Russia’s Obit plans data center and vertical farm in St. Petersburg

Russian IT firm Obit is planning a new data center in St. Petersburg.

The company this week announced it will lease land from ITMO Highpark JSC to build a facility in the ITMO Highpark in Yuzhny satellite city, a new district of St. Petersburg.

Obit plans to build a data center on the land plot with a complex of vertical farms. Excess heat release from data center equipment to maintain the temperature in the farm.

The company plans to invest around two billion rubles ($22.1m) in the project. According to, the facility will have the capacity for 512 racks.

“It is no secret that data centers consume a huge amount of energy, but without them, it is difficult to imagine the further development of the IT industry. By directing excess heat from our data center to secondary use, we expect to reduce the negative effects of digitalization. I am very glad that ITMO Highpark, as an innovative platform where breakthrough products and solutions will be created, has become a pioneer in this area and provided us with the opportunity to implement this non-standard, bold, and certainly important project,” said Andrey Guk, general director of Obit.


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