ST Telemedia recognised as leading provider in Singapore
ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (ST GDC) has been named as the recipient of the annual Singapore Data Centre Services Provider of the Year award. , the award is intended to recognise the outstanding level of service that ST GDC continues to deliver in the Singapore market.
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents a Company of the Year award to an organisation that it believes has excelled in terms of growth and innovation implementation. This is the second year that STC GDC has received the award. It was also recognised in 2019.
"STT GDC has maintained a strong focus on selected customer segments and aligned its value proposition to create customer value. Continued investments in Singapore, energy efficiency initiatives, and the use of emerging technologies for improved security have helped it stand out in an intensely competitive data centre market," said . "Its clear regional growth strategy is expected to further bolster its competitive advantage."
ST GDC’s current flagship facilities comprise the , which share a single campus in the east of Singapore. Both have an IT load capacity of 12MW, and together offer more than 10,000 square meters of lettable colocation space.
According to Frost & Sullivan, a key factor in giving the award to ST GDC was the company’s increased focus on physical and cyber security. The company employs X-ray scanning, metal detection, and armed guards at some of its sites.
"[ST GDC's] multi-geography footprint and a focus on continual improvements across operational procedures, design standards, and best practices have positioned it for continued growth in the highly challenging market," noted Khorana in the company’s press release.
NUS and NTU launch cooling project for tropical data centres
The National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), have announced a project in an attempt to source and develop new cooling solutions for data centres located in tropical areas. According to the companies, the programme costs S$23mn (US$17.1mn) and plans to research, build and test innovative and sustainable cooling solutions.
The Sustainable Tropical Data Centre Testbed (STDCT)
The NUS and NTU say that the Sustainable Tropical Data Centre Testbed (STDCT) will act as a research point and innovation hub for the project. Facebook, along with the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF), is also involved, providing funding for the programme. Further support from other partners includes the Infocomm Media Development Authority, Ascenix, CoolestDC Keppel Data Centres, Red Dot Analytics, and New Media Express.
Commenting on working with the companies, Facebook Vice President of Infrastructure, Alex Johnson, said: “We are excited about the opportunity to partner NUS, NTU, Keppel Data Centres and the CoolestSG community to develop innovative solutions that reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption of the average data centre, particularly those located in tropical areas like Singapore”.
The NTU and NUS highlight that Singapore houses 60% of Southeast Asia’s total data centre market, and aims to supply 12% of the country’s total energy needs by 2030. This results in the need to reduce the carbon footprints and power consumption of data centres, meaning more innovative cooling solutions are required, the NTU and NUS said.
Professor Chen Thuan, Deputy President of Research & Technology at the NUS, said: “Data centres are a critical enabler of the digital economy, but the average data centre can exert a significant environmental burden. Aligned with RIE 2025, sustainability is a key research focus of NUS, and our researchers have deep expertise in developing integrated solutions for tropical, urban and Asian settings”.
How will the Sustainable Tropical Data Centre Testbed (STDCT) help to provide cooling solutions?
According to the NUS and NTU, the STDCT will be built using equipment such as a novel desiccant-coated heat exchanger and a StatePoint Liquid Cooling System (SPLC) designed by both Nortek Air Solutions and Facebook. The institutions also say they will adopt chip-level hybrid cooling to ensure servers remain cool.
Furthermore, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) will aim to manage the “smart operations” of the technologies so that the data centres are water and power efficient, as well as able to preserve equipment and servers.
The NTU and NSU said in a joint statement the combination of the cooling technologies could reduce energy consumption “significantly” and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25%, compared to traditional air-cooled data centres. If adopted industry-wide across the entire tropical region, the energy usage of the data centre industry could potentially be lowered by at least 40%”, the companies said.
The STDCT is expected to be operational by 1 October 2021.