Equinix expands presence in Singapore
In response to accelerated demand for cloud services in South East Asia (SEA), global data centre operator Equinix has announced the expansion of its footprint with a new International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Singapore.
The facility will be Equinix’s fifth IBX in Singapore, and represents an initial investment of $144mn across its first phase of construction. When the site comes online in the first half of 2021, SG5 will at first provide more than 1,300 cabinets of rackspace capacity for colocation and enterprise customers in the country.
The expansion, Equinix spokespersons said in a press release on Monday, is being driven by growing complexity in Singapore’s digital landscape, as enterprises increasingly adopt hybrid and multi-cloud approaches to their digital architecture.
Singapore’s Smart Nation Initiative is aligned with Equinix’s operations in the country, as the government works to promote rapid steps towards the digital transformation of its economy in order to “build resiliency and stay competitive” in an increasingly digitalised world.
, Group Vice President, of the APAC arm of market intelligence firm IDC, commented on the announcement, noting that, “Digital infrastructure is key to success and competitive advantage for enterprises in the next normal. IDC's CEO research in early 2020 showed that the leading priority among CEOs in Asia-Pacific is building a digital IT infrastructure that supports resilient operations and pervasive experiences. Equinix's investment in Singapore will further strengthen the country's digital infrastructure to support its Smart Nation journey as well as enterprise digitalization and resiliency."
Jeremy Deutsch, President of Equinix’s APAC operations also commented on the announcement: "As the global economy and the Asia-Pacific region continue to grow, we see a strong demand for digital infrastructure to support business growth. This is especially evident in Singapore, which is proving to be a key hub for digital business in the region. Traditional infrastructure is struggling to keep up with this digital demand, leading enterprises to explore hybrid and multi-cloud options to further their transformation. The SG5 IBX data center aims to create more opportunities for enterprises in the region to build a strong digital foundation, enabling them to develop into the digital leaders of tomorrow."
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.