Digital Realty to build 48 MW data centre in Silicon Valley
San Francisco based data centre operator is expanding its capacity in the heart of Silicon Valley. On Thursday, the company announced plans to construct a 430,000 square foot, four-storey hyperscale data centre.
The facility will, upon completion, add a further 48 MW of capacity to Digital Realty’s Santa Clara connected campus, in response to growing global demand for the digital infrastructure to support Industry 4.0.
The investment will likely be seen as good news by Californian tech firms and government bodies, considering Digital Realty's recent decision to move its corporate headquarters to Austin, Texas - part of a trend that's sparked general concern for California's future as the home of US tech. Continued digital infrastructure investment from Digital Realty points to the firm's relationship with California being far from moribund.
Digital Realty plans for the project to support the digital strategies of Bay Area enterprises by providing increased hosting capabilities and interconnection - including direct access to Amazon Web Service and IBM Cloud.
“We are committed to providing our Bay Area customers and partners a future growth path that will overcome data gravity barriers and support their digital ambitions,” said Tony Bishop, Digital Realty Senior Vice President, Platform, Growth & Marketing.
“Today’s announcement marks another milestone on the roadmap for extending the global reach of PlatformDIGITAL and will spur continued opportunities for innovation at the heart of the vibrant tech community in Silicon Valley.”
Digital Realty is also interconnecting its Santa Clara campus with those in Oakland and Sanfrancisco by means of a ring of dark fibre running through some of California’s most densely populated and heavily digitalised urban areas. “As a result, enterprises deploying critical infrastructure at the new facility will be just a cross-connect away from any other on Digital Realty’s Bay Area connected campuses,” said a company spokesperson on Thursday.
Keeping it Green
The new facility is being designed in keeping with Digital Realty’s stringent sustainability standards.
Saratoga-based real estate developer, Pelio & Associates, which focuses on data centre development, is partnering with Digital Realty on the project. With their assistance, the new data centre will reportedly be built using recycled concrete and steel, and is aiming to meet LEED Gold energy efficiency standards.
The facility will also be equipped with electric vehicle charging ports for its staff, and be equipped with rooftop photovoltaic arrays in order to reduce its drain on the California grid. Digital Realty has also confirmed that the new data centre, along with the rest of its Santa Clara campus, will be participating in an ongoing partnership with Nalco Water announced in 2019. The project aims to reduce Digital Realty's impact on the Silicon Valley potable watershed by 10mn gallons annually.
"We believe being a responsible corporate citizen entails evaluating the environmental footprint of our data centers and taking the steps to continuously improve," said Danny Lane, senior vice president, Global Operations, for Digital Realty.
NKG1 opens BDx Nanjing data centre campus
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.