En+ Launches Pilot Data Centre in Siberia
25 May 2017, Irkutsk– En+ Group has launched the first unit of its Clouds of Siberia data centre network. The new data centre is located at Novo-Irkutskaya CHP, near Irkutsk in Siberia. The network will provide cloud storage and processing services to high-tech clients in Russia and China.
The data centre has dual critical systems backup and meets Tier 3 Reliability Standards. It will offer virtual computing services and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) data storage systems.
Maxim Sokov, CEO of En+ Group, commented:
"We are delighted that En+ Group has become the first Russian power company to enter the commercial data centre market. The data centre uses energy generated by En+, which is a real competitive advantage as energy expenses can account for as much as 50-70% of overall cloud data processing costs. Its Siberian location ensures that it will be cooled naturally throughout the year."
In addition to the Clouds of Siberia data centre network, En+ Group is considering, jointly with Russian and Chinese partners, a series of other data centre construction projects for several anchor clients in Russia and China.
The global data centre market is actively growing, and the amount and complexity of processed data increases every day: the world's total data footprint will reach 40 trillion gigabytes by 2020. The Russian data centre market is in a formative stage; only Moscow and St. Petersburg are equipped with the advanced infrastructure, compliant with international reliability standards, to support commercial data centres. High real estate and energy costs are causing businesses to consider building energy-intensive IT infrastructure in more remote regions.
About En+ Group:
En+ Group (www.enplus.ru) is a leading global vertically-integrated hydropower and metals producer. En+ operates power plants with a total installed capacity of 19.7 GW, including 15.1 GW at world-class hydro power assets. En+ holds a controlling stake (48.1%) in UC RUSAL, the world’s second largest aluminium producer, which is the major consumer of the hydroelectricity produced by En+. En+ Group reported consolidated revenue of USD 9.8 billion for the full year 2016.
The Company operates a unique comprehensive programme to protect Lake Baikal, organising both environmental and cultural activities and events. En+ Group has established active relationships with reputable Russian and international environmental organizations, including the WWF, Strana Zapovednaya National Foundation, and the non-profit partnerships “The Great Baikal Trail” and “Let's Protect Baikal Together”.