Jan 19, 2021

Green Datacentre begins construction of second Zurich campus

Data Centres
Harry Menear
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The $561.5mn campus will house three new data centres, as well as using excess heat to warm local homes...

Swiss data centre operator Green Datacentre has started construction on its second campus near Zurich.

The project, named the Zurich Metro Campus, is located in the town of Dielsdorf, about nine miles north of Zurich. Green Datacentre has revealed it is investing 500mn Swiss Francs (about $561.5mn) into the multi-stage construction project, with the first building phase scheduled to begin in Q1 of 2021, and the first data centre halls expected to come online in Q1 of 2022. 

The company has revealed that several of its key anchor clients have already agreed to come on board. 

The campus will be home to three large-scale, high-density data centres, and have a total footprint of more than 46,000 square metres - an area roughly equal to Times Square in New York. 

Green Datacentre is focusing on maintaining an “excellent PUE” across the facilities, which will have a high power density of more than 25 kilowatts per rack, as a way to target customers in the hyperscale cloud industry. 

In a statement to the press, Green Datacentre indicated that the campus is an embodiment of its sustainable ambitions. With more data centre operators throughout Europe pushing for a goal of carbon neutrality by 2030, Green Datacentre is using airflow simulations and advanced cooling systems in order to keep consumption low. 

The company has reportedly reached an arrangement with the local district heating authority in order to funnel excess heat from the campus in order to heat local homes. 

Green Datacentre is also ensuring the project is beneficial to the local economy, with the site scheduled to include three office buildings, commercial areas and green zones, as well as direct access to public transport links into Zurich and throughout the local municipality. Excess capacity in these office buildings (which are also being used to house the company’s own complement of staff) will be rented out to local businesses. 

In order to contribute to the upskilling of the local workforce, Green Datacentre is also expanding its apprenticeship program and providing instruction for trainees in the areas of business administration, computer science, cooling engineering and electrical installation. 

Prior to the announcement of the Zurich Metro Campus project, Green Datacentre operated five facilities in the Zurich metro area, including an 8MW expansion of its Zurich West campus, with additional plans for three more 11MW data centres on the site. 

The Zurich Metro Campus project will make Green Datacentre the first Swiss operator to run two fully-developed cloud hosting locations, further bolstering the geo-redundancy its portfolio and “making Switzerland even more attractive as a data location for both local and international companies.” 

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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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