Cherkizovo Group and Jet Infosystems launch an innovative datacenter


Moscow. Cherkizovo Group and Jet Infosystems have launched a datacenter based on Contain-RZ modular architecture. The datacenter complies with the TIA-942 international standard, has a tier 2 reliability and guarantees 99.742% uptime. It occupies a floor area of 200 square meters.

The datacenter has 32 heavy-duty racks that host the core of the corporate network and server platforms for principal business applications (SAP, 1C, CSB, corporate mail and others).

Due to its modular architecture the facility was ready in a mere 10 months’ time as compared to about 15 months usually needed for corporate-level datacenters.

“Our IT strategy aims at developing a reliable high-tech landscape for the growing business, consolidation of computing resources, reduction in operation costs, high fault tolerance and centralization of IT administration. This is why getting a new datacenter was a matter of high priority, – comments Vladislav Belyaev, IT director at Cherkizovo Group. – Due to this project we now have a modern corporate facility that can easily handle tasks associated with increasing output and expanding production capacity. Moreover, due to its modular structure the datacenter can be readily moved elsewhere if needed.”

The site allocated for the datacenter is situated in the courtyard of the Cherkizovo meat processing plant in Moscow. This choice called for using a modular design and involved some demanding requirements to the construction schedule, logistics and hardware.

At the first stage the site was prepared for construction and the foundation was built. Power supply lines (from two independent sources), communications cables and water works were laid to supply the site. Jet Infosystems staff prepared project documentation used by Contain-RZ engineers to configure the modules according to Cherkizovo Group performance and reliability criteria.

After that the modular structure was mounted on the prepared site. Server rooms were constructed to reliably protect the hardware from the effects of electricity, temperature, weather and mechanical impact.

The second stage involved the design and turnkey construction of engineering subsystems for uninterrupted power supply (for at least 15 minutes of operation), ventilation and air-conditioning, gas fire extinguishing, access control, video monitoring, and structured cabling. Most subsystems are at least N+1 redundant for reliability. In case of power outages the datacenter is automatically switched to a diesel generator that can operate for 8 hours without extra fuel.

“I would like to note that this project is based on state-of-the art technologies, - says Sergey Andronov, director of the Network Solutions Center ay Jet Infosystems. – The modular approach made it possible to deploy the facility with the required capacity in a rather  limited area, in particular, due to placing the air conditioning system under the elevated floor, which increased the space available for the datacenter by almost 30%”.

Datacenter subsystems are connected to engineering systems of all buildings of the plant and with a complex system that monitors temperature, the workload on key hardware and so on. Once a permitted limit is reached, the system promptly advises the administrator; its interface can be used for remote control of engineering systems.

Cherkizovo Group (LSE:CHE) is the largest meat processor in Russia and one of the top three poultry and pork producers. The company is also Russia’s largest producer of fodder. The Group has 8 full cycle poultry production facilities, with a total capacity of 550,000 tons live weight a year. In 2013, Cherkizovo produced more than half a million tons of meat and processed meat products.

Due to its vertically integrated structure, which includes agricultural land, grain storage facilities, feed production, livestock breeding and slaughtering as well as meat processing and an integrated distribution system, Cherkizovo has shown a sustainable growth in revenue and profit. In 2012, Cherkizovo’s GAAP consolidated revenue increased by 7% to USD 1,581.7 million, and net profit reached USD 225.2 millions.

Over the last five years alone, Cherkizovo has invested more than USD 1 billion in Russian agriculture.