Switch begins multi-megawatt expansion of the Citadel
Switch, an exascale data centre operator based in the US, has announced the signing of a multi-year, multi-million dollar, multi-megawatt (MW) contract with one of its existing clients.
This is the second major agreement this year, Switch having already completed a renewal and expansion order with a leading semiconductor manufacturer worth approximately $7mn in annual revenue in Q3.
The latest expansion for Switch’s e-commerce client will reportedly add a further 5MW commitment across Switch’s Core Campus and Citadel Campus, which is expected to contribute annualized revenue over $11mn.
In response to these sizable deals, Switch is accelerating its build out of the TAHOE RENO 2 data centre and beginning construction of a third data centre on the campus. The existing hyperscale facility, TAHOE RENO 1, is now more than 80% committed to clients.
Originally launched in February of 2017, the Citadel campus is one of four exascale facilities that Switch operates across the US, dividing the country into four major latency zones.
Upon spinning up, the Citadel’s TAHOE RENO 1 had a total capacity of 130MW across 1.3mn square feet. At full build out, the campus will have a monumental footprint of more than 7mn square feet, and deliver over 600MW of IT capacity, making it the largest and most advanced data centre campus in the world.
In accordance with Switch’s design philosophy, the additional data centres will be powered using 100% renewable energy, which is largely driven by one of the largest solar power purchase projects in the world.
"Accelerating development at our Citadel Campus reflects the strong customer demand for our strategically located, differentiated Tier 5 Platinum enterprise class exascale infrastructure," said "This ongoing development means new job creation and economic investment for Nevada's economy."
The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has driven demand for cloud and colocation services over the past year. In its Q3 earnings report, Switch announced that it had managed to maintain positive earnings growth in comparison to pre-pandemic 2019. The company reported total Q3 revenues of $128.8mn, representing a 5% increase year-on-year.
"Switch's strong third quarter results and bookings performance reflect our unrelenting drive to deliver superior value to customers and our commitment to sustaining profitable growth in 2020 and beyond," said Thomas Morton, President of Switch. "Customer demand remains robust across the four Primes, and the continued expansion from several of our largest customers demonstrates an appreciation for the value proposition delivered by Switch's technology ecosystems."
NKG1 opens BDx Nanjing data centre campus
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.