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TDS to invest more than 10 million euros in new data centre

May 12, 2009

TDS is to build a new data centre in Neuenstadt near Neckarsulm. The foundation stone will be laid for the 3,700 square-metre facility on 12 May 2009. IT equipment will be installed from late 2009, and customer systems are scheduled to go live in mid-March 2010. TDS is ploughing more than 10 million euros into the new facility. During phase 1 of the project, the building, which can be extended if required, will provide space for some 3,500 servers. The project will initially create 15 new jobs in Neuenstadt and additional positions at other TDS sites in Germany.

The new data centre, located approximately 10km from TDS headquarters in Neckarsulm, creates additional resources for IT operations on behalf of both new and existing customers. In light of its growing IT outsourcing business, TDS’ existing data centres are fast reaching their limits. TDS will also be able to provide parent company Fujitsu with additional data-centre capacity. Some of Fujitsu’s customers in Germany and beyond are already using computing power supplied by TDS.

Security, high availability and energy efficiency
Security is a high priority at the new data centre. The building will be equipped with fire-alarm, intrusion-detection and biometric access control systems. The facility will be linked to the company’s existing data centres, ensuring continuity of service, even in the event of a disaster. On completion, it will be certified by independent bodies to the highest possible security standards (e.g. to Uptime Institute’s international Tier III standard and TüVIT Level 4 from TÜV Informationstechnik, a German-based certification body for IT systems, products and processes). TDS’ other data centres have already gained corresponding certification.

To reduce power consumption, the facility will not only deploy cutting-edge IT technology, but also the latest cooling and air-conditioning systems. For example, outside air will be used for indirect free cooling, increasing energy efficiency.

Services delivered from Germany
“Our mid-sized customers prefer to outsource to partners located in Germany. With our new data centre, we are strengthening our position as a German-based provider, and opening up new avenues to growth,” explains Konrad Meier, the executive board member responsible for TDS’ IT outsourcing business. Moreover, TDS’ highly competitive data centres in Germany offer greater opportunities in terms of cross-border IT projects: “Some of Fujitsu’s major international customers will make use of the additional capacity available in and around Neckarsulm, which will help secure jobs in Germany”, adds Dr. Heiner Diefenbach, CEO of TDS.

New jobs at TDS
TDS is not only expanding in terms of infrastructure, it is also creating new jobs. At the new data centre alone, around 15 staff will be needed in phase one of the facility’s development. And to support further growth, the company is seeking additional staff for IT, sales and administration. For further details of vacancies at TDS, visit www.tds.de/karriere (German version only).

About TDS AG

TDS offers IT outsourcing, IT consulting and HR services to mid-sized enterprises and major corporations. The company, founded in 1975, operates predominantly in the German, Austrian and Swiss markets. TDS offers highly tailored solutions in all areas of IT outsourcing – from selected applications to entire IT infrastructures, and with an emphasis on the SAP space. The IT consulting segment provides advice on SAP and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems. As a long-standing SAP expert, TDS has in-depth knowledge of the SAP portfolio. The HR services and solutions segment enables companies to outsource individual HR tasks or entire HR processes. TDS handles over 750,000 payroll transactions every month, making it Germany's market leader. Furthermore, companies deploying TDS Personal HR software handle a million payroll transactions. TDS also develops and markets software solutions for financial accounting and not-for-profit organizations, in particular charities, church institutions and local-government agencies. Currently, TDS employs more than 1,000 staff, and in 2007 posted revenues of approximately 106 million euros. In early 2007, TDS was acquired by Fujitsu, one of the world’s four largest providers of IT services. Fujitsu’s portfolio includes software and hardware solutions, as well as diverse services for a wide range of industries and applications. Fujitsu posted revenues of approx. 33 billion euros in fiscal 2007/08, and has a workforce of over 160,000 staff in 70 countries.

Contact

Michael Erhard
Phone Phone:+ 89 – 21 90 92 - 120
Fax:+ 89 – 21 90 92 - 693
Email E-mail: michael.erhard@tds.de
Company:TDS AG
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