Nov 13, 2020

Huawei to invest $23mn in third Thai data centre

Data Centres
Harry Menear
2 min
This latest project cements Thailand’s position as the heart of Huawei’s operations in SEA...

This week, Chinese tech leader Huawei announced plans to invest a further $23mn into the construction of a new data centre in the Thai capital of Bangkok.

The data centre, which is scheduled to come online in 2021 (presumably Q3 or Q4, although details are sketchy about Huawei’s progress on the project so far) will be the company’s third data centre in the country. 

Speaking at a conference titled “Powering Digital Thailand 2021: Huawei Cloud and Connect" on Wednesday, Abel Deng, chief executive of Huawei Thailand, framed the investment as the latest step in Huawei’s plans to support Thailand’s emergence as a digital and economic leader in the region. 

"We have our mission, which is to grow in Thailand and contribute to Thailand," said Abel at the conference. 

Huawei’s two pre existing data centres in Thailand came online in 2018 and 2019, and are located in the country’s Eastern Economic Corridor and Bangkok, respectively. According to Abel, this latest investment is equal in expenditure to those made into each previous data centre. 

Abel added, "We are confident of Thailand's potential to become ASEAN's first digital hub, and this will help Thailand's digital economy contribute to 30 percent of the GDP by 2030.” 

Tech giants around the world are ramping up investment in different ASEAN countries, as an economic proxy war for the future of the region’s digital economy heats up. 

Microsoft recently selected Taiwan as the home base for its Azure Cloud operations in the area, announcing four major projects in the country, including the creation of a Taiwan based data centre region, the creation of a new cloud hardware team, the launch of an industrial ecosystem and an expansion of its cybersecurity capabilities, a move which represents its biggest investment in the country for 31 years.

Cloud giant Google has chosen to back Singapore and Indonesia’s efforts. The company’s first Asian data centre is a super high-tech urban multi-storey facility in the heart of Singapore, and its first Indonesian facility was announced in March of this year.  

Huawei’s ongoing investment in Thailand is clearly the beleaguered Chinese giant’s best hope of remaining competitive in one of the fastest-growing economic regions in the world. 

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Apr 12, 2021

Target joins Open Compute Project to become platinum member

Sam Steers
2 min
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U.S retailer Target will join the Open Compute Project as a platinum member, the first major U.S retailer to do so after seeing record growth last year...

U.S retail corporation Target will join the Open Compute Project (OCP) as a Platinum member following record growth for the company in 2020.

The announcement was made during an ICCON conference hosted by the U.S retailer last week, and the partnership aims to expand the development of edge computing use cases within the company. 

The retailer is the first major U.S retailer to become a platinum member, paving the way for others to join the partnership in the future. 

"We are very excited to join the OCP and partner with the community on new use cases for networking and edge computing," said Mike McNamara, Chief Information Officer of Target.

He added: "This type of open and increased collaboration will help us all create better technology that’s purpose-built for enterprise needs."

Target also has a distributed footprint, which McNamara says can influence new OCP use cases for networking and edge computing.

This news follows a rise in growth for the organisation in 2020, with customers shopping with the retailer and using their "same-day services."

The Open Compute Project claims that it allows Target to partner with industry leaders in cloud technology, as the majority of the retailer's success "is supported by underlying technology," says Target.

Bill Carter, CTO for the Open Compute Project Foundation, believes that joining the business is not a first for Target.

He said: “Working together and open sourcing is not new for Target. Many of the retailer’s engineers have already been involved in various OCP Projects and we’ve seen tremendous value from their participation.

"Today’s announcement further demonstrates Target’s long-term commitment to advance and contribute to the open source community for the benefit of all,” concluded Carter.

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