Chindata pledges carbon neutrality by 2030
This self-described moonshot will see Chindata commit to investing in clean energy in China, targeting a total installed capacity of more than 2GW by 2030. All of the company’s hyperscale facilities will be powered by 100% renewable energy by the end of the decade.
The company has already signed renewable energy contracts with local governments in Datong and Zhangjiakou totalling more than 1,300MW of installed capacity.
In 2019, Chindata - which purports to take proximity to renewable sources like solar and wind power into serious consideration when selecting new sites for construction - achieved a renewable energy mix of 37% across its portfolio.
In order to get that number up, Chindata will not only be working to support the growth of renewable power generation in China (as well as India and Malaysia, where the company also operates several hyperscale facilities) but also taking steps to increase the efficiency of its existing and planned infrastructure.
Also in 2019, Chindata used a combination of “advances in green technology in green building, IT equipment, and cooling systems” to achieve an average annual PUE of 1.21, around 27.5% lower than the industry average of 1.67 for data centres with higher than 20MW of IT load capacity.
The facility, located in the city of Datong, in the northern province of Shanxi, has a total IT load capacity of 50MW, making it the largest single building data centre in the region. The site handles hyperscale cloud and high performance computing workloads, and is reportedly taking full advantage of local renewable energy resources.
"The company should seize opportunities to make full use of the integration of data centres and renewable energy to turn Datong's advantage in energy to the advantage in strategic newly emerged industries," commented Zhang Jifu, secretary of the Datong municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China.
Chindata - which is financially backed by Bain Capital - issued an IPO on the US stock market, raising $540mn in October of 2020. 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.