Aug 19, 2020

NTT expands global coverage with nine new data centres

Data Centres
Harry Menear
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The Japanese telecom's massive expansion project will see it open facilities across multiple global hotspots in the next year
The Japanese telecom's massive expansion project will see it open facilities across multiple global hotspots in the next year...

Japanese telecom NTT announced on Tuesday that its Global Data Centres division is undergoing a massive global expansion. 

The initiative will see the company grow its worldwide colocation platform with the opening of nine new data centre facilities located in key data centre hotspots around the world. 

“Organisations today demand an ever-expanding global platform to reach their growing digital business objectives,” said Masaaki Moribayashi, Senior Executive Vice President, Services for NTT Ltd. “That’s why we continue to expand our portfolio of the best data centres in new and existing markets that complement our global geographic footprint.”

The company, which currently operates a platform with over 500,000 sqm of colocation space across 160 data centres located in more than 20 countries and regions, has also announced that it has plans in place for 2021 to develop new data centres in Johannesburg, Silicon Valley, Madrid, and Phoenix, as well as building additional capacity in Mumbai, London, Vienna, Zurich, Berlin and Frankfurt.

Some of the facilities in this expansion plan are slated to go online in Q3 2020, with more slated for Q4 and two projects predicted to go live in the first half of 2021. 

In Mumbai, India, NTT is almost ready to go live with its Mumbai 7 project, a 25 MW capacity facility, which brings the company’s total load on the Chandivali Campus to 61 MW, with strong fiber connection to the city and beyond. 

In London, NTT is opening its sixth data centre in the metro area, delivering an additional 8 MW initially with the potential to handle 64 MW of IT load at full buildout. The London 1 facility will interconnect with NTT’s five existing data centres around London to deliver over 100MW of IT load when fully completed. The London 1 Data Centre is located in Dagenham, east London. 

NTT is also expanding its coverage of Tokyo, with a new facility scheduled for Q3 launch, although the company hasn’t shared any details regarding its capacity. The company already operates five data centre facilities in Tokyo and another two in nearby Osaka. 

Global Data Centres is also steaming ahead with a major project in Hillsboro, Oregon. The state has emerged over the last year or so as a promising hot spot for the Western US’ data centre market, thanks largely to low electricity costs and its strong fiber links with the APAC region and Canada. NTT is in the process of pre-leasing space at its first data centre campus in Hillsboro. A 6 MW facility is expected to come online there in Q3, constructed in an existing building that is being repurposed, and will eventually be part of a five data centre campus with a combined capacity of 144 MW. 

Speaking of data centre hotspots in the US, NTT is also expanding its presence in Ashburn, Virginia, the country’s “data centre alley” and one of the most sought after places to construct such facilities in the world. The two-story Ashburn 5 Data Centre will offer 32 MW of IT load at full buildout, with 8 MW set to be ready in Q3 2020. This will bring NTT’s total Ashburn footprint to 108 MW across the company’s five buildings.

A 14 MW facility in Munich Germany, a 5.6 MW facility in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, and a massive 72 MW project in Chicago (scheduled to come online at 6 MW) are all slated for Q4 2020 and beyond. 

Lastly, NTT is also aiming to bring online a new campus in Jakarta, Indonesia in the first half of next year, with a predicted maximum capacity of 45 MW. Upon full buildout, the campus, known as the Jakarta 3 Data Centre, will be the largest data centre in Indonesia.

“We are pleased to leverage our deep construction expertise and the strength of our capital resources to extend our line of data centre facilities – with more to come,” said Ryuichi Matsuo, Executive Vice President for NTT’s Global Data Centres division. “By increasing our global footprint during this pandemic, we can support our clients as their demand increases for reliable, robust cloud services, cloud communications, digital entertainment, and new technology such as artificial intelligence.”

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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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