Global Switch Opens Singapore Data Center
by Josh Anderson
SINGAPORE ― Partnering with China Telecom Global Limited (CTG) and Daily-Tech, a developer and operator of data centre infrastructure across China, Global Switch has the Global Switch Singapore Woodlands data center. It is the second such facility under the strategic partnership between the three companies and represents another milestone for the trio of industry leaders after the launch of their Hong Kong data center in late 2017. Built at a cost of S$280 Million ($206 Million USD), the new 25,000 square meter data center is strategically located in the Woodlands district in the north of Singapore. It is physically distanced from the existing Global Switch Tai Seng data center.
This Singapore Woodlands data center, which incorporates some of the latest energy efficient technologies, is a leading example of an environmentally sustainable data center. The building is designed to a Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) of 1.34, the lowest available in this country, making it the most power efficient data center available to customers in Singapore. This PUE compares extremely favorably to the target average PUE of 1.78 set by the National Environment Agency of Singapore. In addition to its exceptional energy efficiency, the new data center is targeting a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Rating and a Platinum BCA Green Mark.
Operating to Tier III+ standards, the Singapore Woodlands data center services are powered by 30MVA of utility power supply capacity, coming from two separate incoming supplies to ensure multiple layers of redundancy. The facility is also one of the most secure with a network operations center staffed 24x7x365, complete with round-the-clock security patrols, backed by continuous CCTV surveillance and a comprehensive intruder detection system. The new data center services have incorporated sophisticated building management systems resulting in a highly resilient environment backed up by Global Switch’s Critical Environments Programme.
Customers will benefit from a multitude of connectivity options, including the ability to directly connect on a very low latency basis to the Global Switch Singapore Tai Seng data center. As an integral communications hub to the Asia-Pacific region, Singapore Tai Seng hosts the most diverse and network dense international telecommunications environments in the country, including uniquely a number of submarine cable systems which land directly at the facility. Customers will be able to access this connectivity rich environment, which also includes the Singapore Internet Exchange (SGIX) as well as all the leading internet services companies, from ISPs and major content owners and distributors to web portals and online social media.
“Our tripartite partnership with Global Switch and Daily-Tech offers a range of strong and reliable data center and ICT solutions to customers to support their globalization roadmaps and digitization transformation initiatives. The Woodlands data center services will connect perfectly to China Telecom’s network resources of submarine and terrestrial cables and other data centers around the world, setting to become an important element of our worldwide IDC coverage. We will invest more resources and expertise in bringing professional IDC operation services to our customers globally and help them solve communications challenges they encountered in exploring the APAC market,” remarked Donald Tan, Executive Vice President of China Telecom Global.
“This is a milestone entry into the Southeast Asian countries’ market for Daily-Tech through our strategic business partnership. Customers in the region – particularly those looking to expand through China’s Belt and Road projects, will now find more convenient connections and access to well-managed services to support their business growth,” said Li Qiang, Chairman of Daily-Tech. “This partnership offers customers commitment, a track record in servicing and bespoke services, and best practice management.”
“Global Switch Singapore Woodlands marks our twelfth, world class data centre and has increased our footprint to 4,000,000 square feet of technical space (365,000 square meters),” added John Corcoran, CEO of Global Switch. “It represents another important milestone for Global Switch and we are delighted to have launched this new data centre with our strategic partners China Telecom Global and Daily-Tech – reinforcing our leadership in providing the best-in-class solutions for customers’ seamless and successful business operations across the region.”
Following strong demand from cloud providers, financial institutions and multi-national companies requiring highly resilient and secure space for housing mission critical IT equipment, Global Switch is adding a further 120,000 square foot (11,000 sq m) to its existing campus with its second data center in Frankfurt, which will also be the third data center under the partnership of the three companies.