Digging Deep for Data to Survive Disaster


Israel is building a deep underground chamber to protect data centers in case of war or natural disaster, reports The Times of Israel.

Ten stories below the streets of Yerushalayim, servers (and the data they contain) will be kept safe from whatever bad things are going on at ground level, chas v’shalom — enabling them to quickly restore the many services that depend on that data once the emergency passes.

When the data center’s first section goes online next year in the Har Hotzvim hi-tech area, it will protect data for banks, large corporations and government offices connected with it, said Alon Bar-Tsur, CEO of Bynet Data Communications.

Bynet already operates several data centers, but the new Yerushalayim center will be the company’s — and the country’s — largest. Eventually, it will cover 17,000 square meters.

“The location of this center gives us excellent protection, as it is deeply embedded in Har Hotzvim,” Bar-Tsur said. “Because it is essentially located inside a cave, less energy will be needed to cool it off, as it will be naturally cooler.”

Har Hotzvim was chosen for its safety, convenience and easy defensibility.

Among the customers that will not be using the Bynet center is the IDF, which is building its own secure computing center in the Negev. Bynet will be handling construction of this center as well; at a recent event, Bynet’s chairman Yehuda Zisapel announced that his company would be working with U.S. company Lockheed Martin on construction of the facility, at an estimated cost of 1 billion shekels.