Chindata Group spins up Asia's largest hyperscale facility
The facility, which is located on Chindata’s Taihang Mountain Energy and Information Technology Industrial Campus of the Pan-Beijing Area, located in the northern Chinese province of Shanxi, has a total capacity of 50MW and has been designed to meet the demands of high performance computing (HPC) and AI-based workloads.
The facility is also completely carrier neutral and built with shared standards and open architecture technology.
According to Chindata, the facility has been designed to accommodate massive IT loads, with a single server room able to support up to 18WM of IT capacity.
In order to support the kind of high-density computing that the facility has been designed for, Chindata has reportedly equipped it with state-of-the-art liquid cooling and power distribution systems.
“With more than 12 tailored pending or approved patents, this single data center is equipped with latest technologies, ranging from power distribution network, IT equipment, cooling system, to energy utilization, in support of the sustainable operation of this Asia's largest single hyperscale data center,” wrote the company in a press statement, adding that, “this campus boasts the most reliable power distribution network in China's data center industry in response to leading technology companies' power demands.”
Chindata operates hyper-dense clusters of IT infrastructure in China’s three major economic areas: Greater Beijing, the Yangtze River Delta and the Greater Bay Area. The company, which operates through two main subsidiary brands, Chindata and Bridge Data Centres, generates the majority of its revenue from its relationship with .
At the start of October, Chindata - which is financially backed by Bain Capital - issued an IPO on the US stock market, raising $540mn. The company was originally spun up in 2019, when Bain Capital merged together Bridge Data Centres and Chindata.
While the new Chindata facility may be APAC's largest data centre for now, ongoing hyperscale projects by companies like AirTrunk - which is building a 300MW facility in Tokyo - and Facebook may well see its supremacy be shortlived.
Equinix: Digital leaders expect changes to working patterns
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 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.