Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis inaugurated the new Athens-3 data center on Thursday, at the Athens Data Center Campus in Koropi.
In 2019 Greece was in the US Department of Commerce’s 301 Tariff Actions & Exclusion Process list, noted Pierrakakis, “a list you don’t want to be in.”
But together with Development & Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis, said Pierrakakis, and “with synchronized actions we got off that list, but along the way we realized that we needed to bring investments into the Cloud domain.”
Pierrakakis added that now Greece can claim to have one of the most innovative Cloud strategies in the European Union, “what we refer to as Cloud First Policy”. He explained that the public sector was transformed into a cloud-services client, “either on premise-Cloud or public Cloud.”
This digital transition was achieved in record-breaking time, he said, and “bears no resemblance to the infrastructure we took over from in 2019.”
Athens-3 has a 6.8 megawatts (MW) of IT capacity, the largest in Greece, occupies a facility of 8,600 square meters and is powered exclusively by green sources. It was built by LamdaHellix, a Digital Realty company.
The new facility will form part of the Athens Data Center Campus located on the outskirts of Athens, and it will be interconnected to the existing facilities, Athens-1 and Athens-2.