The EDEKA group of companies in Northern Bavaria-Saxony-Thuringia, based in Rottendorf, is one of seven regional companies in the cooperatively organized EDEKA group. Around 1,000 stores, mostly operated by independent EDEKA merchants in northern Bavaria, northern Baden-Württemberg, Saxony and Thuringia, are supplied with everyday food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy products, ultra-fresh convenience, meat and sausage items from our own production as well with an extensive range of dry and non-food products. The group turnover in 2015 was around 3.0 billion euros. Together with the independent retail business, the EDEKA group of companies employs over 25,000 people and around 1,000 trainees in the region.
However, EDEKA South West was founded on January 24, 1927 and is based in Offenburg today, making it the second largest of seven EDEKA regional companies in Germany. Their sales area extends over the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland as well as the southern part of Hesse and adjacent parts of Bavaria. With around 1,350 stores, EDEKA Südwest is present across the board in its business area. Five logistics companies in Balingen, Ellhofen, Heddesheim, Offenburg and St. Ingbert guarantee short and therefore environmentally friendly transport routes. With external group sales of 8.2 billion euros (2015) and over 43,500 employees as well as 3,000 trainees in 25 apprenticeships and nine courses (all information including independent retail), EDEKA South West is one of the largest employers and trainers in the region.
The location of the IT was no longer secure enough for the two regional companies at the former locations and, from a technical point of view, was no longer state-of-the-art. Therefore, it was decided in 2014 to look for new and safe locations for a new data center. In order to safely accommodate their IT, EDEKA wanted to build 2 identical data centers in Würzburg, which would offer each other additional redundancy. An important criterion for the certification of the data centers was that the distance between the two locations could not be too big or too small. After an intensive search, EDEKA found two suitable properties in the Würzburg area. In addition to the device redundancy required by the TüV Hessen certification, this also resulted in a further complete redundancy in the form of building, technology and computer world. Then an intensive planning phase began in the building structure, technical services and a security level was determined.
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