Tencent Cloud spins up first Indonesian data centre
The new internet data centre (IDC) “further emphasises” Tencent Cloud’s commitment to the market, which is one of the fastest-growing in APAC. Indonesia’s public cloud market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 25% to be worth more than $800mn by 2023. Tencent Cloud’s Jakarta IDC will, according to the company, be an instrumental tool in meeting this demand.
The facility is now operational, and is already home to several key anchor tenants from a variety of industries, including one of Indonesia’s digital challenger banks, Bank Neo Commerce; JOOX, a popular music and entertainment streaming platform; and Aestron, a real time communication as a service platform with more than 400mn users in 150 markets.
Tencent Cloud executives say that the launch represents an early step in the company’s “aggressive” growth strategy for the Southeast Asian region. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Tencent Cloud International’s senior vice president, Poshu Yeung, said that “This year we are going to be a lot more aggressive building out our [cloud] infrastructure ,” adding that, “I’m not going to disclose the exact number and the timeline, but I can highlight that likely it’s going to be another 30% to 50% growth in terms of the number of data centres.”
The launch of the new Jakarta data centre brings Tencent Cloud’s total global footprint to 27 different regions, with 61 discrete availability zones.
In a later statement to the press, Yeung said that, “With a population of 270 million, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world and the largest economy in Southeast Asia. Given that its population structure is younger, it has a huge internet demographic dividend and its mobile internet market is quickly developing. We are excited to launch our first Tencent Cloud IDC in Indonesia, aiming to help fully reach the peak of the country's promising cloud computing potential. We are also proud of how the new IDC epitomises our commitment to addressing current and future business needs in Indonesia and Asia, while strengthening our global network."
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.