Russian data center developer Key Point has launched a new data center in Primorsky Krai in far east Russia.

“Key Point has launched the first and only commercial data processing center of international level in the Far East and Eastern Siberia,” the company said in an announcement last week.

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– Key Point

The first phase of development, located in the Nadezhdinskaya area of Vladivostok, included the construction of two modules with a total capacity of 440 racks. At full build out, the facility will feature capacity for 880 racks and 10MW.

First announced in September 2021, the project saw investment ‘exceeding 1.5 billion rubles’ and included funding from Russian state development corporation VEB.RF.

Russian telco VimpelCom/Beeline is the anchor tenant of the new data center. The facility is expected to be 90 percent leased by the end of Q1 2023. The company aims to begin work on phase two of the site in February, and is set to complete in Q1 2024.

“We built the data center on schedule and passed the certification of an international institute, actually confirming the high reliability of the implemented project. Thus, we managed not only to keep our word given at the project launch stage, but also to provide businesses and residents of Primorye with a unique infrastructure that will give impetus to the development of the region and ensure the reliability and availability of new high-tech services,” said Alexander Martynyuk, CEO of Key Point Group.

VEB.RF deputy chairman Artem Dovlatov added: “The development of information infrastructure creates a reserve for the speedy introduction of fundamentally new and promising technologies and services in the Far East, such as 5G communication networks, artificial intelligence, unmanned vehicles. The launch of a data center in Primorsky Krai will increase the level of availability and sustainability of digital services, and will also help improve the investment attractiveness of the macroregion.”

Key Point is a franchise partner of Russian data center firm 3data; the company recently said it is planning to build 35 data centers over the next five years in all major regions of Russia. It is planning data centers with a capacity of 400-1200 racks in Vladivostok, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, and Stavropol. Data centers with a capacity of 30-400 racks will be built in 30 more cities across Russia.

Beeline and VimpelCom PJSC were both subsidiaries of the Veon Group of companies until recently. In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Amsterdam-based parent company recently sold Veon’s Russian operations to senior members of the local management team, led by its current CEO Aleksander Torbakhov.

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