Microsoft to build “50 to 100 new data centres each year”
The announcement that Microsoft is building a new cluster of data centres has become a regular fixture of the data centre industry’s news cycle. Now, it seems as though the frequency of these announcements is going to increase dramatically.
In on Tuesday, the company revealed that Microsoft’s global cloud expansion will not only see the company enter 10 new countries this year alone, but that the tech giant is on track to build “between 50 and 100 new data centres each year for the foreseeable future.”
Microsoft currently operates more than 200 data centres around the world, which support its existing and planned Azure Cloud operations in 34 countries, and are connected by over 165,000 miles of subsea cable.
If the announcement - which is attributed to Noelle Walsh, a corporate VP responsible for leading Microsoft’s Cloud and Innovation team - is true, that would mean we’re about to see the Washington-based tech giant almost quadruple its data centre portfolio before the end of 2025. That would make it one of the most significant private infrastructure projects in history.
Courtesy of Microsoft
It also comes as something of a surprise, given that last year Microsoft said it would be scaling back investment in its data centre business due to global server component shortages. Now, it would seem that - - Microsoft has found a way past the supply chain disruptions of the pandemic (not to mention the independent shortage of components like microchips) and is ready to forge ahead at pace.
While the impressive claim about its rate of global expansion is certainly the most newsworthy element of Microsoft’s blog post, the piece is ostensibly meant to trumpet the launch of of one of its facilities - something few people ever got to do in person, even before the pandemic.
The tour “makes the cloud real for people and less high-tech and highfalutin,” said Walsh.
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.