Colocation Set HeidelbergCement on Strategic Path for the Future

HeidelbergCement, one of the world’s largest building materials companies leading in aggregates, cement and ready-mixed concrete, operates 3,000 sites across 60 countries. Despite the intensity of cement production, the company fostered a successful business through an efficient and innovative production process, development of new products and the use of alternative raw materials and fuels. The company needs a fail-safe, real-time IT infrastructure to ensure its international production and distribution is optimised at all times.

HeidelbergCement’s operations require alignment across its dozens of sites to ensure sharp allocation of resources.

The company already operated their own data centre at their headquarters in Heidelberg, and colocated some hardware at Interxion in Frankfurt. As demands for availability, security and efficiency increased, the company expanded its presence in Interxion’s data centre to meet its growing needs.

While the company continues developing an IT infrastructure best-fit for their long-term business goals, all of its applications requiring 24/7 run-time will sit in the Interxion data centre in Frankfurt and their data centre in Heidleberg will remain open in tandem with Interxion operations.

HeidelbergCement sites across the globe can connect to the closest Interxion data centre, spanning 11 countries, allowing the company to run applications via Interxion’s cross-connects much faster than if connecting only to Heidelberg. Applications vital to the corporate process, such as the central ERP, email and office systems, all run non-stop at the colocation centre.

“Certainly, one doesn’t know what the future will bring, but together with Interxion we will successfully overcome all challenges. Whether Industry 4.0, consolidation, integrative concepts for production planning or the use of synergistic effects: as we are operating our core infrastructure at Interxion, we have a reliable partner by our side at all times.” Volker Förster, Head of Global Data Center Operations at HeidelbergCement

HeidelbergCement is one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of building materials with leading market positions in aggregates, cement and ready-mixed concrete. Following the acquisition of Italcementi, the company group employs 62,000 staff members at over 3,000 sites in around 60 countries. More at: www.heidelbergcement.com/de