NTT opens new Silicon Valley data centre
Japanese telecoms company NTT announced this week that its Global Data Centres Americas division has opened a new 16 megawatt data centre in the region of Silicon Valley in California.
The announcement, which was made on 13 April, saw the opening of the new SV1 centre become NTT' sixth U.S. campus and third data centre opening this year after three other campuses in Chicago, Illinois, and Oregon in February.
An additional data centre VA5 is also opening this year, expanding NTT's Ashburn campus.
Talking of the announcement, Doug Adams, CEO for the Global Data Centers Americas division of NTT Ltd., said: “We are excited to open this new data center in the highly sought-after Silicon Valley market as it represents the next step in our strategic expansion to all key U.S. markets.
"We’re continuing to put our clients at the center by meeting them where they want to be – in this case in the tech capital of the world – and evaluating options for future expansion," he added.
According to NTT, the construction of the SV1 is designed around earthquake protection with an advanced base isolation system in place to absorb and reduce shocks from major earthquakes.
VP of Construction and Design for the Global Data Centers Americas division of NTT Ltd., Brittany Miller, said: “All providers in the Santa Clara region build data centers to withstand earthquakes, but our base isolation design goes a step further.
"Not only does it protect the physical four-story building, but it also protects the mission-critical IT equipment and infrastructure inside the building from strong earthquakes.
"This system has been proven to work in several data centers in Japan, which is known for having severe earthquakes, and we wanted to add that extra peace of mind for our clients in Silicon Valley," she said.
The building consists of a combination of triple-friction pendulum pedestals and viscous dampers to dissipate energy and reduce building displacement, claims NTT.
The data centre includes 64,000 sq. ft of data floor space and is a total of four storeys high with "vaults to support the demands of organisations of any size, " NTT says.
The company also states that the SV1 comes with "plenty of on-site amenities", which include business-ready conference rooms, eight hoteling stations equipped with WiFi, and a break room with a dedicated lounge and kitchen area.
Ryuichi Matsuo, Executive Vice President for NTT Ltd.’s Global Data Centers division, said: “The Silicon Valley SV1 Data Center reinforces our investment in the U.S. data center market and commitment to growth for our clients.
"With NTT’s flexible, scalable, secure infrastructure and full-stack services, SV1 will accommodate the needs of a variety of clients, helping them achieve their business objectives.
"Clients today are looking for a growing, worldwide data center provider and this adds one more to NTT’s global data center portfolio that spans more than 20 countries and regions, including our five other U.S. campuses," he said.
Equinix: Digital leaders expect changes to working patterns
A global report released by Equinix has revealed that digital leaders expect long-term changes to the way people work.
As part of the report, the data infrastructure company surveyed 2,600 IT decision-makers from several different businesses spanning 26 countries in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions. The study also highlighted the biggest technology trends affecting global businesses and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted digital infrastructure plans.
Talking about companies’ expansion strategies, Claire Macland, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Equinix, said: “Many companies are now investing more in their digital infrastructure to enable them to embrace a hybrid working model and thrive in the new world of work we all find ourselves in.
“Despite headwinds in many sectors, many organizations are continuing to expand physically and virtually into new markets and regions around the world”, she said.
The report drew the following conclusions:
- 64% of the 2,600 digital leaders surveyed believed there will be “long-term changes to both how and where people will work in the future.
- 57% of global companies intend to expand into new regions despite the effects of the pandemic
- 51% of businesses worldwide say they have rearchitected their IT infrastructure so that it can meet the demands of remote and hybrid working. Digital transformation has also been accelerated due to an increase in businesses’ technology budgets.
How might digital transformation be affected post-pandemic?
COVID-19 has demanded that companies make several changes to the way that they operate, including digital transformation. According to the study, 47% of those surveyed reported that they have accelerated their digital transformation plans because of the Coronavirus pandemic. A further 42% of organisations said their budgets have increased to keep up with the growth of digital transformation.
Another change in adapting to the pandemic was to businesses’ IT strategies with six in 10 companies saying that it has been revised in response to the situation. 58% said they are looking to invest in technology to “improve agility’ post-COVID.
When asked about their priorities for their digital strategy, 80% of respondents said that digitising their infrastructure was of utmost importance, while 57% viewed interconnection as a ‘key facilitator’ of digital transformation.
"This increasing focus on digitization and expansion is one of the reasons why Equinix has continued to invest in its own growth. We completed 16 new expansions in 2020—our most active build year ever—and expect to continue to evolve Platform Equinix to support our customers as they continue on their digital transformation journey”, said Claire Macland.
Potential concerns disperse over expansion plans being halted by COVID-19
The study has also revealed that organisations’ previous concerns that the pandemic will negatively affect their business expansion plans have been lessened.
57% of businesses have said that they “still have plans” to expand into new regions and of that percentage, nearly two-thirds (63%) plan to do so virtually instead of investing in physical IT infrastructure.
The full Equinix report can be found here.