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Moscow’s IXcellerate launches ‘largest data hall in Russia’

Primary Russian data center operator IXcellerate has flagged the opening of the largest data hall in the country, as part of the firm’s third expansion of its Moscow-based DC campus.

‘This project was, 5 years ago, a ‘start-up’; today IXcellerate is a fully-fledged international company more than serving its initial purpose – to become the most advanced data center in Russia with the best technology, customer service and team,” said IXcellerate CEO Guy Willner.

“Year after year we boost our clients’ trust, maintaining safe storage and processing of data within the Russian territory for both Russian and international customers,” added Willner. “These principles form our ethos and provide a strong competitive advantage within the Russian market. Going forward we will continue following this principle as we expand across the market.”

Infrastructure and technical innovation           

The data center – which is customer ready – is currently in the final stages of passing the Uptime Institute audit and obtaining Tier III certification in the ‘design’ category scheduled for June 2018. The design process was implemented by ARUP, the principal designer and partner of IXcellerate since its foundation and launch in 2013.

Vertiv, IXcellerate’s technology partner, proposed and implemented the optimal engineering solutions as well as offered the outstanding TCOs in order to complete the project.

Scale and investments

The new expansion is designed to house 1100 racks within a single, undivided space of 2500 square meters. The overall amount of investment into the new module surpassed US$20 million. The construction of the third expansion for IXcellerate Moscow One began in Q4 2017, soon after closing a US$15 million convertible loan deal with a group including Goldman Sachs. 10% is already pre-sold with a further 20% reserved for the expansion of existing and new clients.

Flexible future-proof concept

The firm said the concept of a single-volume space was adopted early in the design process. “This allows for a significant increase of new data hall capacity whilst simultaneously reducing capital costs for construction and equipment,” it added, noting that advantages to the customer include:

  • Customized installation and scalability of the power and cooling capacity;
  • Long term planning within one single highly connected campus;
  • Increased redundancy in cooling;
  • Optimal time savings and reduced installation costs.
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