Poland plans ambitious national data centre project

Poland plans ambitious national data centre project

The government of Poland plans to build what it calls a National Data Centre – or, more accurately, it has published a draft bill on what it hopes will be achieved by embarking on this ambitious project.

It's to be comprised of three new data centres (linked via a fibre optic loop)  with an area of up to 2,000 square metres each and located on State Treasury land (though it’s not clear where this will be). The three facilities are to operate in a configuration enabling synchronous transfer of data from government administration resources.

It seems that the planned fibre optic loop will guarantee two independent communication routes between data centre facilities.

The availability of state-supplied e-services is likely to increase; this new facility should support this. In fact this very large undertaking aims to support existing state systems and have server space to meet the needs of new systems.

There’s a predictably strong emphasis on cyber security and standardisation in the draft bill. Among other things this is to be a safe location for state registers and the government cloud. It’s hoped that the level of resistance to cyber threats will be increased to protect vital state interests.

As you might expect, this activity comes with an environmental angle. The centres will comply with the European Code of Conduct on Data Centre Energy Efficiency. Plans are to be incorporated to use renewable energy and enhance the reliability of the power system by developing new back-up sources such as gas turbines or hydrogen fuel cells.

So far the draft bill does appear to be long on ambition but short on detail. However, the Data Centre Dynamics website suggests that construction is planned for 2024-2026.


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