Nov 9, 2020

Chindata Group spins up Asia's largest hyperscale facility

Data Centres
Harry Menear
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The 50MW facility located in Shanxi province is the largest single hyperscale data centre in the APAC region
The 50MW facility located in Shanxi province is the largest single hyperscale data centre in the APAC region...

Chindata Group, one of China’s leading domestic data centre operators, has officially launched the largest single hyperscale data centre in the APAC region.

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 TikTok owner ByteDance.

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. 

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Jun 22, 2021

NKG1 opens BDx Nanjing data centre campus

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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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