What is a carrier neutral datacentre?

A carrier neutral datacentre connects to any network service provider while staying independent of them. It outsources services to any IT services business or systems integrator, connects and offers services to any customer with no conflict of interest between client and datacentre.

Why am I better off choosing a carrier neutral datacentre?

Carrier neutral datacentres play a similar role to major airport hubs. In the same way as multiple airlines interconnect and offer access to any destination, the carrier neutral datacentre acts as a hub for many carriers and service providers, providing choice and resilience. Such colocation providers can satisfy the needs of a client from a single rack to large requirements, taking prime locations where power is available in abundance both now and in future to offer tailor-made datacentre halls accordingly while offering security and low latency links to and from other global markets.

The trend in the industry has shown that many believe carrier neutral datacentres is the way forward. The issue of carrier neutrality is important because having multiple carriers operating in a single datacentre environment provides firms with not just redundancy but also the flexibility to choose which provider they use. This is indeed why we prefer our carrier neutral model at Ixcellerate. IXcellerate aims to be the most well connected site with unbeatable scalability that grows with market demand. Our customers are provided with focus, flexibility and choice.

What are the current infrastructure and connectivity challenges in Moscow?

There are a number of challenges that firms face when setting up in Moscow. These challenges include navigating the fragmented, unreliable datacentre infrastructure; the lack of scalability within existing colocation facilities; complex and expensive interconnect regimes; complexity around integration of hardware, software and connectivity; and the question of how to satisfy power demands.

What are the key issues for colocation over the next 12 months and how will they be addressed?

In Moscow there is a need for the market to modernise – we expect other strong and professional players to arrive in the market but the key issue is to make international companies aware that there is now a real solution and team in Moscow just like for the datacentres they use in New York, Singapore, London etc.

What are the unique aspects of your Moscow One Datacentre?

IXcellerate has a management team comprised of telecoms and datacentre veterans who bring Western retail datacentre operation experience to the Russian market. We offer quality carrier neutral datacentre services with a pure focus on colocation, being a highly connected site and having high ethical standards with IFC (World Bank) as an investor so as to ensure that our customers mitigate risk relating to non-complying supplier practices.

Why Tier 3+?

TIA-942’s Tier Classification System focuses on the data center’s operation and infrastructure elements. Tier3 adds the concept of Concurrent Maintenance beyond what is available in Tier1 and 2 solutions, which means dual path/isolation devices that make entire systems ‘maintainable’ whilst keeping at least one path live.

The overall master design of the 5000m2 Moscow One Datacentre meets or exceedsthe intent of a Tier 3 infrastructure. In addition, the design allows for the phased development from initial Phase 1 installation up to the completed 5000m2 site in a managed manner, providing redundant equipment and maintainability during all expansion phases.

The IXcellerate management team have over 15 years operating experience of such development expansion in a live data centre. Our founder and associates have been building and operating datacentres in Western markets since 1999. With 15 datacentres already built (IXEurope/Equinix/Teraco) we have some of the best experience in the industry. During this time we have developed an industry-leading design which incorporates TIA942 and latest ASHRAE guidelines resulting in a master design which meets and exceeds TIA Tier3 levels.

How do you service the different needs of a single rack customer or a client taking 100s of kW?

First and foremost, any customer irrespective of however large or small their order is, is important to us. And for each client we try wherever possible to ensure that the solution is tailored exactly to their needs. For a single rack customer we offer a high-touch approach where we can help give advice with setting up in Russia and finding the right partners such as IT suppliers, systems integrators, peering and connectivity. For large requirements we have intentionally taken a 15,000m2 campus enabling us to offer tailor-made datacentre halls according to their requirements.

What innovative technologies are introduced in Moscow One?

Working in extreme temperatures such as Moscow’s brings its own challenges from fuel polishing to variable winterization control for the air condition units. We have a modular build-out of the UPS systems to allow maximum flexibility in terms of growth and directability of power services within the datacentre.

What do you measure in Moscow One, and how is capacity managed?

Our biggest measurement is customer satisfaction. It goes without saying that we monitor 24/7 all critical elements of our systems from power to security to cooling to connectivity. Even at Phase 1 we are already monitoring 75 separate inputs.

We actively manage capacity in order to plan growth both for existing and new customers and regularly review the complete layout for efficient power and cooling by experience space-planners.

What have you done to minimise Moscow One’s impact on the environment under all operating conditions?

Managing power is the key differentiating factor between different DC players — from a client perspective this would mean that if datacentre A manages their power and cooling environment such that for the same given kw you require less cooling and general non-IT power than in data centre B, then the client will opt for data centre B. The key measure for this is the Power Usage Effectiveness so our design ensures that we keep this as low as possible. Using smaller-scale environmental units in Phase 1 and 2 allows us to ramp up power and cooling in bite-size chunks rather than staring the equivalent of a V16 engine for a trip next door. As we move into Phases 3 and 4 our power and cooling reach critical mass and allow us to use larger and more efficient chillers. Doing things this way means we keep PUE down right from day 1.

How will Moscow One accomodate changing IT needs over its life cycle?

With our model as we are only providing the space, power and cooling then the key variable that will change with IT trends is power. Servers are becoming more and more powerful and hence we anticipate to see the need for high density racks increasing and we are in a site where power is available in abundance both now and in future. With our datacentre’s 14 ceiling height we have room for some very innovative solutions as they come online.

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