New Singapore data centre for Digital Realty

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New Singapore data centre for Digital Realty

Construction has begun on another addition to Singapore’s already-impressive data centre footprint.

Digital Loyang II (SIN12) will be Digital Realty’s third in the city-state, with dark fibre connectivity between the three data centres promising new levels of capacity for customers. The facility will be built on a site spanning 34,000 square metres, capable of provisioning up to 50 megawatts of critical power capacity, and is scheduled to open in the second half of 2020.

Digital Realty is the world’s largest provider of data centre, colocation and interconnection solutions, and a founder member of the DigitalCentre2020 Steering Commitee. Customers include cloud and information technology services, communications and social networking to financial services, manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and consumer products.

High levels of sustainability have been factored into SIN12’s design. Evaporative cooling will be employed, enabling outside air to cool internal systems – without bringing in external contaminants. Reducing the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) in this way is part of Digital Realty’s goal to make SIN12 the greenest commercial data centre in Singapore. Up to 40% of a data centre’s energy output is purely for cooling, so this will have a major benefit in terms of bringing down costs.

Singapore is the preferred data centre hub in Asia Pacific, with CAGR expected to grow at 14% by 2021. This is partly down to fibre connectivity, a business-friendly government, and its physical location. These advantages are why the likes of Google, AWS, and Facebook have all recently announced plans to extend their data centre footprint in APAC.

Why Asia Pacific is a hotspot

Asia Pacific is home to over half the world’s online population. For data centres, it’s one of the most exciting regions to be in, for reasons such as:

  • Mobile
    Four of the world’s top 10 markets for smart phone adoption are in Asia Pacific. In part this is fuelled by advanced network coverage, as well high consumption of video content which is already driving video adspend. The next 12 months will also 5G increasingly rolled out, with Australia, China, Japan and South Korea expected to lead the way to Asia Pacific becoming the world’s largest 5G region by 2025.
  • IoT
    IDC forecasts APAC (excluding Japan) will be the global leader for IoT spending in 2019, alongside Australia and South Korea. This is down to reasons including building Smart Cities, a key objective among many governments in the region. Another key factor is digital payments, already embedded (AliPay and WeChat have already supplanted banks as the primary payment provider in China).
  • AI
    A recent Gartner report found Asia Pacific CIOs cited AI as the most disruptive game changer for 2019. Meanwhile, IDC expect 25% of endpoint devices and systems in the region to execute AI algorithms by 2025.

“With leading global technology companies increasingly looking to expand their digital footprint in Singapore, there is a significant opportunity for leading infrastructure providers like Digital Realty to provide the trusted foundation for the nation’s technology landscape,” says Mark Smith, managing director for APAC at Digital Realty.

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