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velcom Launched the Biggest in Belarus Data Center

Sep 14, 2017

velcom opened the biggest in the country data center located in Minsk. New operation will enable Belarusian ICT market to go global.

velcom data center is 41st in global web of telecom giant America Movil. The project was designed and constructed based on international standards considering potential demand of domestic and foreign markets. The data center was certified by Uptime Institute (UI) as Tier III compliant in the categories Design and Facility according to international reliability standard.

velcom data center occupies 35k sq. m comparable with 5 football fields. The complex is able to collocate 800 server racks, more than any other data center in Belarus. Total electric output has record breaking 8 MW comparable with power demand of 1000 households.

Besides, 43 kms core redundant network was built to serve the needs of DC customers connecting DC with velcom HQ at Internatsionalnaya and Network and Service Operation Center at Zaharova. It offers a record breaking throughput of 1 Tbit/ sec.

Construction took 2 years and $20 months. Another $30-50 mln is planned to be invested in expansion of operations considering demand. Export potential over first few years makes up about $2-5 mln.

Following global trends in IT industry velcom is supported by long-term experience and expertise of America Movil and Telekom Austria Group and adapts it to the needs of local market. New data center is the foundation for implementation of the cutting edge technologies fueled by global trends. velcom believes it's data center will be a trigger for rapid evolvement of cloud services in Belarus. Other perspectives include transformation to e-commerce, information society and upscale of Belarus on global ICT rating.

«Launch of such large scale data center in Belarus is another step into the cloud based future, – noted Denis Filazafovitch, Senior Director for Enterprise and ICT services. – In the new for us business segment we are supported by expertise of such global giants like America Movil and Telekom Austria Group. As much as in telco business we heavily invest into the highest customer centricity. Our mission is enhancement of efficiency and performance of IT infrastructure for our enterprise customers.».