The most advanced data center in Bangladesh is set for the test run. The test run will begin in October, it will be a part of the move of the Bangladeshi government to boost the data storage capacity of Bangladesh.
The commercial operation of the data center will be started in December 2018 in Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City at Kaliakoir in Gazipur.
After the trial run, a technical audit will be done by Uptime Institute in October and another after its successful run for one year. After that, Bangladesh will be given the certification.
The recognition will make it the eighth Tier 4 center in the world and the second in Asia, said officials related to the project.
In June last year, the government received a certificate from the Seattle-based institute after it examined the design, facility and operational sustainability of the center, reports the Daily Star.
“This is a pride project like the country’s first satellite Bangabandhu-1 and it will be famous,” said Mustafa Jabbar, the ICT and telecom minister of Bangladesh.
With the trial, the Information and Communication Technology Division will be expanding the capacity of the center by at least four times from the present storage facility.
“We are planning to increase the capacity and it is possible to do so with some additional investments,” said Jabbar, adding that it will only require some racks and chilling capacity to boost the capacity fourfold.
He said that the data generation of Bangladesh has increased manifold in the last few years as more and more services are going digital.
With a capacity of two petabytes, it took an amount of Tk 1,516.91 crore to build the center.
The project office has sent a proposal to the government to augment the capacity to up to 50 petabytes to store the huge data the country is producing. At present, Bangladesh has a Tier 3 data center, whose capacity is already full.
The center was supposed to be started from June 2018, but it took a few months more after the sudden restriction on Chinese vendor ZTE Corporation, the developer of the project, imposed by the US.
According to the global standard of a Tier 4 data center, it will remain available 99.995 percent of the time, which is up from 99.982 percent in case of a Tier 3 center.
A Tier 4 data center will have 0.8 hours of interruption per year, which is half of the disruption faced by a Tier 3 center. There are three Tier 4 data centers in the US, two in Spain and one each in Saudi Arabia and Canada.