2 Feb 2023 12:59

First data center in Far East and Eastern Siberia opens in Primorye

VLADIVOSTOK. Feb 2 (Interfax) - Key Point LLC, a company based in Vladivostok, has opened the first commercial data processing center in Russia's Far East and Eastern Siberia in Primorye, the Far East and Arctic Development Corporation (FEDC) said.

The first phase of the data center, which went into commercial operation on February 1, includes two models with total capacity for 440 racks with average energy consumption of 5 kW.

The center is built to Tier III standards, meaning all elements of infrastructure systems are backed up and power supply feeds and telecommunication lines have independent routes.

The project is being carried out with financial support from state development corporation VEB.RF within the context of Nadezhdinskaya priority development area (PDA), of which the company is a resident.

The new center's first major client is Vimpelcom, one of Russia's top three mobile service providers.

"Substantive work is now underway on individual contracts to lease the data center's facilities. It is expected that the first phase of the data center will be 90% contracted by the end of the first quarter of 2023," the press release said.

Overall investment in building the center for 880 racks and capacity of 10 MW will exceed 1.5 billion rubles. The second phase, with two more modules with combined capacity for 440 racks is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2024.

"We sincerely believe in the development of digital services in the Far East, so in February we are beginning construction of the second phase of the data center on a neighboring plot of land [in the Nadezhdinskaya PDA in Primorye], and in the second quarter of this year we're starting construction of a data center in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk," Key Point CEO Yevgeny Virtser was quoted as saying in the release.

Key Point was registered in the village of Volno-Nadezhdinskoye, Primorye on February 10, 2021 and has charter capital of 5 million rubles. The company's declared business is creation and use of databases and information resources.

The company is equally owned by CEO Yevgeny Virtser and Alexander Martynyuk, according to a February 2 entry in the Unified State Register of Legal Entities. Martynyuk and Virtser also own, respectively, 50% and 35% of Moscow-based Key Point Group LLC. Virtser served as CEO of Moscow-based JSC Insystems, a division of IT group Lanit, until November 2019.