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Cloud services wich resist the nature

On the occasion of Internet Day on 17 May, acens, provider of Cloud Hosting, Housing and telecommunications solutions for the enterprise market, delves into the heart of the network through an interactive infographic practice that allows better understand the operation of a data center and the world of cloud services.

Although there has been talk of the cloud and cloud services for some time, the fact is that there is still much ignorance about what is and how it works.  In fact, according to Eurostat, 42% of European companies do not use cloud services because they do not have enough knowledge about its functioning.

Before getting into the heart of the Internet, it should have a reference to the figures, trivia and dimensions of the data center acens:

With an area of over 6,000 square meters, if the data center is deployed in a single plant would fill the entire surface of the Plaza Mayor in Salamanca.

In the data center servers 6500 which together add up to a weight of more than 125,000 kilos stay, i.e. the same as sixteen adult elephants.

285,000 domains staying outnumber the inhabitants of cities such as Vitoria, A Coruña, San Sebastian, Granada and Burgos.

The data center offers a storage capacity of 2 Peta bytes, enough to hold all the information stored in the memory of 1,600 people (2), or to archive up to 30 years of hours of HD video space.

If you join on the same line all fiber optic cabling, wiring, electrical connection and network connection (copper UTP) that currently connect all our cloud services, we would have a cable about 500 kilometers, i.e. air distance between Madrid and Lisbon.

As a whole, the design and security measures the data center are designed for the Internet heart stops beating and not to guarantee service availability to the unexpected. We review the 10 secrets for a Data Center resist the phenomena of nature:

Power supply: the data center has three different pipes power to prevent any court, and unlikely event that should occur there is a generator of three units coupled in parallel 2,000 kva each, capable of generating electricity through an internal combustion engine that ensures supply up to 72 hours. Additionally, uninterruptible power systems (UPS) ensures that there is always electricity, enabling high availability of servers hosting.

Defenses against fire prevention measures and rapid fire extinction are meticulously studied. Thus, RF is available fireproof doors (double in high risk areas), on each floor there are smoke detectors in room and an independent system of early detection by aspiration. All complemented by acoustic indicators and alarm buttons with smoke sensors and particle analyzers, plus an automatic fire extinguishing system with argon gas output (respirable agent no environmental impact).

24x7x365 Monitoring: To ensure operability and as a preventive control, the operations center (NOC) by a large videowall, own and client computers are monitored, acting highly qualified personnel in case of alarm or incident (24x7x365). In addition, the building management system (BMS) centralizes all data on the situation and the state of the infrastructure of the building and receives and processes any alarms.

Thunderstorms: The Faraday cage on the roof protects electronic equipment by providing “invisibility” before ray lightning storms (electric shocks are not attracted to this cage), while inside the building loads are avoided static electricity by high technical ground, allowing ground clearance of 45 cm and supports up to 1,500 kg / m² load with support columns grounded in its entirety.

Redundant systems optimized spaces: the design of the data center provides for the optimization of both physical spaces (the racks equipment allows a high density of equipment per unit area) as through virtualization, in addition to the deployment of redundant systems with a capacity of several TB, implementing RAID 4 to prevent data loss in the event of physical disk failure, which facilitates performing backup (snapshots, tape …) and recovery of the stored data immediately.

Physical security: there is a closed circuit television (CCTV) with fixed and dirigibles (Domos) at all points of exteriors and interiors for digital video recording step circuit cameras. They have also been deployed detectors and proximity to control access of people.

biometric controls: The data center areas have no direct access to the outside. The entry point to the building is unique with lathes and access cards to monitor the entry and exit of personnel and material. In addition, a biometric reader to enter restricted areas

Vault Room: This is a reinforced and more stringent measures for the storage of highly confidential or sensitive material security cabin. In addition, here compatible with fireproof cabinets are located storing magnetic data carrier.

Microclimate guaranteed: the heat given off by the equipment obliges create a microclimate within the data center to ensure proper operation of equipment. In this way a self-contained air conditioning continuously monitors the temperature and humidity levels.

At full speed: the backbone of acens is a multiservice network based on innovative technologies with IP Multicast, BGP4 and MPLS protocols. It has also deployed a fiber optic ring 10Gbps offering additional guarantees service availability options, more efficient backup, instant recovery in case of possible falls and great flexibility in design, configuration and service contracts as.

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