Nov 5, 2020

SpaceDC opens Tier III data centre in Jakarta

Data Centres
Harry Menear
2 min
SpaceDC - with backing from GIC - has opened a new 1.45MW colocation facility in the Indonesian capital
SpaceDC - with backing from GIC - has opened a new 1.45MW colocation facility in the Indonesian capital...

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. 

“With Indonesia having Southeast Asia’s largest population, and the region’s largest digital economy, it only made sense for us to open our first facility in this market,” SpaceDC CEO Darren Hawkins told KrASIA in an interview. 

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 report predicted that the region’s data centre market will grow at a CAGR of 11% between 2019 and 2025. Another report from the Asia Development Bank 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.” 

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Jun 20, 2021

Schneider Electric reveals new IT Innovation report

3 min
Schneider Electric has released the Digital Economy and Climate Impact report revealing new innovations for sustainability and resiliency in data centres

Schneider Electric has released a new IT innovations report titled “Digital Economy and Climate Impact”, with the aim of gaining an understanding of how digitised and smart applications will be powered in the future. The company says that the report predicts that IT sector-related electricity demand is expected to increase by almost 50% by 2030. 

Despite this, the report also shows that emissions would not increase by more than 26% by the same year, following the decarbonisation of the electricity system. In an attempt to reduce this rise in emissions the Schneider Electric TM Sustainability Research Institute recommends continued efforts in achieving efficiencies on the IT and energy sides at both the component and system levels. 

The report highlights how the rise of edge computing technologies require a “specific focus” due to these systems being less efficient than hyperscale data centres. “When the world locked down, it also logged on and internet traffic soared,” said Pankaj Sharma, EVP, Secure Power, Schneider Electric. 

“It’s misleading to assume that digital activity will inevitably result in a deeply problematic increase in CO2 emissions. The analysis from the Schneider Electric Sustainability Institute puts to rest many of the worst-case scenario claims predicting IT-related electricity use will double every five years. That said, as an industry, we must remain vigilant in finding new sources of sustainability gains while ensuring resiliency as digital keeps life moving forward”, he added. 

As well as the release of the report, Schneider Electric also announced several updates to its EcoStruxure IT data center infrastructure management software, Galaxy VL 3-phase uninterruptable power supply (UPS), introducing an industry-leading single-phase UPS, the APC™ Smart-UPS™ Ultra. All introductions are designed to advance the industry forward in meeting sustainability goals while increasing the resiliency of IT and data centre infrastructure, the company said. 

Managing hybrid data center and edge IT environments

Also showcased in Schneider Electric’s report are the increasing demands on digital consumption. According to the company, these create a more complex hybrid environment inclusive of enterprise, cloud, and edge data centres. Addressing the unique management challenges of a hybrid IT environment, Schneider Electric has announced updates to its EcoStruxure IT software to increase efficiency and resiliency, including:

  • Increased remote management capabilities: New granular remote device configuration features enable users to change configurations on one or more devices – including the new Galaxy VL and APC Smart-UPS Ultra single-phase UPS units – from one centralised platform with EcoStruxure IT Expert. This update, combined with previously released software insights on device security health, enables the user to identify faulty devices or configurations and address them in a matter of clicks, keeping their hybrid IT environment secure.
  • Improved environmental monitoring: Environmental monitoring systems ensure users have eyes and ears on data centre and IT deployments from anywhere, anytime. With this update, users can push mass configurations remotely for NetBotz cameras 750 and 755 quickly and efficiently increasing security across the critical infrastructure.
  • Enhanced remote capacity modeling and planning: With EcoStruxure IT Advisor’s new capabilities, users can remotely compare an unlimited number of racks and easily identify available capacity, view what assets are deployed and their dependencies.

Sharma concluded: “Schneider Electric has been focused on sustainability for the past 15 years and was recently named the most sustainable corporation in the world. We have embraced the mindset that future innovation will deliver better efficiency across the broader connectivity landscape. By making smart intentional choices, our industry can help mitigate how much electricity and emissions result from the rising appetite for digital technologies”.

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