By Nigar Abbasova
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Communications and High Technologies is in process of defining a list of services, which will be delivered on basis of a regional DATA Center.
“The center which is the largest in the region is already constructed. Currently, the work is underway for its commissioning,” said Elmir Valizade, Deputy Minister of Communications and High Technologies.
The DATA Center was tested for resilience by American Uptime Institute in order to obtain a certificate of Tier3 level. The certificate is an official confirmation of reliability and security. Tier 3 is considered to be one of the highest levels in this sphere which offers 99.98% availability. With this configuration, it is possible to manage maintenance periods without affecting the continuity of service on the servers.
A number of world biggest companies such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, Yahoo and others, have already expressed an interest in placing their IT-infrastructure in Azerbaijan’s DATA-center. The Ministry is currently considering appeals and works on defining of resources which will be distributed among customers.
The deputy minister further mentioned that operation of DATA center will be primarily aimed at meeting the country’s needs. State and private structures, as well as international companies will also be eligible to make use of the DATA-center.
Velizade also reminded that creation of all necessary conditions for the activities of private providers and provision of high quality internet services in the regions of Azerbaijan is among the ministry’s top priorities.
“Azerbaijan enjoys a high level of Internet connectivity, nevertheless the country takes bids such as realization of infrastructure projects and modernization of existing networks in order to develop current potential,” the deputy minister said.
The level of internet connectivity in Azerbaijan is currently amounts to 76 percent. Currently 40 internet providers are operating in Azerbaijan.
The need to create the DATA Center is obvious in the face of the dynamic growth in the number of Internet users and Internet content. The commissioning of Data Center will give a stimulus for the integration into the global information environment, creation of numerous information resources and services. The project is implemented with the support of UNDP.
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