Digital Realty opens third data centre in Singapore
Texas-based data centre industry leader Digital Realty has opened its third data centre in Singapore. , the facility, known as Digital Loyang II or SIN12, is the company’s largest in Singapore to date, delivering 50 MW of critical IT capacity to support enterprise colocation needs throughout the country.
The opening of Digital Loyang II brings Digital Realty's investment in SIngapore to more than $1bn.
In a statement to the press, he added that the opening of Digital Loyang II “underscores our long-term commitment to support the country's digital economy. The transition to the digital economy has impacted the way companies across all industries create and deliver value. There's a growing need for a combination of open interconnection and next-generation colocation that will reduce the complexity of digital transformation. Expanding our footprint in Singapore will enable us to better help our customers enhance their digital transformation efforts and scale their digital business models regionally as well as globally."
Digital Loyang II is located approximately 25km from SIngapore’s central business district, immediately adjacent to the company’s existing flagship facility in Singapore, Digital Loyang I, or SIN11.
Digital Loyang II - Courtesy of Digital Realty
Both facilities are now connected to a diverse array of fibre routes, including a wealth of dark fibre, which will allow tenants at both data centres to access a connected data community of network and service providers on Digital Realty's open global platform.
The facilities also connect directly to Digital Realty’s other Singaporean data centre, Digital Jurong, which sits on Singapore’s West Side.
The addition of this massive, multi-storey facility is, according to Digital Realty, a direct response to hugely increased demand in the Singapore market - demand which has continued to rise in the face of ongoing sustainability concerns over the country’s access to renewable power (it imports the vast majority of its fuel, natural gas, from Indonesia and Malaysia) and a governmentally imposed moratorium on new data centre builds, which has been in place since 2019.
Despite these factors, Singapore was recently ranked fifth on . The market is expected to continue growing over the coming decade as Singapore continues to embrace digitalisation and the cloud, making it an attractive target market for overseas investment.
Christian Koschil, Digital Attaché at the US Embassy in SIngapore, commented enthusiastically on the announcement, saying that, "Digital Realty's continued investment in Singapore builds upon the strong existing business and investment ties between the United States and Singapore. Both countries rank highly in terms of digital competitiveness and are committed to building a robust digital economy at a global level."
He added: "We believe Digital Realty's expansion in Singapore will further strengthen the Republic's standing as a global connectivity gateway. We also applaud Digital Realty's commitment to sustainability in their operations, as tackling climate change requires a collective response from all stakeholders – in government and the private sector."
You can read more about Digital Realty's pan-APAC expansion in the April edition of Data Centre Magazine - coming later this week - where we'll be talking to Mark Phong, Digital Realty's VP of APAC and Japanese operations about site selection, sustainability and Digital Loyang II.
NUS and NTU launch cooling project for tropical data centres
The National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), have announced a project in an attempt to source and develop new cooling solutions for data centres located in tropical areas. According to the companies, the programme costs S$23mn (US$17.1mn) and plans to research, build and test innovative and sustainable cooling solutions.
The Sustainable Tropical Data Centre Testbed (STDCT)
The NUS and NTU say that the Sustainable Tropical Data Centre Testbed (STDCT) will act as a research point and innovation hub for the project. Facebook, along with the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF), is also involved, providing funding for the programme. Further support from other partners includes the Infocomm Media Development Authority, Ascenix, CoolestDC Keppel Data Centres, Red Dot Analytics, and New Media Express.
Commenting on working with the companies, Facebook Vice President of Infrastructure, Alex Johnson, said: “We are excited about the opportunity to partner NUS, NTU, Keppel Data Centres and the CoolestSG community to develop innovative solutions that reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption of the average data centre, particularly those located in tropical areas like Singapore”.
The NTU and NUS highlight that Singapore houses 60% of Southeast Asia’s total data centre market, and aims to supply 12% of the country’s total energy needs by 2030. This results in the need to reduce the carbon footprints and power consumption of data centres, meaning more innovative cooling solutions are required, the NTU and NUS said.
Professor Chen Thuan, Deputy President of Research & Technology at the NUS, said: “Data centres are a critical enabler of the digital economy, but the average data centre can exert a significant environmental burden. Aligned with RIE 2025, sustainability is a key research focus of NUS, and our researchers have deep expertise in developing integrated solutions for tropical, urban and Asian settings”.
How will the Sustainable Tropical Data Centre Testbed (STDCT) help to provide cooling solutions?
According to the NUS and NTU, the STDCT will be built using equipment such as a novel desiccant-coated heat exchanger and a StatePoint Liquid Cooling System (SPLC) designed by both Nortek Air Solutions and Facebook. The institutions also say they will adopt chip-level hybrid cooling to ensure servers remain cool.
Furthermore, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) will aim to manage the “smart operations” of the technologies so that the data centres are water and power efficient, as well as able to preserve equipment and servers.
The NTU and NSU said in a joint statement the combination of the cooling technologies could reduce energy consumption “significantly” and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25%, compared to traditional air-cooled data centres. If adopted industry-wide across the entire tropical region, the energy usage of the data centre industry could potentially be lowered by at least 40%”, the companies said.
The STDCT is expected to be operational by 1 October 2021.