New micro data center for Hörter Tonwarenfabrik

Successful fusion of tradition and innovation
References | 20.05.2022

The family-owned business Hörter Tonwarenfabrik, located in Ransbach-Baumbach, has been manufacturing high-quality plant ceramics. Major customers from all over the globe trust in the ceramic's constant Made in Germany quality. Sustainability is an important topic to the company, and it is an integral part of the daily business. Thus, they were looking for a company with the same philosophy for the realization of a sustainable IT infrastructure as the aging server structure was to be replaced by a future-proof and fail-safe infrastructure that could cope with the company's growth and innovative development.
The Hörter Tonwarenfabrik moves with the times. Tradition and innovation go hand in hand in the company. The high demands of major customers are implemented through the constant optimization of manufacturing facilities and production processes, as well as the commitment of all employees. "The experience and lifeblood of generations is in every single planter that leaves our production," emphasizes IT manager Daniel Stendebach. He has been with the company for 25 years and has been involved in the development of the IT infrastructure from the very beginning. The company grew constantly to more than 200 employees and with this development, the requirements in this area also grew.

In the age of digitization, the priority of the IT infrastructure of the family-owned company from the Westerwald region increased and thus the importance of the data to be protected. This includes internal company data as well as customer data, but also, for example, product data from the design and manufacturing area. In addition to topics such as backup, firewall and data availability, air conditioning, fire protection, physical access protection and the sustainability aspect play an increasingly important role in reliably protecting the ever-increasing data amount.

"We required to adjust our digital infrastructure and for this reason we were looking for a future-proof solution to fulfill the regulations regarding IT security, data and fire protection', reports the IT manager during the conversation with the DC MAG editorial. "After we found the Data Center Group via online research everything happened very fast. The micro data center solution, the DC ITSafe and the professional consulting convinced us right away. As a family-owned company with tradition and values we attach great importance to find both in the cooperation with other service providers. This was the case during the cooperation with DCG", emphasizes Stendebach.

As the new location for the server was quite accessible, we were not forced to consider any larger special features for the planning and during the installation. It took only a few weeks from the first meeting up to the realization. "The whole process went very smooth" summarizes the satisfied IT manager. "The cooperation with DCG was very professional and we were at eye level at any time. That's why we also asked Data Center Services (service business unit of DCG) to take care of the maintenance, one package for all services. And in the end, everything just fit. We will definitely recommend Data Center Group to other companies."

Facts and figures
•    DC ITSafe 62 height units
•    Redundant rack inverter cooling system 2 x 1.6 – 4.5 kW
•    19" UPS 6kVA / 6 kW with degassing function for the DC ITSafe
•    Automatic rack fire protection and fire distinguishing system NOVEC 1230
•    Construction time: 5 working days

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