Chindata Group has successfully opened ‘Asia’s largest single data center’ in Datong, North China’s Shanxi province, on Sunday 25 October.
The data center has an IT capacity of 50 MW to support artificial intelligence-based computing.
“The opening of the data center is of great importance to boosting Datong’s energy information technology development,” said Zhang Jifu, the Secretary of the Datong Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China.
The data center is based in Chindata’s energy data industrial base, the Taihang Mountain Energy and Information Technology Industrial Campus of the Pan-Beijing Area.
“Chindata’s energy data industrial base, where the data center is based, is a strategic project in Datong. Currently, the industrial base is taking shape. It is injecting strong impetus to the city’s development of new infrastructure, new technology, new material and new equipment,” added Mr. Zhang, first reported by China Daily.
Established in 2018, the energy data industrial base spreads across more than 1.5 million square meters of land, with seven phases of construction. The first and second phases of the project were put into operation in 2019, while the third and fourth phases will come into service by the end of 2020.
Once all seven phases are completed the base will form an integrated data aggregation together with the Chindata’s hyperscale data zones in Beijing and Hebei. The aggregation will effectively meet the digital demands from Beijing and Tianjin as well as the Xiong’an New Area in Hebei province.
During the opening ceremony, Bain Capital-backed Chindata and the Datong Government also signed an investment agreement of another data center in Chindata’s energy data industrial base to support the tremendous computing power demand in AI, automatic drive and quantum communication. The hyperscale data center provider will build the next-generation facility, spanning 333,000 square meters at an investment cost of US$2.2 billion (15 billion yuan).
“The company should seize opportunities to make full use of the integration of data center and renewable energy, to turn Datong’s advantage in energy to the advantage in strategic newly emerged industries,” added Mr. Zhang.
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