Sunday, October 22, 2017

Finnish IT provider expands country’s largest data centre

Company readies for the soaring demand from data-hungry services and businesses and soldiers on to be GDPR compliant.

Helsinki-based IT services provider Tieto has unveiled plans to expand its data centre in Espoo, the country’s second largest city.

The expansion, evaluated at €17m, will bring the total investment in expanding the facility opened in 2011 to €27m.

The facility’s future hosting floor is expected to open gradually between 2017 and 2022.

The company claims the Espoo data centre to be the largest in Finland “by thousands of square metres”.

Tieto has not, however, given the number of square footage in the data centre. When the hub was first open, the project was designed to include ten data floors of 5,400 sqf each.

Patrik Ekström, Vice President, Technology and Modernisation Services at Tieto, said: “The amount of data is increasing exponentially. Each image taken or sent e-mail is saved to a server in a data centre.

“Companies are starting to use larger amounts of data for more efficient operations, for example, by introducing predictive analytics-based capabilities. As a result, the demand for local and secure data centre services is on the rise.”



Ahead of the introduction of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in March 2018, Tieto has also said its data centres are equipped with the necessary technology to respond to regulation demands.

Ekström said: “The companies and organisations are increasingly interested in where and how data is stored. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation for all companies comes into force in May 2018.

“Then each operator involved with the data must be able to indicate where the end-user data is stored. In particular, it is important for our governmental agency customers that citizens’ data are stored within the borders of Finland.”

Within the Nordic countries, Tieto has three data centres in Finland. In addition to Finland, the company has data centres in Sweden and Norway.