Iran opens massive data center to reduce reliance on global servers

2020-09-07 20:29:09
Iran opens massive data center to reduce reliance on global servers

Iran has opened a massive data center to boost internet traffic and content generation on its National Information Network (NIN) as the country seeks to reduce reliance on global servers for key and sensitive online services.

The official IRNA news agency said the NIN Mother Data Center had been launched earlier in the day in a ceremony attended by telecoms authorities and senior government and parliament officials.

It said the data center would host 100 racks and is capable of accommodating hundreds of data servers. Its capacity for Internet exchange points (IXP), through which Internet infrastructure companies connect with each other, is one terabit per second, the report added.

The new facility has been named after Martyr Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian major general killed in a US airstrike in the Iraqi capital Baghdad in January.

Its opening comes after two main Iranian mobile operators launched their own data centers earlier this year to increase capacity for cloud computing and help Iran’s telecoms ministry to advance its plans on full implementation of the NIN.

Iran’s telecoms minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said the new data center had been designed and launched only in a matter of six months.

Jahromi said the center would hugely boost plans to develop the use of key online services on the NIN, including search engines, messengers and electronic mail services.

“This development is an effective step toward improving the quality of basic services on the NIN,” said the minister, adding that the data center would have two separate 500-server capacities for messenger and search engine applications.

Using the NIN on a nationwide scale helped Iran cope with a long internet blackout that was imposed during riots caused by fuel price hikes in November 2019.

Government authorities believe a full rollout of the NIN could hugely boost online services in Iran and help increase security across the network.


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