A New European Data Center (Pionen Data Center) Available!

Several months ago, we were happy to announce the expansion of our data center network by contracting facilities in a top-class European Data Center. Due to the huge popularity that the UK Data Center, located in Maidenhead, Berkshire, gained over the following months, we decided to open our doors to another renowned European Data Center, so as to better match the growing web hosting demands of our customer from all around Europe.

In result, we are today proud to announce the addition of another data center option to our, respectively your, offerings.  So here it is – the new Data Center in Sweden is ready to make you even more competitive on the lucrative Scandinavian market! Usually, when starting to use the services of a new data center is associated with possible problems, however we have worked for several months to prepare for this release, eliminating all glitches and ensuring that all servers located there match our high criteria for speed, stability and performance.

Here are some interesting facts about the new data center :

  • It used to be a Nuclear Bunker. That’s right, it was built during the Cold War to serve as a military bunker and a fallout shelter.
  • It can survive a hydrogen bomb hit – being designed as a fallout shelter, it can withstand the near hit of a hydrogen bomb. Just for your knowledge, a hydrogen bomb can have a destructive power of more than 50 megatons (50 million tons of TNT), while the most of the nuclear bombs are in the 10 megaton range.
  • Backup power is handled by two Maybach MTU diesel engines producing 1.5 Megawatt of power. The engines were originally designed for submarines, and just for fun the people at Pionen have also installed the warning system (sound horns) from the original German submarine.
  • The facility is inside a solid bedrock (granite) cave, 30 meters (100 feet) below the city of Stockholm, Sweden’s capital.
  • It houses the Network Operations Center for one of Sweden’s biggest ISP – Bahnhof.
  • The network has full redundancy with both fiber optics and extra copper lines with three different physical ways into the mountain. It’s one the best-connected places in northern Europe.
  • For a pleasant working environment the data center has simulated daylight, greenhouses, waterfalls and a huge 2600-liter salt water fish tank.

Here are some pictures that further illustrate the Swedish data center’s striking characteristics:

The submarine engines used for backup powerThe submarine engines used for backup power

View from the conference room (its floor is the surface of the Moon) and power equipmentsView from the conference room (its floor is the surface of the Moon) and power equipments

Artificial waterfalls and plenty of green plants adorn the halls.Artificial waterfalls and plenty of green plants adorn the halls.

The NOC is set in a cozy jungle setting.The NOC is set in a cozy jungle setting.

he space-themed conference room is suspended about the server hall.he space-themed conference room is suspended about the server hall.

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