Linxdatacenter Accredited by Russian Government

Data center colocation and cloud services provider Linxdatacenter has passed state accreditation by the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Digital Development. The company’s new status will allow it to compete effectively in the market for cloud solutions for the government.

Photo Olga Sokolova, General Director Linxdatacenter
“The Russian state sector needs a selection of readymade IT solutions from providers with expertise in complex projects, geographical distribution, high level of SLA and CSI,” said Olga Sokolova, General Director Linxdatacenter.

Linxdatacenter’s TIER III-certified data centers in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, as well as partner data centers in Warsaw and Frankfurt, offer cloud and colocation services. It also provides quick access to global cloud services like Amazon Web Service (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The question is how Linxdatacenter will now fill in these cloud services, given that both Google and Microsoft and Amazon, as well as several other major hyperscalers, are not selling cloud services in Russia for the time being.

Last year, Linxdatacenter – which was then headquartered in the Netherlands – was acquired by a Russian investment consortium. This Russian investment group bought a 100 percent share in Svyaz VSD LLC, the Russian subsidiary of Linx Telecommunications Holding B.V. in the Netherlands. Linxdatacenter’s LinxCloud platform, as well as two big data centers in Moscow and St. Petersburg totaling 13,400 square meters, were purchased by the investment group.

It was Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russia’s sovereign wealth firm) which bought Linxdatacenter, together with JSC ER-Telecom Holding (Dom.ru and Dom.ru business trademarks) and Talos Fund I LP, a major Middle Eastern fund focusing on innovative technology investments, including AI.

Now, Linxdatacenter has passed state accreditation to deliver cloud solutions to the Russian government. The certification process was started in order for the corporation to penetrate a new cloud market segment: the Business to Government (B2G) sector. The focus on this industry is due to the rapidly expanding demands of state entities for digitization, import substitution of IT goods, and regulatory compliance, according to Linxdatacenter.

Russian State Sector

“The Russian state sector needs a selection of readymade IT solutions from providers with expertise in complex projects, geographical distribution, high level of SLA and CSI,” said Olga Sokolova, General Director Linxdatacenter. “The level of technological and business competencies of Linxdatacenter allows us to create an adequate offer of services and products for the B2G market.”

The Russian state sector is divided into two primary categories in Linxdatacenter’s development strategy: state institutions (administrations, et cetera) and firms with state capital.

A standard automated government official’s workspace will be included in the initial set of solutions, as well as a platform approved for hosting geoinformation systems (GIS) based on local software.

The LinxCloud platform’s multiple scaling of computing resources and relationships with hyperscalers whose profile fits the needs of state-owned firms will be used to develop cloud solutions for the government.

It is also intended to construct a complicated Colocation + Cloud Services concept that will serve as the foundation for unique B2G hi-tech goods, such as ‘smart city’ solutions, according to Linxdatacenter.