AirTrunk simultaneously opens data centers in Singapore and Hong Kong in a ‘world-first’
Published 10 December 2020
Australian hyperscale data center company AirTrunk has announced a ‘world-first’ dual opening of two new data centers in Singapore and Hong Kong, broadening its expansion into the Asia Pacific region.
Robin Khuda, founder and CEO of AirTrunk, said that the double data center opening marks a major milestone for the company.
“COVID-19 has accelerated already increasing demand for hyperscale data center infrastructure across the Asia-Pacific region. Our Hong Kong and Singapore data centers are connected, secure, and efficient homes for the cloud in Asia,” he noted.
AirTrunk SGP1, located in Singapore, is positioned close to the Changi North Cable Landing Station, near Singapore’s national airport for strong international connectivity. The data center was completed in just over a year and topped out in less than 30 weeks, with more than 1,000 people working over 1.6 million hours to complete the project.
The eight-storey AirTrunk HKG1 hyperscale data center in Hong Kong is located near Tsuen Wan, also an important hub for international connectivity.
Combined, both data centers have the capacity of 80 megawatts (MW) of IT load, allowing it to carry significant amounts of cloud backlog for some of the world’s largest companies.
Khuda also highlighted that SGP1 and HKG1, offering more than 80 MW combined, are energy efficient data centers that are designed to industry-low power usage effectiveness (PUE), with PUE ratings of 1.25 and 1.35 respectively.
“The shift to cloud-based solutions lowers total electricity consumption overheads and emissions, providing a more energy efficient solution for our customers and reducing the environmental impact,” he continued.
SGP1 and HKG1 have also met the stringent security requirements for data centers, including the PCI DSS, ISO27001, SOC2 Type 2. The facilities are also able to deploy advanced access control, threat monitoring and detection systems in their facilities.
Both the facilities now join AirTrunk’s three hyperscale data centers in Australia and a 300 MW data center in Japan that is currently under construction.
AirTrunk is backed by investment banking firm Macquarie, which acquired a majority 88% stake in the data center company for US$3 billion earlier this year.
By Jie Yee Ong, Tech Reporter