Microsoft is building two huge data centers in Ukraine

Monday, October 5, 2020 – 10:58 ksa

Microsoft will develop two data centers in the country in collaboration with the Ukrainian authorities, which the authorities will also use.

They will be erected in the amount of $500 million, as part of the company ‘s investment in cloud infrastructure development in Ukraine.

The national authorities are now preparing to move their public sector services to the Microsoft Azure cloud.


With Ukraine, Microsoft agreed

$500 million will be spent by Microsoft Corporation in the Ukrainian IT market. In specific, it plans to spend this money on the development of two data processing centers (DPCs), where it would place within the country’s boundaries.

A partnership memorandum signed by Microsoft officials along with the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine (Ministry of Digital Transformation. Not to be confused with the Russian ministry of the same name). Addresses the company’s intentions to pump half a billion dollars into cloud services in Ukraine. The document was signed by the parties on October 2, 2020.

Ukrainian government departments can also use the facilities of potential Microsoft data centers, as the network publication AIN.UA writes, but for this, it is important that the data processed in them may not leave the region. However, in order to govern this moment, the laws of Ukraine, which have not yet been adopted, require necessary modifications.

Gain for state departments

A variety of preferences for the use of Microsoft services by Ukrainian government agencies are also considered in the signed memorandum of cooperation.

Thus, promotions or special terms for work in Azure (Microsoft clouds), Office 365 (cloud analog to classic MS Office) and other business network resources can be offered.

Mikhail Fedorov, head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Affairs, said that the government is already discussing the question of the transition of resources from the state mobile application Diya 2.0 to Microsoft Azure, proposed by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, at the beginning of February 2020. Shift of an American organization to the cloud.

In addition, the parties reached an agreement on the implementation of modern IT in Ukraine at state , regional and inter-sectoral levels within the framework of the new agreement. Artificial intelligence ( AI), cloud computing, the Internet of Things and Big Data have been listed in particular.

The parties have not commented on the timeline of the transition of ‘Diya 2.0’ to Microsoft Azure, as well as the date and location of the construction of the data centers.

Awaiting the Rule

The transition to the American cloud of Ukrainian public utilities will be postponed at least until the implementation of the Computer Technology Act, which takes into account all the requirements for the protection of classified information inside Ukraine ‘s borders. “In our region, we pay particular attention to data storage. “We do not allow other countries to store sensory info,” said the head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Sciences.

The draft legislation itself, number 2655, was adopted for consideration on 20 December 2019, and so far, at the time of publication of the content, only the first reading was adopted in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, which took place on 16 June 2020. There are two more readings ahead, with the consent of Dmitry Razumkov, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, and the signature of Vladimir Zelensky.

Certain forms of teamwork

Mikhail Fedorov said that over 100 thousand new experts in this area will be interested in the growth of cloud services in Ukraine within the scope of a collaboration with Microsoft. In addition, over the next three years, both of them can be located.

Microsoft is also preparing to organize a computer Olympiad in Ukraine. She also wants to start teaching Ukrainian students how to improve her apps.

In addition to the above, official support for the Microsoft Xbox gaming platform has been released in the Ukraine since October 2, 2020. This ensures that Ukrainians would no longer have to “pretend” to be citizens of other countries in order to enrol there.

We need more data centers

The memorandum on its construction was signed by the Ukrainian state-owned company Energoatom, the largest electricity producer in Ukraine with a total production share of over 50% in the country’s total electricity production, and H2 LLC, which develops environmentally friendly energy solutions.

According to Energoatom, the planned investment should reach $ 700 million. The data center will be located in the south of the country near the Zaporozhye NPP and will consume a sixth of its capacity – as of October 2020, the Zaporozhye NPP consisted of six power units, each with a capacity of 1000 MW (megawatt ) or 1 GW.