Data Economy

News round up: Ukraine to build crypto data centre, Apple's tax in EU

02 February 2021 | Abigail Opiah


Data Economy shares five news stories making headlines from around the world.

Ukrainian Government to build crypto data centre

Ukraine’s government-owned nuclear power plant has selected a firm to build a data centre in Rivne, Ukraine for cryptocurrency mining operations.

After a bidding process, Energoatom chose Kyiv Energy Construction Company to handle the nuclear plant crypto mining project.

According to official documents, the data centre will be based in the Rivne nuclear power plant, and the construction firm got 8.92 million Hryvnia ($318,237) in funding.

Royal Holloway awards contract to Keysource

Keysource has been awarded a contract extension by Royal Holloway, University of London. Keysource has provided critical infrastructure services for the college for around 10 years.

Under the terms of the two-year contract extension, Keysource will be providing a comprehensive critical facilities management solution, supporting the University’s data centre estate with a four-hour response to the site.

Daren Bezants, Head of Maintenance at Royal Holloway said, “Keysource has been a trusted advisor for many years and understands our priorities and service expectations. Throughout the past ten years, they have never become complacent and have delivered continuous improvements across our data centre estate. As a result, it was an easy decision to extend our agreement with them.”

Apple's tax in EU

The European Union is looking to overturn Apple’s success in a €13 billion ($15.6 billion) tax dispute.

The EU said judges used “contradictory reasoning” when they found that the company’s Irish units were not liable for large payments.

The appeal was brought on 25 September 2020 by the European Commission against the judgment of the General Court and was delivered on 15 July 2020.

Unite Private Networks expands fibre accessibility

Unite Private Networks (UPN) is offering a full suite of high-bandwidth Ethernet, IP, dark fibre and data transport services to customers at Stream Data Centers' DFW VII facility in Garland, Texas.

Stream's addition to UPN's existing on-net fabric helps customers of both entities meet expanding digital requirements with access to turnkey data centre services and connectivity options within the Dallas Fort Worth metro.

"At Stream, we believe that delivering data centre services should be a great experience for our customers, so we proactively invest in great people and great facilities to create environments that work perfectly for their needs,” said Chad Rodriguez, Vice President of Network & Cloud for Stream Data Centers.

“Unite Private Networks' fibre complements that promise with its ability to remain highly adaptive for technology platform advances — from dark fibre layer offerings to cloud enablement.

“This is what ensures their robust support for schools, governments, medical organisations, enterprises and carriers alike. We're excited for UPN to call Stream Data Centers' DFW VII home as they look to serve the region more comprehensively, and we're thrilled to offer customers even greater freedom to leverage the carrier-neutral connectivity that their digital initiatives thrive on."

G-Core Labs cloud starts processing transactions of banks

The G-Core Labs cloud has achieved the certification of compliance with the requirements of the PCI DSS 3.2.1 standard in terms of storing, processing and transmitting payment cards data. The compliance was confirmed by annual QSA audit conducted by Compliance Control Ltd.

"Cloud infrastructure of G-Core Labs is located on all continents of the world, the company's public cloud clusters operate in Luxembourg, Ashburn (USA), Moscow and Singapore, and during a year we also plan to connect Frankfurt am Main, Sydney, Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Khabarovsk,” said Vsevolod Vayner, head of the cloud platforms at G-Core Labs.

“We pay great attention to the protection of our infrastructure at every point of presence, and obtaining the PCI DSS certificate is an international recognition of the quality of information security of our cloud.”