The exponential growth of IT power (represented by Moore’s law), storage capacity (Kryder’s law), data transmission (e.g. Butter’s law), and other physical embodiments of computing is familiar. Just as well known is the slower rate of development in the utility of computers – software has gotten more powerful, but the rate of improvement does not seem to be as swift as in hardware, though measuring improvements in software is somehow impressive.
Nevertheless the rapid growth of online shopping, streaming, home office and connectivity itself leads to a bigger demand of Data Centers (DCs) and IT power in central Europe, Germany and especially in Berlin.
Thus, our mission is to develop new sites across Germany and Austria, that offer sufficient power to build new data centers and expand the overall connectivity in Germany.
The Internet is one of the most powerful technologies ever created, and the idea that we've exhausted its potential two decades after it began to be used commercially is as ridiculous as saying there's nothing left to do with electricity after the light bulb. Companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Alibaba, even Tesla and YouTube show that the future of all products is online. Advances in cloud and other computing technologies are radically lowering the cost of starting and operating new businesses, creating opportunities for even higher returns. In general, Internet companies that take the Internet seriously will outperform as a technology for transmitting information at a scale and convenience that can't be matched elsewhere, and that's why we need the power of the Internet to turn these ideas into cash.
The correlation between prosperity and energy consumption is extremely high, and regardless of which way the causality runs, a future world of greater material comfort will be one that consumes more energy (at least in aggregate). Unfortunately, conventional energy sources are extremely problematic because of political and environmental costs and, in the case of oil and gas, significant geological limitations. Alternative energy sources represent a tremendous opportunity, but as the ever-increasing real cost of energy shows, we have made little progress in generating more and cheaper energy. As a result, the current energy supply in Germany does not meet demand.
Many different trends and technologies are driving the development of Data Centers.
These will also be the cornerstones of the development in the current decade that we are already facing as of today. We will have to deal with IoT (Internet of things), EDGE computing, Green Data Centers, Cloud Data Centers and the combination of Cloud and EDGE as the world’s population is growing at an unprecedented rate. It is expected that 66% of the planet will consist of urban metro areas by 2050 and therefore the need for digitization will be strongly pushed.
Furthermore, due to climate change, it is in our common interest to reduce our carbon footprint in an energy swallowing industry by using and developing more efficient cooling technologies, rethinking the use of potable water, implementing capex and opex saving construction methodologies and steadily improving our supply chains down to the lowest level of the overall process.
The increased importance of ESG relevance for users, developers and investors has crystallized more and more during the last years. In addition to the well-known first parameter "environmental", the topics of "social" and "governance" getting more and more in focus as well. This triad is also playing an central role in the field of data center development. The "green" development of data centers as well as the subsequent operation, will implement more and more new and innovative procedures and sustainable approaches in the near future. We, as TERRA, are keen about taking up this part as early as possible during the development process of the construction sites and thus create an important foundation for a successful implementation of modern ESG concepts by our customers. For this purpose, we work hand in hand with leading German and international research teams and also specifically support promising technologies for a "green" future.