Digital Realty ramps up with largest data centre build in Singapore

Digital Realty ramps up with largest data centre build in Singapore
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The new 50-megawatt facility is substantially pre-leased to a thriving community of leading global cloud service providers, local as well as global financial services providers and Southeast Asian enterprises.

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Digital Realty has set up its largest and third data centre in Singapore with a multi-storey, 50-megawatt facility, known as Digital Loyang II or SIN12.

The new facility brings the company’s total committed investment to date in Singapore to over US$1 billion.

This expansion will enable local and multinational enterprises to deploy critical infrastructure and scale their digital business to their data communities. SIN12 is substantially pre-leased to a thriving community of leading global cloud service providers, local as well as global financial services providers and Southeast Asian enterprises.

Digital Loyang II is adjacent to Digital Loyang I, or SIN11. The two facilities are connected by diverse high-count fibre routes, enabling customers in both facilities to connect directly via dark fibre cross connects and access a connected data community of network and service providers on Digital Realty’s open global platform.

Both facilities are also interconnected to Digital Jurong (SIN10), Digital Realty’s data centre located on the west side of Singapore.

The Digital Loyang campus is less than 25 kilometres from Singapore’s central business district and is located in close proximity to the Changi north cable landing station, a key sub-sea interconnection hub for the region. SIN12 has already achieved a Platinum certification under Singapore’s BCA Green Mark building assessment system.

The Green Mark certification scheme is designed to evaluate a building’s overall environmental impact and performance and provides a comprehensive framework for assessing 2 new and existing buildings to promote sustainable design and best practices in construction and operations.

Singapore’s strategic importance

“Singapore is a well-established financial and business hub, and consistently ranks among the top data centre markets globally,” said Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein.

“The opening of our third data centre is a major milestone on our PlatformDIGITAL roadmap and underscores our long-term commitment to support the country’s digital economy. The transition to the digital economy has impacted the way companies across all industries create and deliver value,” he said.

“There’s a growing need for a combination of open interconnection and next-generation colocation that will reduce the complexity of digital transformation. Expanding our footprint in Singapore will enable us to better help our customers enhance their digital transformation efforts and scale their digital business models regionally as well as globally.”

Singapore is ranked fifth among the top 10 data centre markets globally, according to Cushman & Wakefield.  These findings coincide with Digital Realty’s Data Gravity Index, a recently published study that measured, quantified, and determined the implications of the explosion of enterprise data. Data gravity is expected to more than double annually from 2020-2024, with Asia Pacific expected to generate the fastest growth across all regions.

Singapore is expected to be the second-fastest growing market across the 53 global metros analysed, driven by growth in the intensity of data within the banking, financial services and high-tech manufacturing industries.

Data centre built on sustainable foundation

Sustainability was a guiding principle for the design and construction of SIN12. It will be among the most sustainable data centres in the region, with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.25.

The facility will feature efficient cooling system design and controls to help minimise evaporation losses and improve water-use efficiency. It will be equipped with turbine generators rather than diesel engines and a combination of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and lithium-ion batteries will facilitate sustainable management.

The building management system (BMS) will monitor thousands of data points to ensure the data centre is running efficiently and providing optimal energy performance for customers. “Balancing digital growth with sustainability remains a key priority for the industry,” said Mark Smith, Managing Director, Asia Pacific for Digital Realty.

Digital Realty operates a rapidly expanding network of industry leading data centres located in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Melbourne and Sydney. Digital 3 Realty’s accelerating expansion across APAC is expected to include new development projects throughout 2021 within several key metros.

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