.
The procedure also corresponds to the business philosophy, in that one persuades their existing and new customers with manufacturer independent product consultation.
With the new construction, First Colo orients itself around its proven "green IT ecological strategy". Through the implementation of highly efficient climate technology, significantly less energy is required to cool the IT equipment. "We will save 1 million euros in electricity costs over the next ten years according to the status-quo-calculations,"
The connection to their own data network takes place over an optical fiber infrastructure with multiple redundant services from a level of performance of up to 100 gigabytes of data throughput volume. "We also have the bandwidth for large reserves in the future," explained First Colo's executive director Jerome Evans, "in this way we can offer our commercial customers scalable and data intensive services." As a supplier of data processing centers, First Colo marketed transmission capacities and implemented with partners, the expansion of their own fiber optic network in order to offer high performance data connections for IT businesses and high value internet connections for commercial customers. The high speed network, which connects the new establishment with other First Colo data processing centers, makes cost effective access possible with low latency periods that are necessary in order to provide efficient and redundantly interpreted CDN, highly available, and fail safe concepts. The entire width of the First Colo backbone was extended in the mean time to 250 Gbit/s and is continuously growing.
In addition to the regular 42 HE racks, supplementary ½ racks (20 HE) as well as ¼ racks (10 HE) were offered in the space in the form of Colo boxes. These are available over separated cable routing and offer a high degree of security.
In addition to this, measures were integrated into the system, which are above industry standards including a so-called early fire detection system that works through continuous particulate measurement. However, the three fold availability of all currently required resources (connections, routers, network switchboards etc.) have always belonged to the First Colo concept so that capacity shortages can be prevented and the customer's needs can be immediately implemented. In new data processing centers, a lot of value was placed during the planning on the appropriate growth of the commercial customer's IT infrastructure. First Colo therefore always has sufficient space to be able to take on many business customers with company specific IT technology, and to offer IT outsourcing for companies. This is because of the high security requirements, e.g. critical IT infrastructures, which are especially interesting for providers because First Colo also has completely connected fiber optic communication to the interruption free power supply (USV). The company's data processing centers stand out without exception through, among other things, their high security standards in their protection against dust, fires, break-ins, or power outages. In the case of a power outage, the power supply can be self sufficiently maintained without interruption for many days. Such high data processing center standards would not be implemented with "in house" company IT solutions.
There is already enough to celebrate. However, the official opening ceremony with invited guests will take place at a later date, because important customer needs must first be attended to and met. A couple of First Colo's existing customers will use the new data processing center capacities in the coming weeks as an opportunity to house their servers, which are scattered across Germany, successively in one location, in order to use the Frankfurter redundancy concept with two separate fire compartments. Tailor made IT and communication solutions still need to be partially developed and implemented for this. As always, the customers will receive a comprehensive service package from one source: consulting, conception, development, integration, and individual service arrangements or maintenance arrangements.
Until 27/06/2014 the product and service portfolio’s cost effective special conditions from First Colo will accompany the opening phase of the new data processing center.
About the company.
First Colo operates as an IT infrastructure supplier high availability data processing center with the core specialties in rack housing, server hosting, managed services, and DDoS-protection, at German and European locations. Since last year, First Colo is one of the 50 technology companies in Germany with the quickest growth. The company offers colocation, connectivity, and management services for the middle sized and larger customers. With high quality demands, know-how and manufacturer independent consulting, First Colo has already persuaded multiple industries, especially those with high data traffic volume and above average demands for service quality and IT security.