A tender to set up the National Public Integrated Data Center is expected soon.

Recent development

After announcing its intention in 2013 to create a National Public Integrated Data Center to unify the data centers of all Turkish public institutions, Turkey took the next step, amending the Law on Electronic Communications to authorize the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications to establish a National Public Integrated Data Center.

The amended law entered into force on April 15; the Ministry is now authorized to commence procedures for the creation of the National Public Integrated Data Center. Due to the complexity of the project and risks involved, the Ministry will tender establishment of the National Public Integrated Data Center.

Background

A Public Integrated Data Center is a single, centralized data system that maintains and manages the data systems of multiple public institutions. The National Public Integrated Data Center is intended to reduce operating and other costs and create a better and more secure public data system. Possible disadvantages of an integrated system include the logistical challenges of large-scale orchestration, the complexity of organizing such a vast system and the danger of concentrating risks in a single system, creating a need for higher information and cyber crime-related security standards.

Actions to consider

Tendering for the national data center may be for the entire project or partial, with separate tenders for different technical portions. Companies interested in participating in the tender should watch for formal announcements.