Bull consolidates its position as a major outsourcing player in Europe, with massive investment and new certifications
Bull Group invests heavily in new Data Centers and at the same time achieves two key certifications, reflecting the high quality of its expertise
- A new virtual space extending to almost 3,000 m2, which puts intelligent energy management at the heart of Bull's outsourcing facilities
- With this investment, Bull is further strengthening one of the Group's strategic businesses
- Bull is now one of the very few European outsourcing suppliers who is both a 'SAP Certified Provider of Hosting Services' and ISO 27001 certified: reflecting the maturity of its outsourcing expertise
24, 2010 -
As one of the leading suppliers of outsourcing services in France, Bull is further enhancing its expertise by investing in new Data Centers on a pan-European scale. The key to this move is an approach that combines flexibility, performance and carbon footprint optimization. In addition, the awarding of two new certifications recognizes the Group's commitment to constantly improve its service quality and security.
'Latest-generation' Data Center provides a new virtual space for Bull
Bull is establishing a new Data Center on the outskirts of Paris, at Les Clayes-sous-Bois (in the département of Yvelines), to support its continued growth and industrial-scale outsourcing strategy. This massive investment is split into two phases: the modernization of an existing site, with the inclusion of a further 700m2 (over 7,500 square foot) of floor space from May 2010 onwards; and the subsequent extension of the Center by a further 2,000m2 (three suites of 700 m2 each) in 2011.
This latest site will create a new virtual space for Bull, given that all the Group's outsourcing facilities at Trélazé (near Angers), Saint-Ouen and Nantes, which hosts the international help desk) are connected by a high-speed dark fiber network. The key advantage of this network is that it provides both synchronous and asynchronous data replication. In parallel, the dual site/dual building structure of the Group's main Data Center at Trélazé, near Angers, already offers this two-level security approach.
The new Data Center further enhances Bull's already comprehensive facilities. In 2009 the Group opened an additional 500m2 computer suite at its main Center, at Trélazé (near Angers), which was specifically designed to incorporate innovative energy management technologies (free cooling, cold corridors, the latest UPSs, real-time energy control...), in readiness to host high-density systems.
Intelligent energy management at the heart of Bull's facilities
When it comes to Data Centers, the Group delivers a range of solutions to its public and private sector customers that combine flexibility, performance and optimum carbon footprint.
To achieve this, Bull uses state-of-the-art energy management technologies in the design of its new computer suites, in response to the fundamental challenge of high-density computing. In particular:
An energy recuperation system is used to heat the offices at the site
The computer suites themselves feature 'cold door' technology developed by Bull: this water-based cooling system means that unprecedented levels of density can be achieved, in the order of 40KW per rack
A high-performance cooling system, featuring the very latest developments on the market, results in an operating range with exterior temperatures of up to 40°C
The tools used to monitor electricity consumption are also the most advanced available.
A whole new response to market demands
With this latest investment, Bull is providing the most appropriate response to growing market needs over the next five years for ultra high density, availability, data security, and service continuity. Taken together, all its sites are capable of dissipating between 1.5 and 2.2kW/m2 on average (excluding specific environments).
The main site at Trélazé (near Angers) meets the requirements of large-scale business management systems, most notably the growing trend to outsource infrastructures relating to information systems transformation projects. To achieve this, it offers a full range of industrial capabilities and skills to host and operate very large mission-critical business applications, especially for the public sector.
The new computer suites being established near Paris will be focused more specifically on high-density computing (especially High-Performance Computing and HPC-on-demand servers that have already been successfully deployed in banking and industry), Cloud computing services and hosting of business-critical Web servers, with local services available 24x7.
Jean-Pierre Barbéris, General Manager of Bull France and Bull Services & Solutions explains Bull's approach: "When it comes to outsourcing, our philosophy can be summed up in just three words: innovation, industrialization and international. They reflect a pragmatic and creative approach, aimed at giving our customers all the security of innovative, bespoke solutions."
Two new certifications prove the quality of Bull's expertise
As a long-term SAP partner, Bull has achieved the status of 'SAP Certified Provider of Hosting Services' for the third consecutive time, and for the first time to 'Advanced Level'. This is additional proof of the Group's ability to operate SAP technical environments to the level demanded by SAP AG, in terms of service quality and customer satisfaction, providing all the necessary technical facilities including expertise and resources, security, service continuity, processes and organization, data security, support and project management.
In addition, Bull has achieved ISO 27001 certification for all its outsourcing activities in France (hosting, systems administration, and the supervision and operation of IT infrastructures, systems, networks and applications). The only internationally-recognized IT security standard, this certification reflects the Group's ability to deploy a complete information security management system, with a guarantee to effectively protect the outsourcer's information and that of its customers.
In both cases, Bull is one of only a small group of outsourcing suppliers in France to achieve these certifications.
Jérôme Belley, Director of Bull France's Outsourcing business, comments: "Achieving these two certifications is a formal recognition of the dynamism and quality of our outsourcing expertise. Striving for excellence - so we can offer our customers the best levels of service, integrity and auditability - is a key priority for the Group"
Consolidating a strategic business for Bull
With a growth rate of 10% in 2008 - well ahead of the market as a whole - Bull has firmly positioned itself as a major outsourcing player in France and Europe. The Group's resolutely flexible and tailored outsourcing offerings cover the whole range from Web hosting, high-density hosting and ERP outsourcing to operating mission-critical business applications, providing support and much more. To deliver these services the Group - as both an architect of complex infrastructures, and a designer of and contributor to leading-edge technologies - can call on its multi-disciplinary teams of experts.
Bull is continually investing in outsourcing, one of its strategic business areas, to ensure that it has the most appropriate resources, infrastructures, methods and service levels to meet its customers' needs: meeting the most demanding standards (including ISO 27001, ISO 9001V2008, the European Code of Conduct...), recovering heat and energy from its computer suites, and adopting best practice and training its people to ensure that they are constantly at the leading edge in terms of technologies.
Bull's outsourcing expertise covers France, the UK (most notably through the joint-venture Data Center created with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council), Benelux (where the Group's Dutch subsidiary recently won a major outsourcing contract with PaperlinX) and the USA.
Bull is the trusted partner for enterprise data. The Group, which is firmly established in the Cloud and in Big Data, integrates and manages high-performance systems and end-to-end security solutions. Bull's offerings enable its customers to process all the data at their disposal, creating new types of demand. Bull converts data into value for organisations in a completely secure manner.
Bull currently employs around 9,200 people across more than 50 countries, with over 700 staff totally focused on R&D. In 2013, Bull recorded revenues of 1.3 billion.
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