Thursday, November 23, 2017

Singapore’s leading $12bn telco opens 570,000 sqf data centre

Facility set to help develop the west side of the city to widen technology hub’s prominence.

Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) has opened one of the largest data centres in the city-state as the Singaporean government keeps working to make Jurong on the west side of the city the next largest regional and commercial hub outside the Central Business District.

The seven-story S$400m ($279.1m as of January 6) data centre has 570,000 sqf, a power capacity of 36MW and is a Tier-3+ facility compliant facility.

Named DC West, the hub has a 2N power redundancy system for its Diesel Rotary Uninterruptible Power Supply (DRUPS) and uses water cooled chillers with N+1 closed loop chilled water distribution system.

Singtel, which has revenues in the excess of $12bn, said the data centre has been designed “to meet the much-needed security and reliability demanded by next-gen power-intensive deployments“.

Bill Chang, CEO of Singtel’s Group Enterprise, said: “This new data centre is designed to meet the critical hosting needs of the financial services industry, government agencies, and cloud and Internet service providers.

“It enables Singtel to attract and host world-class cloud players in Singapore and position the country as a global hub for cloud computing and innovation.”

With the addition of DC West, Singtel has expanded its footprint to 13 data centres in the APAC region, with nine in Singapore and two each in Hong Kong and Australia.

The company also has over 22 partner data centres across China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Europe and the USA.

Chang said: “This enlarged footprint enables businesses to use Singtel’s regional hosting capabilities to grow and connect their operations within Singapore and the region, seamlessly.”

Singapore is undergoing a deep digital revolution with the construction of several new data centres to cope with new technologies demand that span from smart city projects to driverless cars and enterprise needs.

According to Structure Research, the colocation market in Singapore is expected to surpass $883m in revenues in 2017.

In addition to Singtel’s opening, another company launching a data centre in Singapore was Telin Singapore, a unit of Telkim Indonesia, which in November 2016 brought online a Tier IV 215,000 sqf facility.

French cloud provider OVH has also made the list of companies sitting in Asia’s tech hub with the opening of a data centre back in October 2016.