Vertiv invests €10mn in modular data centre factory
UK-based data centre operator, Vertiv, is looking to capitalise on a growing trend throughout the industry of increased demand for modular, plug-and-play prefabricated data centre designs. The company announced last week that it is investing €10mn into the construction of a new factory in Rugvica, Croatia to support its integrated modular solutions business throughout EMEA.
Giordano Albertazzi, Vertiv’s president of EMEA operations, explained that, while “We hear a lot about IT trends and the upcoming advances in technologies such as of 5G, IoT, and AI,” there is a lack of discourse surrounding “the innovative physical infrastructure that’s behind it.”
Albertazzi added: “We are seeing strong growth in the adoption of prefabricated modular solutions to support these new technologies, and as market leaders we are investing both in capacity and innovation to continue to meet our customers’ needs and stay ahead of the curve.”
The new site, Albertazzi continued, will allow Vertiv to better cater to the increased demand for more modular data centre designs, and is “reflective” of Vertiv’s continued investment in the markets in which it operates.
Viktor Petik, VP for Vertiv’s IMS business in EMEA, added that its projects throughout EMEA have created 150 jobs in the past year, mostly filled by “engineering or skilled professionals from this region.”
Petik added: “The Rugvica factory boasts all the latest technologies, production processes, tools and testing labs. The facility is designed to provide a complete range of prefabricated modular solutions, from cable landing stations powering the internet and connecting geographies, to bespoke data centre building blocks.”
The prefabricated data centre modules produced by the Rugvica factory will reportedly range from IT and facility-specific designs - intended to slot into existing data centre architectures to boost performance and capacity - to all-in-one elements containing cooling, power and computing hardware that allow for a more “plug-and-play” approach. These all in one systems - which are likely to be built on a micro-scale and fit inside single rooms or shipping containers, have applications for the “education, industrial, and healthcare” industries, “as well as remote and harsh environments.”
By selling complete, closed data centre modules, Vertiv’s press team adds that the set-up time - as well as the initial CapEx - for these modules will be significantly reduced.
“Wherever there is a high density of data processing, there will be a demand for edge computing. That demand, and scale, will necessitate more resilient and intelligent edge infrastructure,” said Albertazzi in an earlier interview with Data Centre Magazine. “We are seeing expansion of the edge in many countries and that will eventually extend to emerging markets. Edge deployments are also closely aligned to other key trends such as 5G and environmental sustainability, and the integration of edge sites with energy grids can support the transition towards renewables.”
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.