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MegaFon Opens Russia's Largest Data Center

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Russia's MegaFon has opened the largest data centre in the country. The opening of the 74,400 square feet Samara Data Center marked the completion of a USD30 million project launched by MegaFon two years ago.

"This is the first time a brand new, state-of-the-art data storage and transmission facility of this size has been built in Russia for commercial use," said Valeriy Ermakov, MegaFon's Chief Operations Officer. "Data centers are the keystone of our infrastructure which enables us to provide our domestic and global clients and partners with cutting-edge information technology services.

"In the coming years we will be actively developing our data center network powered by our own nationwide fiber-optic backbone. This ambitious project will foster economic growth in Russia's regions and thus significantly contribute to the country's modernization."

Uptime Institute, a Santa Fe, New Mexico (U.S.)-based international professional organization, has made a provisional assessment that the Samara center is designed and built in accordance with the requirements of Tier 3, one of the most stringent standards of an infrastructure's capabilities. An official certificate for the site will be issued at the beginning of 2011.

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