Lithuania plans €10 million data centre
07 January 2022 | Melanie Mingas
Plans have been made for a new data centre in Lithuania after Telia Lietuva purchased a two-hectare parcel of land in Raisteniškės, which is located next to the Vilnius-Panevėžys highway.
Construction of the facility – which upon completion will be the largest in the country – is expected to cost €10 million.
“A significant increase in the need for IT services for businesses and public sector organisations during the pandemic has become a part of a new, digital economy, which in turn led to our decision to build a new, modern and sustainable data centre," said Daniel Karpovič, head of enterprise at Telia Lietuva.
"Having connected three data centres located in different parts of Vilnius into a single infrastructure, we will gain an even greater competitive advantage and will be able to offer our customers unique IT solutions and even more security. Moreover, the Raisteniškės data centre will be modular, so we will be able to expand its capacity in the future, thus balancing the activities of other data centres," Karpovič added.
Leveraging its regional presence and network Telia Lietuva is connecting its new facility to its two other data centres in Vilnius (pictured) to create the largest data centre infrastructure in the Baltic States. On this point Karpovič said the greenfield site allows Telia Lietuva to "decide for itself on the best methods for ensuring both the physical security of data and equipment, the reliability of the services provided and the sustainability of the data centre".
The size of the plot also allows for modular capacity increases, as demand dictates.
Enhancing the resilience of the facility, it will connect to the same network as the other facilities, meaning it will be linked by fibre-optic cable ring, connecting to all major backbone internet networks using two independent fibre-optic connections laid in different routes.
This will allow Telia Lietuva to offer data centres services distributed through two remote certified Uptime Institute Tier III or equivalent data centres.
On the business case for such a significant new facility, Telia Lietuva said its rationale for the project was based on the 20% leap in IT service sales it has witnessed "for several consecutive years".
It isn't the only data centre project on the drawing board for TL this year Renovations and expansion of the existing data centers are also planned in 2022.
Tenders for design and construction contractor works for the new data centre are expected to be announce shortly.
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