Yandex data center threatened as Finnish electricity firms reluctant to supply p

Started by Klesk666, Jun 27, 2022, 04:31 AM

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Russian search engine Yandex's Finnish data center is at risk of going offline because Finnish power firms are reluctant to supply power while Yandex is being closely monitored by Finnish authorities over concerns of anti-Ukrainian propaganda.

Finnish news publication yle reported yesterday that the server farm has been running on a diesel generator for nearly two weeks and the Russian-based firm has been unable to reconnect to Finland's grid because it has not secured a contract with an electricity supplier, after its provider ended a five-year agreement a few months into the deal.

While Yandex is not on a sanctions list, its former deputy CEO and executive director resigned after being placed on an EU sanctions list in March.

This is the only Yandex data center outside of Russia.

We had this happen to us in Manhattan for one of our colocation places they forced us out of a larger cage into smaller space broken up into two cages to make room for Microsoft. I don't blame them wanting the larger client. However, I was quite pissed as we got forced to disrupt our clients and everything.

So many contracts have a lot of BS in them. However, it's also needed at some point as well to prevent crap customers doing shady things.
Personally I would highly suggest a lawyer going over your contracts to ensure you are not hosed.


As practice has shown, the entire sanctions policy against Russia either does not work, or works only partially. At the same time, sanctions often "hit" the Europeans themselves, but since they are initiated mainly from the United States, the European "executors" themselves suffer losses.

In this case, the Finnish measures do not cause direct damage to the owners of the data center, but they have far-reaching consequences in the future.


If suddenly the Yandex data center is no longer available, you can always find a replacement for it. There are many reliable companies. Although Yandex is a giant in its industry in the Russian market. But now many companies are suffering because of the sanctions, so we need to be careful when choosing partners so that our projects do not suffer because of the sanctions.
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Finnish electric power companies refuse to sign electricity contracts with the Russian search engine Yandex, which has a data processing center near Helsinki.
Euractiv writes about this, reports "European Truth".

The data center, which has been operating since 2015, is located in the city of Mantsjala, about 50 km north of Helsinki. It is the only one located in the West, the others are in Russia.

Since 2015, its waste heat has provided about 76% of the district's district heating supply.
However, in March, the CEO of the company was included in the list of sanctions, after which he resigned. The company itself was not sanctioned.
But Finnish electricity suppliers have expired contracts, and Yandex has not yet found a new supplier. Since the end of April, the data center has been powered by a diesel generator and disconnected from the Finnish grid.

The Finnish authorities consider the company as a possible distributor of fake news. Communications Minister Timo Harakka acknowledged that "Yandex is under close surveillance."