Russian data centre firm Linxdatacenter has announced it is investing US$200mn in a new data centre facility in Moscow, as part of expanding and developing its cloud service in Russia.
The investment is part of a collaboration between SC ER-Telecom Holding, Linxdatacenter, and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF).
Linxdatacenter has purchased a site at Serebryakova 8 in Moscow, with a total area of 26,000 sq. m. The data centre will accommodate at least 4,000 racks and office spaces for customers. The power of the new facility will be gradually increased up to 50 MW.
Olga Sokolova, General Director of Linxdatacenter, said: “The site we found for construction of our new data centre is an optimal match for a whole range of our requirements. Its total area will allow us to plan future expansion, and its location ensures superior network connectivity owing to the proximity of our current data centre at 8 Marta Street. Its excellent transport accessibility and proximity to large infrastructure objects allow Linxdatacenter to offer a unique solution to big Russian and international companies.
“Full control over the construction process and engagement of international experts will enable us to plan and implement the project in compliance with the strictest international standards for DC management, including security and power independence, and to meet the high expectations of our customers,” Sokolova added.
This will become the company’s largest data centre facility, and its second data centre in Moscow. Another data centre is located in Saint Petersburg. Redundant circuits connecting the facilities will enable all three data centres to operate as elements of a single infrastructure.
The project is designed to meet the best international standards, the Tier III requirements first and foremost, and state-of-the-art technological trends, including innovative power-efficient solutions.
Linxdatacenter’s expansion targets business development and share increases in colocation, cloud, and connectivity markets
Linxdatacenter’s expansion in Moscow is the beginning of the company’s ambitious investment strategy aimed at the development of its business throughout Russia and an increase of its share on the colocation, cloud and connectivity services markets. The strategy includes further expansion of Linxdatacenter’s presence in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, as well as the development of new sites in other Russian regions. The investment in the strategy implementation is estimated up to $500 mln.
Andrey Kuzyaev, President of JSC ER-Telecom Holding, said: “We are following the already agreed upon strategy for DC development. This project takes into account specific characteristics of the Russian market and will strengthen our presence in Moscow, which is currently the key region from the perspective of customer demand.”
Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), said: “Investment in construction of the largest facility of Linxdatacenter in Moscow for the future development of the leading cloud service in Russia is part of the strategy of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, focused on supporting the growth of digital economy in Russia and deploying the related infrastructure.
“Advanced international expertise and innovations will be applied in the construction of a power-efficient state-of-the-art data centre. The new facility will support business growth of Russian digital services and the IT sector in general, and its capacities will be in high demand among the leading international companies.”