Legend: Dean Nelson, Infrastructure Masons
During the past year and a half, digital infrastructure has become more essential to life in the modern world than ever before. In the digital infrastructure sector, few people are as qualified or experienced to support the increasingly essential role of such infrastructure as Dean Nelson.
As the founder and Chairman of Infrastructure Masons, one of the most influential non-profit industry associations in the digital infrastructure space, Nelson has spend the past few years guiding the industry with a combination of extensive wisdom and passion.
Throughout his 30+ year career, Nelson has been guided by one question: “What’s next?” His relentless focus on overcoming complex hurdles and delivering on challenging projects has earned him a reputation as a facilitator and problem solver throughout the industry. In his capacity as Chairman of the Infrastructure Masons, Nelson brings together industry professionals, grows and develops relationships, and drives innovation.
Nelson has also served as the CEO of intelligent energy firm Virtual Power Systems, blurring the line between software and hardware to create some of the industry’s most innovative power solutions that unlock stranded power capacity in data centres.
Prior to entering the data centre industry, Nelson led the Metal team at Uber, responsible for the disruptive ride-sharing giant’s business functions serving its panoply of business units around the world. Prior to joining Uber, Nelson worked as the VP of global foundation services at eBay - leading the team that oversaw the integration and subsequent spin-off process surrounding the company’s PayPal acquisition. He’s a 17 year veteran of tech industry icon SunMicro, too.
His work developing the Digital Service Efficiency methodology (the first miles per gallon measurement for technical infrastructure), among his numerous other achievements, has earned him multiple awards, including his ranking among SearchDatacenter.com’s Top Five People Who Changed the Data Centre, and a Best DC Design award from the Uptime Institute.
Nelson is a firm believer that "digital infrastructure should contribute to the global economy and society without harming the planet. What we build makes the world work. How we build and operate it is just as important."
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.