Oct 30, 2020

Bluebird Network completes subterranean expansion project

Data Centres
Power
Critical Environments
colocation
Joanna England
2 min
The US data centre provider’s underground hub has undergone an $11.5mn expansion and is powered by Rolls Royce turbo engines - Courtesy of Bluebird Network
The US data centre provider’s underground hub has undergone an $11.5mn expansion and is powered by Rolls Royce turbo engines...

Located in Springfield, Missouri, Bluebird Network’s state-of-the-art underground data centre has just completed an $11.5mn expansion project.

The company announced its extensive plan in November 2019 to meet the requirements of enterprises shifting to increasingly bandwidth-hungry applications. The project has provided an additional 11,500sq of white space – bringing Bluebird's total capacity to 29,000sq.

Built in 2014, the futuristic facility is encased in solid limestone 85 feet below ground. It offers extreme protection measures against natural disasters as well as a host of security measures to protect hardware and data. These include a multi-layered security access system, including mantraps, restricted access, two, manned guard stations, video monitoring, key card access and biometric scanning.

Bluebird’s 2MW diesel-fuelled generators are powered by Rolls Royce v16 octo-turbo engines. With a total 6MW of off-grid power, the station can operate autonomously for an indefinite period.

The Tier 3 data centre’s expansion included upgrading the generating capabilities with 6MW of power, advanced lithium-ion Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) and new intelligent management systems to improve overall efficiency.

Currently powered by 40% renewable energy, the upgrade also included a total Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) platform implementation. The facility now offers enhanced, continuous operations monitoring to its customers. 

Speaking about the expansion, Michael Morey, President and CEO of Bluebird Network, said, “Our customers will reap the benefits of a world-class data centre with unparalleled security. Bluebird’s strengths and communications infrastructure offerings underpin the success of a digital world. We thrive on helping businesses, hospitals, governments and other operations run lightning fast every day while offering them a way to flexibly grow.”

He continued, “Being 85 feet below ground, a unique data centre like Bluebird Underground requires a unique expansion strategy to empower dynamic and growing requirements, and that’s exactly what this addition has accomplished for our customers.”

Recently, Bluebird launched the Springfield Internet Exchange (SpringIX). Hosted in the underground hub, the exchange is the first of its kind in the area. SpringIX enables members of the exchange to offload local traffic with other content providers. It is an additional feature that supports the communications infrastructure. 

Moray added, “Our tenants have everything they need, including colocation services, remote hands, high-bandwidth internet access, and multiple data transport options—all from the highly secure and highly reliable location that is the Bluebird Underground. We’re thrilled to bring these enhanced capabilities to market, building on our trusted partnerships with our customers and further establishing ourselves as a major provider in the Midwest.”

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Jun 22, 2021

NKG1 opens BDx Nanjing data centre campus

BDx
datacentres
COVID-19
Infrastructure
2 min
Big Data Exchange (BDx) launches the first phase of its Nanjing data centre campus in China with the opening of NKG1.

Big Data Exchange (BDx), a pan-Asian data centre company has launched its Nanjing data centre campus in China with the opening of its first facility, NKG1. The company said they “celebrated” the launch of the campus, located in the Yangtze River Delta, one of the nation's richest regions and its largest import and export base. 

Following its certificate of completion from the Urban and Rural Construction Bureau of Jiangning District in Nanjing City, the NKG1 campus is “now serving customers”. Construction on the Nanjing campus began in February last year. 

"We worked through the challenges of completing a major construction project during the peak of the pandemic because customers were anticipating this launch to support an unprecedented surge of growth and capacity requirements”, said Bill Gao, EVP & Chief Executive Officer of BDx Greater China. 

"The launch of NKG1 enables BDx to have new world-class data centre infrastructure in China. It also lays a solid foundation for BDx to provide OTTs, financial services institutions, and Fortune 500 MNC customers with high reliability, high redundancy, and low latency solutions”, he added. 

What does the NKG1 data centre include?

According to BDx, the NKG1 facility is the first data centre in the city to earn the Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Design Documents and offers 4MW of IT power for colocation. NKG1 is powered by two separate 10-kilovolt feeders from two substations that aim to provide the NKG campus with 60MVA of total power sanctioned from the grid.

During COVID-19, BDx says that its design and construction team focused on safety to ensure that the project was completed safely and without incident. This enabled the company to add critical capacity to this region and respond to the accelerated shift to digital environments that caused a surge in demand for data center services. “Research shows that demand hasn't dropped as the economy reopens”, BDx said. 

The launch of NKG2

Due to rising demand in China’s data centre market, BDx plans to launch the second phase of its Nanjing campus, NKG2, by the end of this year. “NKG2 is designed to be minimally manned and almost lights-out — a reigning philosophy across BDx's data center cluster. In addition, its highly automated features make for a more sustainable data center environment”, the company said.

 

 

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