Global Switch inaugurated its Singapore Woodlands data centre on Friday (March 8, 2019) in a ceremony held at the premises.
One of the lead players in carrier neutral data centres, this is the 12th such data centre for the operator cum developer.
CEO of Global Switch, Mr John Corcoran taking pride in the launch of the data centre stated that with its inauguration the company now has 4,000,000 sq ft of technical space around the world.
This data centre is a part of collaboration between Global Switch, Daily-Tech which owns and operates data infrastructure in the Chinese mainland and CTG (China Telecom Global Limited) which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the telecom major China Telecom Corporation Limited.
Daily-Tech’s Chairman Li Qiang said that it is a momentous occasion for the company as with this strategic business partnership they are foraying into several markets of South-east Asia.
He added that several customers across the region would benefit immensely from improved connectivity and managed services especially in the view of Belt and Road projects that has been announced by the Chinese government.
Interestingly this data centre is the second such venture between the three companies with the first having been launched successfully in Hong Kong back in 2017.
For Global Switch this is the second data centre that they would be operating in Singapore after the one they have in Tai Seng.
Gammon Construction has built the $280 million data centre and 400 construction workers would be engaged in this job and this will also lead to permanent employment for 25 people.
Global Switch holds long term lease for this site and another 30 years in terms of renewal rights.
The Singapore Woodlands data centre would cover an area of 25,000 square metres and operate as per the Tier III+ standards. A 30 MVA power supply has been installed at the site.
The new facility would be directly linked to Global Switch’s Tai Seng data centre. The idea is to appeal to those clients who prefer a two-site data centre as this allows clients to enjoy extremely low latency.
Mr Corcoran added that with the inauguration of the second facility the company is hoping to play a very important role in Singapore’s reputation for being a place for cutting-edge connected data centres.
Environmental sustainability has been one of the major focus areas while building this data centre. The PUE (Power Usage Efficiency) at this facility would be 1.34 which is favourable when compared to National Environment Agency of Singapore’s target average of 1.78. Global Switch is also eyeing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Rating along with a Platinum BCA Green Mark.
The company also has plans to add another 120,000 sq ft to their other campus by the end of the year. There are also plans to work on another data centre in Frankfurt which will be another partnership between the three companies.