Non Stop Systems chooses the StarDC datacenter to host its platform CloudStar

The system integrator Non Stop Systems specializes in cloud and high availability systems.

Under the nu@ge project, they developed a hosting platform IaaS, to provide to their customers their own cloud infrastructure.

The first platform was commissioned in June 2014. Since, it is operational without a single interruption. Non Stop Systems chose StarDC datacenter to host Celeste CloudStar.

Marc TRIBOULET, President of Non Stop Systems, said « We needed a capacity of 20 kVA for our hyper converged solution with unlimited access to our platform. Furthermore, we wanted to supervise H24 operational conditions and physically control access to our facilities. In our tests, we have interconnected the supervision of StarDC with our own control systems. CloudStar StarDC form and a hosting solution for high quality cloud. We take customers regularly to visit our platform in the StarDC. The level of finishing and the quality of service impress and allow us to enhance our solution.  »

Non Stop Systems markets its platform with the Star Cloud StarDC to its customers businesses and communities. Triboulet Marc adds « the future of Cloud, is also in a distributed architecture. I am convinced that much of the future of cloud infrastructure will be distributed in many centers as the StarDC around the world.  »

The StarDC is an all-in-one turnkey datacenter, operational in just 5 days. Its capacity is 4 racks, or 168 servers with available power of 20 kVA.

All critical components are redundant (power and cooling). The StarDC uses the principle of free cooling and optimizes the flow of air flow by partitioning the cold aisle and hot, which eliminates the need of conventional chilled water and significantly reduce operating costs circuits . The StarDC is also equipped with anti-fire system, access control, video surveillance cameras and optical fiber arrays. Ecological and economical, its PUE is 1.25.

Companies, why not have your own data center?

At a time of cloud development, many companies are reluctant to take the step of outsourcing their data for reasons of proximity and security of the data center. How to combine high availability, high density and proximity?
CELESTE proposes to change the paradigms of this approach by launching a new offer: the StarDC, high-density and ecological mini-data center for business.
With the Marilyn Datacenter near Paris in France, CELESTE and ENIA architects have created the next generation data center. Ecological, high-density and high-availability, this vertical center has proven itself in 3 years of operation. Marilyn is an urban data center. However remained to meet a strong demand: that of the small regional data center, the easily installable package within the company, in France or abroad.

CELESTE, recognized business in the world of IT hosting and its partner ENIA architects have extended their research in this direction. In collaboration with Critical Building Consultants, StarDC was born from this need. This mini-datacenter of 4 racks combines the advantages of a functioning ecological high-density and professional operation without requiring heavy investment. It also responds to the risk of premature obsolescence of data centers usually built.
A containerized turnkey high density data center

Turnkey ready in an estimated period of four months, the data center with a capacity of 168 servers takes no more space than a parking space. Designed according to the principles of TIER III, it is also seen as a sustainable and modular solution. Indeed, total capacity can be quadrupled without impairing its performance. With a power of 20 kVA, it has two corrugated and redundant electrical pathways. Thanks to this system, the StarDC can operate independently for 20 minutes. Or more with the electrical panel enabling emergency mode for enterprises with an optional generator.

An ecological and economical cooling

This new patent ENIA/ CELESTE like its big brother does not use the water-based cooling. Indeed, the design of the container reinforces its cooling capabilities by ambient air. Four cooling modes are considered: free cooling, air conditioning, heating and mixed air. For this purpose, air handling and conditioning units are integrated in StarDC.

Operation and a customized operating

All the features of a new generation datacenter are integrated into the design of the container:

  •      Connectivity Fibre Optics – with two bays dedicated to Fiber
  •      Redundancy of all equipment
  •      24/7 real-time supervision
  •      Access control
  •      Video surveillance
  •      Fire detection and sprinkler

Depending on their IT staff preferences, companies can then make the choice to delegate the operation and maintenance of their data center teams to CELESTE.
The starDC is positioned as an innovative offer with a very competitive pricing compared to current offers.

MARILYN is part of the CELESTE group.

To assess the safety of a datacenter

The security of a data center, it is the security of your data or those of your clients. Do not be fooled by security pretexts, often marketing elsewhere, to avoid questions about the real conditions of operation and maintenance of the sites of your hosting provider.
Data centers are the factories of modern times. They host Internet: websites, emails, data and photos of the individuals; but enterprise data. At a time of centralization of IT and cloud computing, they become the digital economy keystone. A failure of a data center, and thousands of people can be private network, telephone, emails or data.
However, we do not know well their safety. Often under the pretext of confidentiality, some data center operators communicating little information on their thermal architecture, electric, and the failures encountered. This communication is rather made by users who have to suffer an outage. There is no standard defining the security of a data center.
Criteria based on the data center architecture allows a private organization, the Uptime Institute, classifying data centers. They are categorized as « Tier I » to « Tier IV ». However, these categories are often used wrongly and without control by the designers of data centers. In addition, they do not take into account new data center configurations and operating processes.
In order to know the security of its data center, here are some basic questions that it seems useful to ask his host:
Thermal security is often the most neglected element, and it is the cause of many failures. For a 1 MW data center computing power, if the cooling system does not work, it’s 1 MW of heat that builds up and raises the temperature room. How are cooled machines? Is it through a chilled water circulation system in a raised floor? Is ice water directly into the machines? Is the recycled air conditioning? The cooling by the ambient air? What are the outdoor temperature ranges for which the system is designed? What is happening in the case of water leakage if water is used?
It is necessary to check the fault tolerance of the cooling system. Is the network doubled? Are cold production units redundant?
Electrical safety must be examined from the high voltage to computer servers. How many high-voltage power sources does your data center have? high-voltage cables they are lined on two different courses? A fire hazard exists on the high-voltage transformers: are protected against fire? Are they dubbed? Many data centers have only one general low voltage: is it the case of yours? Are computer rooms protected electrical brownouts; that is to say, does the inverters are used constantly? What are the procedures for maintenance and servicing of energy storage systems such as batteries? How are sized generators? Can they help the entire data center or just the power of computing? What is the available fuel reserve?
At electric windows, how many are distributed power sources? Is it different phases of the same channel, which does not represent a security; or channels produced by separate inverters? Are the computer servers connected to two separate sources?
Fiber optic networks in data centers must also be secure. How much fiber optics supply systems are present? Optical fiber paths are they disjoint from beginning to end: on the street and in the building? Operator points of presence to customers berries?
Other security features can be examined: access control, video surveillance, fire detection, sprinkler. A key element is the presence of personnel on site: security agents, maintenance personnel but also, optical fiber welders, technicians and network systems. Put into production procedures, maintenance, service, penalty must be clearly defined and enforced. For guidance on the quality of the operation, a visit is useful: the site must be clean and empty boxes should not be in theaters. The access doors to the rooms and windows must be closed, well ordered and labeled wiring. The rooms, technical and local bays shall be clearly marked.
One can never be certain that an incident will not occur in a data center. However it is quite essential to be very demanding vis-à-vis its host in terms of security, availability and operating conditions. Safety is not to be walled up in underground and hide behind professional secrecy. Security is above all a question of means and processes but also clear and transparent communication with its clients


Datacenter – MARILYN Launches Private Ecological Hosting Suites

CELESTE continues its revolution through its cloud offerings MARILYN datacenter. In addition to its offerings of high density racks, the operator launches a new range of ecological and private suites. This offer meets the demand of businesses whose hosting needs are exploding with the development of cloud computing research and rationalization of energy expenditure.

To recap, the datacenter of CELESTE, MARILYN, is an innovative computer center whose main features are: high-availability, high-density and environmentally friendly. Indeed, thanks to its cooling mode free cooling internationally patented, MARILYN took advantage of a mode of economic operation to invest in a redundant infrastructure and high-density.Tthe electrical system is fully lined to the customer racks and densities reach 15 kVA per rack without any chilled water circuit.

Positioned on the niche of innovation in the field of accommodation in the datacenter, MARILYN launches the ecological private suite. This offer is based on the provision of a series of 10 racks or 410 U available with an electrical capacity that can vary between 25 and 100 kVA. This offer is based on a rationalization of energy consumption. Indeed, the measurement system allows the energy billing based on actual consumption. Second, it allows administrators to monitor the consumption and shut down unused servers to save money. Thus, the actors have incentives to limit their consumption according to their needs: they have a high power and low ecological footprint.
To make this system effective and help the management MARILYN enables monitoring the consumption in real time on the Client Portal. This monitoring is coupled to an alerting system for the clients administrators.

This offer is designed to meet the challenges of cloud computing, requiring servers and high-density infrastructure. But it is also part of the concern of the operator to revolutionize the world of green hosting with immediate concrete practices. This is why the price of ecological private suite is very attractive: billing is based on measured consumption, allowing companies that make efforts on their consumption to obtain significant savings.