Lithuanian telecommunications and IT service provider TEO Group announced in mid-December that it will be opening a new Lithuania data center.
The Lithuania data center will be the eighth one owned by TEO Group and is expected to cost $3.6 million. TEO has partnered with local engineering and integration specialist Fima for the construction of the facility, which is expected to be completed in the second half of 2015. The company hopes an expansion will earn them a competitive advantage both in Lithuania and outside markets, especially in the IT service export segment.
"Not only do we provide IT infrastructure hosting services in our data centers, but various IT management services and security solutions as well," said Aleksandra Samuchovas, head of TEO's business customer department. "In communication with our business customers, we have noticed that both the demand for data center services and services bought from external IT companies has been rapidly increasing, which shows that global trends of acquiring IT as a service has been increasingly gaining ground in Lithuania as well."
Expansion creates Tier III, energy efficient data center for TEO
The new facility is being built for a Tier III certification. When fully completed, the Lithuania data center will offer 106 server racks with a planned capacity of 500 kW. The company is aiming for a PUE of 1.25 at the Europe data center.
Energy efficient techniques will be employed in the Lithuania data center, such as the use of 100 percent renewable power sources from the Kaunas Hydroelectric Power Plant and sustainable cooling practices. The same KyotoCooling system that is used in TEO Group's facility in Vilnius, Lithuania's capital, will be deployed at the new site, which is located within a cool climate. The cooling system utilizes outside air 85 percent of the time, dramatically reducing power consumption to save energy and money.
"TEO will be the first company in Europe and the third in the world having an installed KyotoCooling cooling system and a Tier III certificate," said Valdas Vrubliauskas, director of automation and data network solutions for Fima.
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