Microsoft to Build Data Center in Siberia

Posted by bink on November 27 2007, 7:05 PM. Posted in Hosting.

Microsoft is elaborating a project to construct a data center for 10,000 servers in the Irkutsk region, Microsoft Rus CEO Birger Sten announced Friday, attributing the choice of location to stability of energy supplies there. According to Sten, a similar data-center in Ireland will cost $500 million to Microsoft. Microsoft and the Irkutsk region’s authorities inked Friday a framework agreement for deliveries of licensed software to the region. After the signing, Microsoft Rus CEO Birger Sten and an aide to Irkutsk region’s governor, Andrei Gubov, unveiled to reporters the plans of software giant in respect of the region.

It emerged that Microsoft is willing to construct a data-center for 10,000 servers there. The budget hasn’t been calculated yet. According to Sten, a similar data-center for 100,000 servers in Ireland will cost roughly $500 million.

For this purpose, the region is ready to provide to Microsoft an allotment between Angarsk and Irkutsk, Gubov said. The data-center will be connected to Transtelecom fiber optic line. It will be a bank of data reserving the information.

According to Sten, the Irkutsk region attracts Microsoft mostly because of its stable energy supply. The data-center of such capacity will consume roughly 50 MW, Gubov specified.

The market players, however, don’t appear very optimistic about the project. They call it a fantasy, specifying that the region needs no storage for data of this extent.

Open Gallery...An additional statement from Microsoft: "The Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Irkutsk regional government aimed to expand IT use in the government sector and launch several training programs locally," said Evgeny Danilov, Microsoft Russia PR director. "A data center was one of the topics of negotiation with the Irkutsk regional administration, where the parties agreed to continue discussions later. Though Microsoft Russia is working on potential data centre construction in Russia, we are still far from final site selection."

Siberia is best known for its rough winters, and the average temperature in Irkutsk is below zero from December through early March, with constant snow cover for most of the winter.

The data center could have connectivity from a Transtelecom fiber line, and have power capacity of 50 megawatts, according to Irkutsk region governor Andrei Gubov. The region was attractive to Microsoft due to its stable power supply, said Sten, who added that there has never been a data center project of this scope in Russia. No timetable was given for completion of the project.


And in other Siberia news: Native Americans may be from Siberia [:)]