By Nigar Orujova
The launch of the DATA-center of the Trier 3 level in Azerbaijan will accelerate a transition to cloud services and cloud computing, said, Communication and High Technologies Minister Ali Abbasov.
The minister said the largest data center in the region will start operation this October.
Azerbaijan plans to transfer the personal data of users from social networking services and Internet telephony (Skype, WhatsApp and others) into the country, Abbasov said.
The Ministry is preparing to appeal to these companies so that all of the resources related to Azerbaijan are stored directly within Azerbaijani territory.
“It is the first data center in the region. The center will also serve other countries in the region, Google, Facebook, and other large companies,” he said.
Abbasov stressed that this move is very important in the context of the cyber-security.
Depending on the demand, storage capacity of the DATA-center will be increased, he added.
At present, the DATA-center is tested for resilience to obtain a certificate for the Tier3 level. The certificate will be official confirmation that it is designed based on the best international standards on the criteria of reliability and safety.
The disaster-proof DATA-center has been created to protect the data of its clients. The center will ensure stable operation in case of failure of any node of the system, as it will have a record of 99.985 percent availability.
Currently, a number of major world companies including Facebook, Google, Amazon, Yahoo and others, have expressed an interest in placing their IT-infrastructure in Azerbaijan’s DATA-center. The addresses of the companies are being evaluated, as the resources to be distributed among customers, have already been planned.
Nigar Orujova is AzerNews’s staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @o_nigar
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