Oct 28, 2020

Chayora TJ1 certified as China's first OCP-ready data centre

Data Centres
APAC
Open source
construction
Harry Menear
3 min
The Open Compute Project Foundation has certified Chayora Limited’s new Tianjin data centre as the first OCP-ready Chinese facility
The Open Compute Project Foundation has certified Chayora Limited’s new Tianjin data centre as the first OCP-ready Chinese facility...

In a milestone announcement for the Chinese data centre industry, the Open Compute Project Foundation has announced that the newly-completed Chayora TJ1 data centre is the first facility in China to receive an OCP Ready certification.

Located in the Chinese city of Tianjin, Chayora’s new data centre is being hailed as a one of a kind bridge between enterprise and hyperscale data center infrastructure. The facility has a capacity of 25,000 racks and up to 300 MVA of gross power. TJ1 is also strategically located near enough to Beijing’s central business district to provide latencies averaging less than 2 milliseconds per round trip. It will have an average power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.2, and be cloud and carrier neutral. 

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Chayora TJ1 - Courtesy of the Open Compute Project Foundation

All these criteria and more have conspired to earn TJ1 its OCP Ready status. 

“An OCP Ready data centre has been through a thorough peer review process and achieved recognition for implementing the industry’s best practices for efficiency and scale. These facilities provide cost and efficiency-optimised operation now and well into the future,” commented Mark Dansie, leader of the OCP Ready program.

The OCP Ready certification is a certification distributed by the Open Compute Project Foundation, an organisation dedicated to the distribution of open source methodologies and collaborative techniques across the data centre and adjacent industries. 

Originally a part of Facebook, the Open Compute Project Foundation was responsible for the social media company’s revolutionary data centre in Prineville, Oregon. A small team spent two years building a hyperscale data centre which ended up being 38% more energy efficient to build and 24% less expensive to run than the company’s previous facilities. Following the project’s success, Facebook spun out the Open Compute Project in collaboration with Intel, Rackspace, Goldman Sachs and Andy Bechtolsheim. 

Today, the Open Compute Project Foundation helps companies design new facilities and transition their existing legacy architectures for the modern age. 

Chayora, which is based in Hong Kong and offers data centre and ICT services almost exclusively to the Chinese market, now has its TJ1 facility listed on the Open Compute Project Foundation’s marketplace platform. "We could not be more delighted to join the OCP community and share our unique perspectives on opening such a magnificent facility in China. As the first OCP Ready facility in China, this certification confirms the absolute attention to world class design and build standards,” said Chayora COO, Jonathan Berney in a statement. 

Steve Helvie, Vice President of Channel Development for the Open Compute Project Foundation, added: "As the momentum for open hardware designs continues to grow in north Asia, having data centers that are optimised for OCP designs becomes increasingly important. Having Chayora as our first OCP Ready data center in China ensures those enterprises deploying OCP solutions that they will have a strong data center operator who understands open hardware and is committed to openness, scale and efficiency.” 

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May 13, 2021

Equinix: Digital leaders expect changes to working patterns

covid-19
DigitalTransformation
DigitalInfrastructure
Interconnection
3 min
A report released by Equinix has revealed that digital leaders expect long-term changes to how and where people will work.

A global report released by Equinix has revealed that digital leaders expect long-term changes to the way people work. 

As part of the report, the data infrastructure company surveyed 2,600 IT decision-makers from several different businesses spanning 26 countries in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions. The study also highlighted the biggest technology trends affecting global businesses and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted digital infrastructure plans. 

Talking about companies’ expansion strategies, Claire Macland, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Equinix, said: “Many companies are now investing more in their digital infrastructure to enable them to embrace a hybrid working model and thrive in the new world of work we all find ourselves in. 

“Despite headwinds in many sectors, many organizations are continuing to expand physically and virtually into new markets and regions around the world”, she said. 

The findings

The report drew the following conclusions: 

 

  • 64% of the 2,600 digital leaders surveyed believed there will be “long-term changes to both how and where people will work in the future.
  • 57% of global companies intend to expand into new regions despite the effects of the pandemic 
  • 51% of businesses worldwide say they have rearchitected their IT infrastructure so that it can meet the demands of remote and hybrid working. Digital transformation has also been accelerated due to an increase in businesses’ technology budgets. 

 

How might digital transformation be affected post-pandemic? 

COVID-19 has demanded that companies make several changes to the way that they operate, including digital transformation. According to the study, 47% of those surveyed reported that they have accelerated their digital transformation plans because of the Coronavirus pandemic. A further 42% of organisations said their budgets have increased to keep up with the growth of digital transformation. 

Another change in adapting to the pandemic was to businesses’ IT strategies with six in 10 companies saying that it has been revised in response to the situation. 58% said they are looking to invest in technology to “improve agility’ post-COVID. 

When asked about their priorities for their digital strategy, 80% of respondents said that digitising their infrastructure was of utmost importance, while 57% viewed interconnection as a ‘key facilitator’ of digital transformation. 

"This increasing focus on digitization and expansion is one of the reasons why Equinix has continued to invest in its own growth. We completed 16 new expansions in 2020—our most active build year ever—and expect to continue to evolve Platform Equinix to support our customers as they continue on their digital transformation journey”, said Claire Macland. 

Potential concerns disperse over expansion plans being halted by COVID-19 

The study has also revealed that organisations’ previous concerns that the pandemic will negatively affect their business expansion plans have been lessened. 

57% of businesses have said that they “still have plans” to expand into new regions and of that percentage, nearly two-thirds (63%) plan to do so virtually instead of investing in physical IT infrastructure. 

The full Equinix report can be found here. 


 

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