Singapore: BCA Platinum awarded data centre provider expands

Data centre and colocation solutions provider Digital Realty Trust Inc announced it would be opening a second data centre facility in Singapore.

Depending upon ultimate customer configuration, density, and scope, Digital Realty expects to invest upwards of S$200 million (US$150 million) in new data centre infrastructure, it said in a statement.

The investment underscores the company’s commitment to Singapore’s Smart Nation plan, which encourages the sustainable supply of data centres to ensure sufficient future capacity, it added.

“With the growing demand for premium data centre services, it is imperative for leading data centre providers such as Digital Realty to continue raising the bar to strengthen Singapore’s position as a leading data management and connectivity hub,” said Kiren Kumar, director of Information Communications and Media at Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB).

“Aligned to our vision for Singapore to become the digital innovation capital of Asia, Digital Realty’s expansion will enable both local and international companies to build new digital capabilities and scale critical digital services in a cost effective and efficient manner,” he said in the statement issued by Digital Realty.

The new facility will address growing demand for agile, open, and connected data centre solutions from cloud and content providers and financial services companies across the region and worldwide, Digital Realty said.

It will span approximately 177,000 sq ft and is a redevelopment of an existing printing paper storage facility. Digital Realty said it has entered into a purchase agreement with the seller and has obtained Jurong Town Corporation’s (JTC) consent for lease assignment.

Legal completion is expected to occur in early July 2015, although power and fibre works are already underway.

Digital Realty said it has “extensive experience” in converting non-technical buildings into connectivity-rich data centres, which helps it bring data centres to market faster.

Located in Singapore’s northeast, the new 13.2MW data centre will connect via dark fibre to Digital Realty’s first data centre in the west of the city-state, which is home to global Tier 1 carriers, the Singapore Internet Exchange, and the Digital CloudConnect network.

Together, these facilities offer geographic diversification and increased options for diverse IT workload deployments in Singapore.

The current construction programme provides for an estimated late 2015 delivery of the powered base building, along with up to 3.2 MW of data centre space.

“Our first data centre in Singapore marked Digital Realty’s entrance into one of Asia Pacific’s rapid expansion markets and enabled our global clients to enter the city-state and serve other regional markets with a trusted partner,” said Daryl Dunbar (pic), Asia Pacific managing director at Digital Realty.

“Our new data centre expansion supports Singapore’s efforts to become a regional data centre hub and delivers the openness and agility that our global clients continue to want from us, as well as the broader data centre industry, to accelerate their growth,” he added.

Digital Realty’s first data centre in Singapore became fully operational in 2011 and was recently awarded the Green Mark Platinum certification under the category of ‘existing colocation data centre.’

At 370,500 sq ft, it is the largest of the company’s data centres in the Asia Pacific region.

Source: Digital News Asia

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