How big are Russian Data Centers?

A question I got from a friend is how big are Russian Data Centers?  As Facebook pointed out Facebook traffic is almost non-existent given they are not an approved site for the country.  Huh?

Here is post on Facebook’s traffic.

Paul Butler on Monday, December 13, 2010 at 5:16pm

Visualizing data is like photography. Instead of starting with a blank canvas, you manipulate the lens used to present the data from a certain angle.

When the data is the social graph of 500 million people, there are a lot of lenses through which you can view it. One that piqued my curiosity was the locality of friendship. I was interested in seeing how geography and political borders affected where people lived relative to their friends. I wanted a visualization that would show which cities had a lot of friendships between them.

Note how dark Russia and China are.

What are the Russia web sites if Facebook and others are not allowed?

•Yandex=Google Search



•LiveJournal=blogging platform


The biggest data center so far in Russia is claimed to be a 8MW data center as reported by Data Center Dynamics, Yevgeniy Sverdlik.

MegaFon launches new data center in Russia

Telecom says the 8MW data center is the largest of its kind in Russia, offering colocaiton, managed hosting and Internet services out of six 4,300-sq-ft data halls

Published 12th October, 2010 by Yevgeniy Sverdlik

MegaFon data center in Samara

Russian telecommunications company MegaFon has launched what it says is the largest data center of its caliber in the nation. The 8MW facility in Samara is the first facility of the future “national data center network,” according to a MegaFon news release.
Valeriy Ermakov, chief operations officer at MegaFon, said this was the first time a new state-of-the-art data center of this size was built in Russia for commercial use.

Another Yevgyeniy reports on is a Telecom data center.

Rostelecom embarks on $219m data center build-out in Russia

Telecom will build two new data centers and retrofit existing facilities

Published 24th May, 2010 by DatacenterDynamics

Large Russian telecommunications firm Rostelecom is planning to invest $219m into building new data centers and retrofitting its existing facilities into data centers to begin providing data center services in the country, reported Russian news serviceKommersant. The plan is to make the investment over the next four years.
The company is going to build two new data centers in Moscow and Saint Petersburg metropolitan areas. The Moscow facility is designed to accommodate 3,500 IT racks and the St. Petersburg one will support 500. Rostelecom’s existing facilities can support 399 racks.

Megafon and Rostelcom look like the biggest data center builders, but given 8 MW is the largest so far, we’ll see when Russian breaks the 10 MW mark.

BTW, it does like Dell DCS is a supplier to Yandex.

Brannon boasts that while Google famously makes its own servers, Dell caters to three others from the ‘Search engine top five', hinting that Facebook is also a DCS customer.


But, sensing a great business opportunity in hand-me-downs and cheap knock-offs, Dell cunningly decided it would sell on its custom-made designs to smaller outfits, like Russian search engine and portal Yandex, for less cash.