SpaceDC opens Tier III data centre in Jakarta
Singapore-based data centre operator SpaceDC has officially launched a new data centre in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. The facility, JAK2, is a carrier neutral facility with 1.45MW of IT load capacity and Tier III certification from the Uptime Institute.
The facility is located in a two storey building 15 kilometres from the city’s central business district. The facility is connected to a diverse network of fibre routes connected to several of Indonesia’s leading internet service providers.
In order to increase sustainability, JAK2 is among the first Indonesian data centres to use Selective Catalytic Reduction systems to reduce the carbon footprint of its diesel backup generators. The company uses the same technology at its ID01 campus. Upon launch, SpaceDc reported that JAK2 is now operating at a PUE of 1.3, far below the regional average for electricity consumption.
JAK2 has been developed in partnership with GIC, a sovereign wealth fund operated by the government of Singapore established in 1981 to oversee the overseas investment of the country’s wealth.
SpaceDC already operates a 24MW hyperscale data centre, JAK1, in the city, which aims to be Indonesia’s first LEED platinum rated data center of its kind.
Earlier this year, SpaceDC was responsible for the launch of the first OCP-ready data centre in APAC, a step which the OCP described as demonstrating the growing awareness of creating highly efficient facilities designed for the new wave of open infrastructure deployments.
“As the first OCP Colo Solution Provider in Asia, this certification certainly affirms SpaceDC's mission of being an efficient, reliable and scalable data center platform for businesses looking to expand in the region. By being OCP certified, we've distinguished ourselves as a brand whom our customers can depend on for world-class data center solutions," commented Hawkins at the time.
The Indonesian data centre market is expanding rapidly. A recent predicted that the region’s data centre market will grow at a CAGR of 11% between 2019 and 2025. Another noted that “With this growth is the potential for significant energy savings in Indonesian data centers. Presently, many well-known technologies and practices of varying costs that data center operators can deploy to improve their data center energy efficiency are available.”
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.