TELIA SEES A GREAT POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPMENT OF DATA CENTRES IN LATVIA
Mārtiņš Paurs, Telia Latvija commercial director, believes that telecommunications business is inextricably linked to information technology, since “consumption” depends on available high quality – fast and secure – communications services.
IT and telecommunications are converging
“For some time global tendencies of operators becoming data centre and information technology providers, and vice versa — IT companies venturing rather boldly into the telecommunications business — can be observed. This trend influenced considerably Telia Latvija decision to launch a contemporary data centre in order to improve its competitive ability in the converging information technology and telecommunications industry. The decision proved to be justified beyond any doubt,” believes Mārtiņš Paurs.
Possible development paths of data centres
“The development of computing and data storage technologies has resulted in a performance and capacity increase, and it will continue. This means that a server rack of a certain size now can house ten times larger computing capacity compared to the situation of a couple of years ago, and that capacity will increase tens or hundreds of times. Thus a logical question arises, whether data centres and the related information technology should be developed quantitatively or qualitatively,” tells Paurs.
“From the perspective of the local market our answer definitely is – qualitatively. However, in the view of possible export of data centres services we should think in the lines of quantitative development too, since the needs of export market are greater than those of the local one – mainly due to its size. Quantitative development of data centres means global competition, for example, with the future Telia Company’s high-capacity data centre in Helsinki. In this case the competitive ability depends on several aspects like electricity costs, climate, the possibility to use the generated heat for heating purposes of surrounding building, among others,” emphasizes Paurs.