Telekom to build Germany's largest data centre

Deutsche Telekom said it is going to construct a whopping 24,000 square metre data centre near the German town of Magdeburg, located in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt. Plans are to complete the high-security data centre by 2015. A first section is set to be finished in 2012 and will offer 9,000 square metres of space for servers. Deutsche Telekom also claims the first section will create around 70 new jobs.

The federal state of Saxony-Anhalt is supporting construction with subsidies “in the double-digit million range”. Minister of economics Dr. Reiner Haseloff, whose family name sounds close to “Hasselhoff” but unfortunately is no relation to Baywatch’s Mitch Buchannon, stated Saxony-Anhalt had “been holding intensive negotiations with T-Systems about the site since the end of 2009”. He’s oh-so delighted the Telekom subsidiary decided to build it in his state. Subsidies in the two-digit millions probably were a nice incentive, too. 

Deutsche Telekom’s CEO René Obermann claimed the new data centre is being built to “expand our cloud computing capacity.” He went on to say that “Germany offers an important locational advantage to our customers, including our international business customers: It has a particularly secure legal framework in terms of data privacy.”

“Cloud computing is a growth driver: When intelligence moves to the network, customers purchase and pay for ICT solutions on a flexible basis as required. At present, customers are primarily large corporations, but an increasing number of smaller firms and consumers will benefit from cloud computing in the long term,” said Telekom CEO René Obermann. “Consequently, we are gradually ” said Obermann.

T-Systems has around 45.300 employees wordwide and is a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom delivering information and communication technology services to business and the public sectors. Last year, the unit had revenues close to 8.8 billion euro.