Russian telecoms provider Rostelecom has launched a new 3MW data center facility in Novosibirsk, in central Russia.

The company says the new facility meets Uptime Tier III standards and will have 300 client racks spread across three machine rooms. The site will provide a number of services including colocation, telecommunications, infrastructure as a service, and backup and recovery solutions.

Novosibirsk is located to the south of central Russia, near the borders of Kazakhstan and Mongolia. The firm currently operates data centers in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Udomlya, and Yekaterinburg.

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Rostelecom continues data center expansion plans

Rostelecom HQ
Rostelecom's headquarters – Google Maps

Rostelecom bought Russia’s second-largest data center provider DataLine in November 2019, and has recently upped its data center expansion plans. In December the company announced a partnership with VTB Bank to fund the growth of data centers and cloud business with the potential IPO its Rostelecom Data Centers unit.

The Government-backed telco announced a new 1,500 sq m (16,145 sq ft) facility called NORD-5 on its Nord Campus in northern Moscow as well as a 7.4MW data center in St. Petersburg late last year. It also announced the construction of a Tier IV-equivalent facility with 2,000 racks in Moscow for opening in 2021. There are further plans to expand its existing portfolio of Tier III data centers and is reportedly commissioning facilities in Yekaterinburg and Nizhny Novgorod.

“The regional expansion of our high performing data center network is the priority for this year. Together with this geographical expansion, we are committed to maintaining the highest operational levels in line with the Tier III standards,” said Pavel Kaplunov, VP for Cloud Services at Rostelecom.

“We believe that the geographically distributed nature of the network we are building will serve for clients’ benefit enabling them to improve efficiencies and enjoy additional services.”