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Largest data centre in Turkey opens

With the new data center in Gebze, Turkcell has tripled its total data center space to 52000 m2.

Turkey's largest data centre in Gebze
Turkey's largest data centre in Gebze

Turkcell has unveiled Turkey’s largest data centre in Gebze, near Istanbul. With it, Turkcell aims to turn Istanbul into a regional data hub serving global internet companies such as Google and Facebook as well as Turkish public and private sectors.


Designed as a data centre from the off, it covers a total area of 33,000 m2. The building has 33 thousand meters of fiber connections and the infrastructure is supported by a 30-megawatt energy capacity plus 25 generators of 2500 KVA each.


Security is maintained with retina-scanning technology, 146 cameras and 6400 control sensors.


The data centre has a Tier III design certificate as well as a Leed Gold certificate, a mark of sustainability and energy efficiency.


With 312 earthquake isolation units, it can withstand earthquakes of magnitudes of up to 9.0 on the Richter scale. All walls and doors of the building are fire-resistant.


Kaan Terzioglu, CEO of Turkcell said, “As the global landscape of industrial production shifts to an ICT-focused mode with Industry 4.0, storing data safely and securely, and attaining the ability to analyse it become essential.


“With this new data center, we are providing the infrastructure for Turkey-based companies to benefit from these capabilities using the state-of-the-art technology at the highest global standards.


“With our technology leadership in Turkey and international collaborations, we will establish a new Silk Road of information on fiber, and contribute to raising the profile of our country as a regional hub of information.”


Turkcell is the leading provider of fiber services in Turkey and in addition to Turkey’s data traffic, 50% of the data traffic to Georgia, Iraq and Iran goes through the Turkcell network.


With the new data center in Gebze, Turkcell has tripled its total data center space to 52000 m2. However, in the next 18 months, the company has two further data centres in Ankara and Izmir, the second and the third largest cities of Turkey.

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