Delta develops cutting-edge networking solutions for the next generation of data centers with Microsoft and COBO

Delta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions, has partnered with Microsoft and Consortium for On Board Optics (COBO) to launch a proof of concept open networking switch for the next generation of data center infrastructures.

The switch is said to provide leading transmission speeds and energy efficiency as we enter the nascent 5G era, offering up to 800 gigabytes per second of transmission speed, 12.8Tbps bandwidth capacity, and up to 30% energy savings compared to similar peer technologies.

Powering the future of data centers

As cloud adoption continues to rise, increasing the need for hyperscale and cloud data centers, these facilities will need the support of networking systems that provide faster transmission speeds and lower carbon footprints.

As a result, member-driven organisations like COBO are racing to develop solutions that meet essential data center requirements.

Microsoft’s Principal Network Architect and COBO’s President, Brad Booth, said: “Being capable of integrating COBO and other form factors into a single platform has been an integral contribution to this POC project to enable end users to perform hands-on evaluation and testing.”

The open networking switch integrates five different optical module form factors into a single, compact 4U rack. The system also includes two 400G QSFP-DD, two 400G OSFP and sixty-four 100G QSFP ports as well as Intel’s 8-core 2.0 GHz D-1548 Broadwell high-performance chip, which sits at the core of Delta’s switch.

“We look forward to cooperating with Microsoft and COBO to accelerate the growth of the 5G mega trend with this inventive technology,” said Victor Cheng, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Information & Communications Technology Business Group at Delta.

On top of being a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and Azure Cloud Solution Provider, Delta launched a 5G smart manufacturing solution with the tech giant in June.

Earlier this year, Delta also celebrated receiving an Uptime Institute’s TIER III-Ready certification for their Point of Delivery data center solution, which recognises its ability to deliver resilience and reliability for their data center.

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Schneider Electric to deliver innovative solutions for hyperscale data centers after expanding partnership with AVEVA

Innovative solutions are coming for hyperscale data centers after Schneider Electric and AVEVA expanded their partnership.

Announcements to develop hyperscale data centers is a frequent occurrence to meet worldwide demand for more data capacity and cloud adoption. But the complexity in operating at this scale and maintaining these facilities creates unprecedented challenges for hyperscale providers, which require different approaches to power the infrastructure.

This is where the new innovative solutions by Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, and AVEVA, the global leader in engineering and industrial software, will come into play.

Philippe Delorme, Executive Vice President of Energy Management at Schneider Electric, said: “At a time when the world’s digital infrastructure is being pushed to its limits, Schneider and AVEVA are delivering a comprehensive solution for hyperscale data centers to operate and maintain their critical environments.”

The solution will integrate Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure for Data Centers control and monitoring capabilities with AVEVA’s scalable industrial software to enable deep and expansive visibility of day-to-day operations.

Mr Delorme added: “The complete solution will deliver operational efficiency and a more reliable data center fleet.”

Digitally transforming legacy systems

The partnership looks to digitally transform legacy systems by connecting platforms and data sets that previously existed in disparate systems.

Craig Hayman, the CEO of AVEVA, said: “Our joint customers are empowered by the standardized systems and processes resulting in improved workforce efficiency across multiple sites and the entire enterprise.”

The solutions will achieve their aims by taking data that has long been managed at individual data centers and normalising it across multiple sites to inform and provide enterprise level IT/OT/IoT integration that delivers real-time decision making.

Ultimately, the innovations hope to empower data center staff to feel empowered in making faster and more informed decisions as well as optimising assets and operational efficiency by enabling facilities to scale regardless of number of sites or global location.

The hyperscale market is powering up, as Equinix also recently announced they would build three hyperscale data centers in Japan after the data center provider signed a US$1 billion agreement with GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund.

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Supermicro and Japan’s PFN produce world’s most efficient supercomputer

As the trend towards green technologies and increasing power costs continues, Supermicro celebrated their collaboration with Preferred Networks (PFN) to build the world’s most energy efficient supercomputer.

The MN-3 supercomputer achieved the first place ranking in the Green500 semi-annual industry assessment.

“The Green500 international recognition confirms that Supermicro delivers resource-saving, superior design, and high-reliability to the market,” said Charles Liang, the CEO and President of Supermicro.

The innovator in high-efficiency server technology achieved 15% higher efficiency compared to the previous Green500 record held by RIKEN in 2018. The MN-3 reached a record of 21.11 Gigaflops of performance-per-watt, delivering a total performance of 1.62 Petaflops. This was important for engineers, as performance-per-watt determines the cost of power and the cooling requirements to keep the system running.

After an exhaustive selection process, PFN partnered with Supermicro to develop the customised server, addressing a wide range of applications that require ultra-fast communications.

“Supermicro was excited to work with PFN on this exceptional system supporting machine learning and deep learning applications and energy efficiency,” added Mr. Liang.

The PFN solution is based on the Supermicro GPU server that utilises Intel Xeon CPUs as well as MN-Core boards developed by PFN for the training phase in deep learning.

“We can deliver outstanding performance while using a fraction of the power that was previously required for such a large supercomputer,” said Yusuke Doi, the VP of Computing Infrastructure at PFN.

The MN-Core boards were created after PFN determined they needed faster and more optimised solutions since the existing accelerators were not keeping up with customer demand.

PFN Supercomputer
PFN Supercomputer

The supercomputer required out-of-the-box thinking to be able to fit two CPUs, four MN-Core boards, 6TB of DDR4 memory, multiple GPUs, and interconnects enabling ultra-fast communications between the GPUs.

Following the completion of the supercomputer, PFN and Supermicro achieved a cluster of 48 servers, four interconnect nodes and five 100GbE switches, with a total of 2,080 CPU cores and housed in a 7U high rack-mounted unit.

This efficient design will enable accelerated deep learning algorithms, empowering PFN to design new applications that address customers’ pressing requirements and Service Level Agreements at reduced operating costs.

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Advanced UPS battery system launched by South Korea’s Kokam

A new advanced battery system for Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) has been launched by South Korea’s Kokam.

The battery system is designed to support mission-critical facilities like data centers where seamlessly switching to full backup power supplies during power outages is crucial.

“With data center growth and grid instability, the UPS battery market is experiencing considerable expansion,” said Ike Hong, the President of Kokam.

The advanced solution uses innovative cell technology to achieve higher energy density and an increased power output of 8 C-rate.

“The launch of our new advanced battery system for the UPS battery market is aimed to provide a cost-effective and advanced solution to address the current grid stability challenges,” added Mr. Hong.

Kokam's new UPS battery system
Kokam’s new UPS battery system

With up to a 46% smaller footprint and 20% lighter design compared to traditional lead-acid systems, the new UPS battery is said to decrease total cost of ownership, which is already up to 40% less than conventional systems.

The South Korea-based lithium-ion battery and integrated energy solution provider was acquired by SolarEdge, a global leader in smart energy technology, in 2018. Since then, Kokam was awarded contracts to supply 40 MWh of energy storage systems in South Korea.

The country’s Government is giving incentives for the wide-spread installation of energy storage systems, as they plan to generate 35% of its power from renewable sources by 2040.

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Legrand Data Center Solutions launches in India to address $404m market

Legrand India has announced the launch of Legrand Data Center Solutions in the country to address a market size of US$403.8 million (3000 crores).

The data center solutions provider will bring together a portfolio of global brands, including Legrand, Cablofil, Numeric, Raritan and Server Technology under a single specialist team.

“Data centers in India are growing at a very fast pace. We are witnessing a growth of about 8.5%,” said Tony Berland, the Managing Director and CEO of Legrand India.

Companies across India are accelerating their digital adoption, with unprecedented levels of data consumption and surging cloud uptake. 

Data centers are crucial in meeting these rising digital demands by hosting critical applications and performing crucial tasks, which consume a huge amount of energy.

“We felt it is time to demonstrate our focus and support the data center market in India and make it future-ready,” said Mr. Berland.

Legrand Data Center Solutions provide modular, scalable and customisable solutions that are designed for agility in hyperscale and micro data centers. They have provided solutions to global players, including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Colt and Equinix. 

“We are not diversifying. We are bringing multiple brands under one umbrella in India,” said Sanjay Motwani, the Business Head at Legrand Data Center Solutions.

Legrand Data Center Solutions aims to become a preferred vendor of choice in three to five years’ time, as data localisation laws in India continue to increase the needs for data centers.

“With the government sharing the cause for data center infrastructure development, there is more and more reason to believe that Legrand Data Center Solutions will have a compelling growth story unfolding for itself,” said Mr. Motwani.

Headquartered in Mumbai, Legrand currently has an employee base of 6,000 in India with an ambition to expand to new frontiers and establish leadership. Today, data centers account for 10% of the Legrand Group turnover.

Earlier this month, property consultancy firm JLL revealed data center capacity will grow from 375 MW to 1,078 MW over the next five years due to increasing adoption of new technologies and impacting data localisation laws.

India’s data center market is poised for a bright future with more hyperscale and colocation data centers as long as the country commits to data localisation laws and harnesses the true power of cloud computing and Industry 4.0 technology like 5G, edge computing and the Internet of Things.

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Discover power and cooling innovations keeping data centers alive

Power and cooling solutions for data centers are of critical importance to keep facilities and businesses online, especially as need the for data centers and greater data capacities continue to grow.

But running data centers are having worrying impacts on the environment by consuming approximately 1%-3% of the world’s electricity supply and pumping out 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

With social responsibilities to protect the environment and reduce energy costs rising, operators in Southeast Asia are exploring power and cooling solutions, including floating data centers, solar power and hybrid cooling.

That’s why the data center power market is set to exceed ~US$27 billion by 2024 and the value of data center cooling is expected to run past ~US$20 billion by 2024.

For our next digital event in our Data Center Series, you are invited to explore the latest sustainable designs and innovative power and cooling solutions to solve the pressing energy supply and environmental concerns.

Are you listening to your data center?

Metering and monitoring data center innovations are crucial for making sure facilities are up and running effectively and efficiently.

During a pre-show interview, we will be joined by Clinton Marshall, the Deputy Director for Solutions and Channel Development from our Platinum Sponsors at Legrand Data Center Solutions in Asia Pacific.

Mr. Marshall has vast experience in designing, consulting and implementing industry best-practice approaches to data center capacity, energy and infrastructure management.

“[Join me] to learn how power monitoring and measurement can be effectively used to meet demands, while simultaneously delivering an IT environment that is able to achieve evolving business, usage, regulatory, and financial goals,” said Mr. Marshall.

Mr. Marshall will also present a thought leadership presentation during the digital event.

Explore best practices and strategy for sustainable data centers

Many Governments around the world are implementing carbon neutrality regulations and green data center standards to improve efficiency and sustainability.

In our first panel session, we will be joined by Tamás Balogh, the Director of H1 systems, our Silver Sponsor.

Mr. Balogh is a data center infrastructure expert and consultant who has worked on several dozens of data center facility projects from scratch.

“I look forward to sharing our insights on how data centers can become more sustainable without compromising their SLA or budget,” said Mr. Balogh.

Mr. Balogh will also share information about H1 System’s recent prototype data center project in Europe as well as how the results from the project can be applied to more tropical environments in Asia Pacific.

“The current global crisis of COVID-19 and climate change crisis impacts our life significantly, and more and more directly,” added Mr. Balogh.

He identified that the ICT sector is making rapid changes to adapt to the situations similar to Governments, which impact the data center industry.

“Being prepared for sustainable data centers won’t be just an option in the future which makes present times very interesting,” said Mr. Balogh.

Mr. Balogh will be joined by Joshua Au, the Head for Data Centre and Information Technology Shared Services at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

As an expert and active member of the data center industry, Mr. Au will share how data centers can run with as little waste as possible, particularly considering that some facilities currently aste up to even 90% of the electricity they pull from the grid.

Discover power and cooling innovations keeping data centers alive

Data capacity demands are rising across the world, as more businesses are digitally transforming and Internet penetration is rising. This increases the need for higher power density and effective cooling in data centers.

With these rising demands, Southeast Asia’s cooling market is expected to grow to 926 million dollars by 2024 and the APAC power market is expected to grow by 8% annually.

To further explore the future trends and innovations in the data center power and cooling market, we will be joined by Mr. Marshall from Legrand Data Center Solutions and Wong Ka Vin, the Managing Director from DC1st, in our second panel session.

Mr. Marshall has gathered significant ‘real world’ customer insight and experience in developing best practice approaches to resolving challenges and reducing the complexity of day-to-day data center operations.

Mr. Wong brings with him over 30 years of executive management and leadership roles in the ICT industry and experience of designing and constructing data centers in Singapore and Indonesia.

Both panel sessions will be moderated by James Rix, the Associate Director of Arcadis UK, who is well versed in running data center projects across the whole data centre stack within 14 different countries around the world.

Register now to join your industry peers on Thursday 27 August to put these innovations under the microscope, as we strive for an efficient and environmentally friendly data center future.

BDx makes history with first data center in Nanjing to receive Uptime Tier III Certification

Big Data Exchange (BDx) has made history with their new data center in Nanjing, which is the first facility in the city to achieve the Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Design Documents.

The data center being constructed in Nanjing, China received the highly sought after certification by proving the facility required no shutdowns for equipment replacement and maintenance.

“Ensuring that BDx meets, and even exceeds, the industry standards for our infrastructure is our top priority for all of our facilities, including our Nanjing data center,” said David Kim, the Chief Operating Officer for BDx.

The Nanjing data center known as NKG1 is powered by two separate 10 kilovolt feeders from two substations. The completion of this power source brings the BDx facility one step closer to launching.

“With 1,000 racks, the NKG1 facility is ideal for local organizations, Chinese OTTs and overseas companies looking to house their IT infrastructures in China,” said Sujit Panda, the Chief Technology Officer for BDx.

Upon the launch of the Nanjing data center, scheduled for October 2020, the facility will connect to the fully redundant command and control systems provided by the BDx Global Operating Platform. NKG1 is also strategically positioned to allow customers to interconnect across BDx clusters as well as public clouds and third-party data centers.

“The data center is strategically positioned along the newly defined Yangtze River Delta, one of the nation’s biggest inland ports, making it an ideal location for national and international businesses who want to grow their presence in China,” added Mr. Panda.

BDx announced the construction of their Nanjing data center back in February and would include 3,800 once fully completed.

“Its location and connectivity help BDx form a network hub designed to meet rising internet and cloud exchange demands from international and domestic customers,” said Bill Gao, the Executive Vice President and CEO for BDx China in February.

The Nanjing data center will add to the current eight data centers acquired by BDx in Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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Delta Electronics tackles the unique challenges of powering mature and emerging data center markets in Southeast Asia

The task of powering data centers is no easy feat, especially when each country brings its unique infrastructure challenges. Any downtime for data centers can be incredibly costly, and this risk is continuously increasing with more industries becoming reliant on data centers.

Within this context, Delta Electronics, a leading global provider of power management solutions, identifies and tackles the unique challenges of powering data centers in emerging markets like the Philippines and more mature markets like Singapore with tailored solutions fitted to each environment.

Reliably empowering data center growth in the Philippines

Emerging markets like the Philippines fuel Southeast Asia’s data center construction market growth with companies such as Globe Telecom, the Philippine Land Transportation Office and PLDT expanding their networks in the country.

The Philippines has a population of over 100.7 million, with 41 Internet users per 100 and rising. It is also ranked #34 for data center density.

But to enable sustainable growth, data centers in the Philippines must have reliable power in a country where natural disasters and political controversies pose great risks for power suppliers.

“Power qualities in areas outside of Metropolitan Manila are not as reliable. Voltage spikes and sags as well as routine power outages are still common for some areas,” said Jimmy Wan, Country Sales Director for Delta Electronics.

Manila has a connectivity ecosystem made up of 18 colocation data centers and 23 cloud service providers, but even last year Luzon’s grid was on red alert.

“Almost the entire country will only have one grid, unlike most countries where any particular area may have two or more power supplies. This means that power ratings of three or four are not completely possible in the Philippines,” added Mr. Wan.

As an archipelago of over 7,000 islands, the rest of the Philippines also has logistical issues with deployment of power solutions and post-sale services. To overcome these challenges, Delta Electronics has service partners that cover the country to deliver services similar to the level in Metro areas.

Another challenge affecting the country is the fact that many small and medium-sized data centers are still on a baseline N deployment with no ability for redundancy. This means a component is not backed up by a duplicate in the event of failure. Medium and larger sized data centers more commonly have N+1 redundancy for UPS deployment.

Mr. Wan said: “A lot of data centers in the Philippines are still using comfort cooling systems like traditional air conditioning instead of precision cooling to maintain the climate inside their data centers.”

The lack of precision cooling in the country may be due to the Philippines typically running at 60Hz frequency, as many compressors and cooling units generally run at 50Hz.

On top of this, the Philippines also has the unique scenario of varying voltages, with 230V, 380V and 460V three-phase voltages depending on the area of the archipelago you live in. Typically, older buildings run at 230V and industrial areas run at 460V, while newer buildings have a 380 voltage.

“This poses a challenge for equipment suppliers, as the majority of demand is in 380V/3ph. Manufacturing in the other voltages are on a per order basis with longer lead times,” said Mr. Wan.

To solve this problem, Delta Electronics adapted to the rest of the market by making use of transformers for three-phase uninterruptible power supply solutions.

Mr. Wan added: “We have many manufacturing plants worldwide and in Southeast Asia, so we can supply our products on time to many markets.”

Delta Electronics has noticed that the Philippines market is adapting to not only reliable, but also efficient power usage.

Mr. Wan celebrated: “The market is understanding now that it is not only important to have continuous power and cooling, but also to do it efficiently by not wasting power.”

Energising Singapore’s land sparse, humid, mature data center market

Singapore is the third most robust data center market in the world and has the most mature market of any country in Southeast Asia, but it is still growing with new constructions from Equinix, Digital Realty, Keppel Data Centres and Facebook as well as cloud providers like AWS, Google, Microsoft and IBM.

Singapore is a great place to set up a data center with low risk of natural disasters, strong network connectivity, a stable political system and a geographically strategic location as a gateway connecting neighbouring Asian countries.

While the high heat and tropical climate in Singapore may seem like paradise for vacationers, it is less than desirable for data centers, as cooling systems have to work harder and consume more power to keep the facility at an optimum temperature.

This is not ideal since data centers already consume an extraordinary amount of power in a time when Singapore is looking to achieve energy efficiency and reduce emissions with carbon taxes and Green Data Centre Standards.

To this end, Delta Electronics endeavors to ‘remain committed to the research and development of innovative, energy-saving products, solutions and services that substantially contribute to the sustainable development of mankind’.

Mr. Wan said: “Our solutions are tailor-fitted to our environment and are designed to resolve our challenges. Our products are driven by global trends, scalability, efficiency and sustainability.”

Delta Electronics, with headquarters based in Taiwan, recently celebrated achieving a TIER III-Ready Award by Uptime Institute for their Point of Delivery data center solution, recognising its energy efficiency and power reliability.

Mr. Wan added: “To amend power quality, the market usually oversizes their equipment or makes use of other power quality equipment to amend these issues like power filters.”

In a land sparse country like Singapore where space is becoming increasingly valuable, Delta Electronic’s POD solution along with their Micro Data Center and Containerized Data Center solutions allow for small, medium and large enterprises to take advantage of efficient and future-proof solutions.

“Delta is unique as it is the only top data center vendor that has its headquarters in Asia. Most vendors are either European or American,” said Mr. Wan.

Delta Electronics also recently helped HTC-ITC, a subsidiary of Hanoi Telecom, to build a TIER III Uptime certified data center in Vietnam.

With the right power solutions, an emerging market could grow into a more mature market and compete at a global scale, ultimately providing societies with greater connectivity and efficiency that can power up local and worldwide digital economies.

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Yotta to invest $469m in Indian data centers over next two years

Yotta Infrastructure, a Hiranandani Group company, is set to invest US$469m or ₹3,500 crore on three data centers in Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai over the next two years.

The facilities are expected to hold 5,000+ racks across five to six buildings, reported The Hindu BusinessLine.

The demand for data centers in India is growing exponentially driven by increased cloud adoption and upcoming Industry 4.0 technologies like 5G and the Internet of Things.

Sunil Gupta, the Chief Executive Officer of Yotta Infrastructure, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to the spurt in the demand for cloud infrastructure. There is not enough supply to meet the demand that we currently see.”

India’s directive for data localisation has also influenced expansion plans by the likes of AWS, Airtel, Oracle, Google and Jio in partnership with Microsoft Azure.

The first of Yotta’s three data centers in Mumbai is ready for its grand opening this month, while work on their Chennai facility will begin in October following a three-month delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The data center provider’s Delhi facility will also begin construction in October, and should go live in January 2022.

Building India’s largest data center

Yotta’s first data center, Yotta NM1, is slated to be one of the largest data centers in India. The facility covers 800,000 square feet, filled with 7,200 racks and 50MW of power.

The facility is also one of the largest data centers to receive the highest certification for data center design, Uptime Institute’s Tier IV Certification of Design Documents.

Mr. Gupta was thrilled with the achievement, and said the certification ‘is the equivalent to the Oscar Awards for the data center industry’.

“It was a grueling process that took over ten months to achieve,” said Mr. Gupta.

The certification signifies the data center’s fault-tolerant design where the facility is able to continue running, despite a structural failure in the power and cooling systems or even a fire.

“Full power and cooling should continue to the rack for at least one hour, even while fire may still be on,” said NK Jain, the Chief Technical Advisor at Yotta Infrastructure.

The Yotta NM1 data center, located in Mumbai’s Panvel Datacenter Park, will be supported by two power plants, one solar powered and one gas powered.

“Yotta achieved this milestone by implementing truly unique and innovative design and engineering. This is most impressive,’’ said Martin McCarthy, the Chairman and CEO of Uptime Institute.

Image credit: Yotta

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ST Telemedia Global Data Centres makes history in Thailand with TIA and Uptime certifications

ST Telemedia Global Data Centres has made history by becoming the first data center provider in Thailand to achieve both the TIA-942 Certification Rated-3 and Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Design Documents.

The certifications were awarded to STT Bangkok 1, Thailand’s first hyperscale carrier-neutral data center campus.

“Achieving both accreditations is a strategic milestone, as it uplifts Thailand’s data center industry standards by setting a new benchmark for design, build and operations of data centers,” said Supparat Sivapetchranat Singhara Na Ayutthaya, the CEO of STT GDC Thailand.

The globally recognised certifications ensure the highest security and reliability standards, enabling the facility to operate at the highest availability and minimal risk to operational impact, ensuring uninterrupted operations throughout.

Mr. Ayutthaya said: “We continue to see strong local and regional demand for efficient, flexible and scalable hyperscale data centres, especially with today’s accelerated digital transformation plans across businesses and Thailand 4.0’s vision of a technology-centric economy.”

ST Telemedia Global Data Centres hopes the standards will appeal to international cloud service providers and enterprises requiring high scalability and robust security.

The first phase of the hyperscale data center is expected to be completed in early 2021. The campus will span 30,000 square metres, with a capacity of 20 megawatts.

Following its full completion, the data center in Huamark, one of Bangkok’s key business districts, will have a total gross floor area of 60,000sqm and a total capacity of 40MW.

The facility looks to ride on the growth of Thailand’s digital economy that can be seen with the Government’s digital transformation plans.

Thailand is ranked in first place for the highest use of banking and finance apps and second for e-commerce adoption as well as average daily time spent using the Internet by users aged 16 to 64.

With increasing data demands, technological advancements and Internet adoption, data center providers are increasingly looking to support the rising need for secure and reliable infrastructure in the region.

Announced in 2019, STT Bangkok 1 is a joint venture by Frasers Property (Thailand) Public Company Limited (FPT) and ST Telemedia Global Data Centres. The project is worth more than seven billion baht and is expected to gain one billion baht in revenue within four years, with a 20% data center market share in Thailand.

The TIA-942 certification, issued by the Telecommunications Industry Association, covers the telecommunications infrastructure as well as other aspects of a mission-critical data center, including site location, architectural and physical structure of the facility, electrical and mechanical capabilities, fire safety and physical security.

Uptime Institute’s TIER III certification requires no shutdowns for equipment replacement and maintenance in a data center. A redundant delivery path for power and cooling is added to the redundant critical components, so that each and every component needed to support the IT processing environment can be shut down and maintained without impact on the IT operation.

Image credit: ST Telemedia Global Data Centres

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Keppel and Mitsubishi Heavy to explore hydrogen-powered data center concept in Singapore

Keppel Data Centres and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are set to explore how hydrogen-powered data centers can accelerate Singapore’s journey towards a more sustainable energy future.

The two organisations signed a memorandum of understanding to study how hydrogen-powered tri-generation plant-supported data centers can meet expanding needs of the digital economy.

Mr Wong Wai Meng, Chief Executive Officer of Keppel Data Centres, said: “The exploration of hydrogen infrastructure is part of our strategy to work towards decarbonisation.”

Hydrogen as an energy source has the potential to be more environmentally friendly when it is burned because it does not produce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Hydrogen will be a key energy carrier in the global effort towards decarbonisation,” said Mr Yoshiyuki Hanasawa, Executive Vice President and Chief Regional Officer for Asia Pacific and India at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group and Managing Director of MHI-AP.

A tri-generation plant works by producing heat, power and cooling, supporting data centers to access the electricity as well as the chilled water produced by the plant to cool the facility. By tapping on the electricity provided by the plant, a data center relies less on the national grid.

Keppel Data Centres and Mitsubishi Heavy will look to produce hydrogen fuel for the plant through a steam methane reforming process that is carbon neutral by incorporating carbon capture and storage capabilities.

“With Singapore set to become a global data centre hub, we look forward to partnering with Keppel Data Centres to support Singapore in creating a sustainable energy future,” said Mr Hanasawa.

One of the projects that might benefit from the hydrogen-powered tri-generation plant concept is the Floating Data Centre Park project in Singapore that Keppel Data Centres is currently pursuing (pictured above).

Keppel Data Centres partnership with Mitsubishi Heavy is well timed, as Singapore is aiming to improve its environmental impact by introducing Green Data Centre Standards, a carbon tax at a rate of $5 for every tonne of greenhouse gas emissions, and a committal to ensure at least 80% of its buildings will be green by 2030.

As Singapore looks to continue in its digitalisation efforts and boost the digital economy, sustainable data center infrastructures will be essential in empowering this. 

Sunseap celebrates first anniversary for one of the largest solar farm projects in Vietnam, benefiting 200,000 citizens

One year ago, Sunseap went live with one of the largest solar farm projects in Vietnam that benefited 200,000 citizens and generated up to 2,000 jobs.

The Ninh Thuan Solar Power farm has since led to the reduction of 240,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

“I am most proud of the fact that we utilised land that would otherwise be wasted. Now, we have a project that produces a good amount of renewable energy and helps to develop the social economy for the local people,” said Mr. Truong Thanh Kien, a Plant Manager for Sunseap Vietnam.

The natural conditions of the deserted land was originally unfavourable for the construction of the solar farm in Vietnam.

Mr Truong said: “Since I took my first steps on arriving here, I have been in love with this area, as it is deserted and very close to nature.”

With support from InfraCo Asia and the local government, Sunseap was able to invest in quality equipment to overcome this challenge.

Initially, local residents in Vietnam voiced their concern about how the solar farm project would affect the environment and the clearance compensation.

“Their attitude changed when they realised that the compensation package given by the state was generous and they saw job opportunities that would generate income for their family,” said Ms. Ha Thi Thu Nga, a Community Relations Officer for Sunseap Vietnam, in a video by InfraCo Asia.

In the end, the 168-MWp solar farm in Vietnam was completed two weeks ahead of schedule in June 2019.

Ms. Ha celebrated: “The thing I am most proud of in this project is that it has helped to improve the economic development and the quality of life of the local community.”

Solving energy shortages in Vietnam to power a digital future

The threat of blackouts is typical of most fast-growing economies like Vietnam, which could slow down digital transformation and plans for smart cities in the country. 

The rising demand for electricity and delayed electricity projects are increasing the risk of power outages in the country. This may not be a good sign for data centers, as any downtime could cost the country around US$260,000 per hour.

There are around 30 data centers in Vietnam and more may be on their way, as the Government has invested $1.4 billion in new facilities as well as millions in local startups.

Data centers are also one of the biggest culprits of producing carbon emissions, which Vietnam looks to reduce by aiming to produce 23% of its energy through renewables by 2030.

Allard Nooy, CEO of InfraCo Asia, said: “Developing the Ninh Thuan Solar Power Plant in partnership with Sunseap supports InfraCo Asia’s aim to serve as a catalyst for future infrastructure development in the countries and sectors in which we work.”

Solar farms like Sunseap’s could go some way to powering Vietnam’s environmentally friendly digital future.

National University of Singapore looks to make data centers the coolest, but not the coldest with sustainable hybrid solution

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has successfully completed test-bedding for their high-efficiency hybrid cooling solution for green data centers.

The solution achieved a partial power usage effectiveness (pPUE) score of approximately 1.2 with the scope of dropping below an impressive 1.1, close to the ideal score of 1.

Google, for example, has an average PUE score of 1.11, but boasts a score as low as 1.06 using narrower boundaries.

“The power densities of servers are getting higher and higher with every new generation, so much so that air cooling will one day no longer be effective in dealing with the amount of heat generated by the chips,” said Professor PS Lee, the Programme Director of Cooling Energy Science and Technology at NUS.

The University is in discussion with data center operators to quantify the actual energy and cost saving potential of the solution by conducting comparative studies against air-cooled servers in real-world environments.

Prof. Lee added: “The system as it is, is ready for commercial deployment.  We are open to various commercialisation possibilities, such as licensing of our technology and providing consultation services on heat sink or cold plate designs.”

Professor Lee has incorporated a company known as CoolestDC Pte Ltd to enable the commercial deployment of the hybrid cooling solution.

In the testing phase, the pPUE measured was for just one rack of 20 servers with a simple control, so there is scope to drop below an impressive 1.1 after scaling up, correctly sizing equipment and using smart controls like AI.

Prof. Lee said: “With implementation of machine learning and artificial intelligence using big data, the system would be able to predict and automatically adjust to meet cooling requirements and the system capacity, based on the trend of compute load and weather conditions. This can minimize the power consumption of the cooling equipment.”

How does the National University of Singapore’s hybrid cooling solution work?

The hybrid cooling solution involves separating the cooling process based on heat dissipation of the components on the server. The high heat dissipation components such as the CPUs and GPUs are liquid-cooled using a high-performance oblique-fin heat sink, while those that dissipate low heat are air-cooled.

By operating at warmer temperatures above the ambient air temperature, the solution eliminates the need for ‘two of the most energy consuming pieces of equipment in the data center’, as a cooled water supply created via a chiller or air conditioning using a computer room air conditioning (CRAC) unit is not required.

“For air-cooled DC, given that air is inherently a lousy heat transfer medium, there is a limit on how high the inlet air temperature can go before the reliability of electronics gets affected,” said Dr Lee.

With the removal of a CRAC, raised floors and overhead plenums can be eliminated, resulting in less mechanical and electrical maintenance, the potential for lower costs and a quicker construction of a data center.

Prof. Lee added: “Our high performance liquid or two-phase cooled DC allows the inlet fluid temperature to be pushed much higher, making it viable for waste heat recovery and reuse.”

The oblique-fin heat sinks are also said to be able to provide better cooling to servers, making them more efficient, contributing to additional savings of ITE power.

The system is designed to be highly flexible to make use of existing infrastructures like hot-aisles and cooling towers and be deployed in new and brownfield data centers with minimal additional capital expenditure.

As a result of lower energy consumption PUE scores, the hybrid cooling solution could help data centers meet the Singapore Green Data Centre Standards.

Prof. Lee strongly believes the time is now for data center operators and server manufacturers to start using or getting prepared to use liquid-cooled services.

The three big wins from Professor Lee’s testing include:

  • The ‘world’s highest performance liquid cooling technology
  • A Power Usage Effectiveness score of <1.1
  • 40% server power savings and substantial performance improvement.

What’s next for NUS?

Works are underway at NUS for the next generation leakage-free, server-level cooling solution, which employs on-demand two-phase cooling based on the compute load of the servers.

Prof. Lee said: “This revolutionary solution is highly reconfigurable and can be deployed in both new and brownfield DCs.”

NUS is also looking to adopt deep reinforcement learning algorithms to provide smart control to their hybrid cooling systems. Prof. Lee hopes this will lead to optimum data center operations that balance reliability, energy consumption, carbon footprint and cost.

In another project unrelated to Prof. Lee’s projects, Keppel Data Centres is working with NUS to develop new prototypes that cool data centers and reduce their carbon footprint by harnessing cold energy released from the LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) regasification process after entering into a partnership in 2019.

Point of Delivery data center solution by Delta receives Uptime Institute’s TIER III-Ready Award

The highly flexible, fast-deployment Point of Delivery data center solution by Delta Electronics has received Uptime Institute’s TIER III-Ready Award.

The certification recognises the POD solution’s ability to deliver resilience and reliability for their data center.

Victor Cheng, Delta’s Senior Vice President, said: “We see a growing demand for POD solutions. Since data centers provide the backbone of IT operations, the task of building a reliable and efficient data center is a major focus for most enterprises.”

The TIER III-Ready award is an industry standard for design, construction and ongoing operations, which entail rigorous uptime requirements and long-term viability for IT equipment.

Luca Beltramino, Senior Vice President Global Programs for Uptime Institute, said: “Pre-fabricated and POD solutions that display the TIER-Ready logo assure an enterprise that the design they are considering has been reviewed by Uptime Institute.”

Internet of Things puts demand on enterprise data centers

Digital transformation brought on by the Internet of Things has brought with it huge volumes of data and traffic that can be overwhelming for enterprise data centers. 

Delta’s Point of Delivery solutions feature a fully modular design, flexibility and a pay-as-you-grow system with short installation time to meet rapidly growing needs of data storage and processing.

The POD solution leverages pre-engineered designs of in-house IT racks, aisle air containment, a monitoring system and redundant distribution to support IT loads. 

Delta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions, powers the Point of Delivery solution with their DPH series modular UPS systems, backed up by lithium battery systems and cooled through a precision system with a variable fan speed control.

Delta also recently helped HTC-ITC, a subsidiary of Hanoi Telecom, to build a TIER III Uptime certified data center in Vietnam.

Schneider Electric to deliver innovative solutions for hyperscale data centers after expanding partnership with AVEVA

Innovative solutions are coming for hyperscale data centers after Schneider Electric and AVEVA expanded their partnership.

Announcements to develop hyperscale data centers is a frequent occurrence to meet worldwide demand for more data capacity and cloud adoption. But the complexity in operating at this scale and maintaining these facilities creates unprecedented challenges for hyperscale providers, which require different approaches to power the infrastructure.

This is where the new innovative solutions by Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, and AVEVA, the global leader in engineering and industrial software, will come into play.

Philippe Delorme, Executive Vice President of Energy Management at Schneider Electric, said: “At a time when the world’s digital infrastructure is being pushed to its limits, Schneider and AVEVA are delivering a comprehensive solution for hyperscale data centers to operate and maintain their critical environments.”

The solution will integrate Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure for Data Centers control and monitoring capabilities with AVEVA’s scalable industrial software to enable deep and expansive visibility of day-to-day operations.

Mr Delorme added: “The complete solution will deliver operational efficiency and a more reliable data center fleet.”

Digitally transforming legacy systems

The partnership looks to digitally transform legacy systems by connecting platforms and data sets that previously existed in disparate systems.

Craig Hayman, the CEO of AVEVA, said: “Our joint customers are empowered by the standardized systems and processes resulting in improved workforce efficiency across multiple sites and the entire enterprise.”

The solutions will achieve their aims by taking data that has long been managed at individual data centers and normalising it across multiple sites to inform and provide enterprise level IT/OT/IoT integration that delivers real-time decision making.

Ultimately, the innovations hope to empower data center staff to feel empowered in making faster and more informed decisions as well as optimising assets and operational efficiency by enabling facilities to scale regardless of number of sites or global location.

The hyperscale market is powering up, as Equinix also recently announced they would build three hyperscale data centers in Japan after the data center provider signed a US$1 billion agreement with GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund.

Can Vietnam power their very own Silicon Valley?

The data center market in Vietnam is certainly growing, but in most discussions there is always one point of concern. Is the country equipped with enough electricity to power its own ‘Silicon Valley’?

There are around 30 data centers in Vietnam and more may be on their way, as the Government has invested $1.4 billion in new facilities as well as millions in local startups.

The country’s new Cybersecurity Law requiring data to be stored locally by international companies is also expected to drive demand for more data centers. 

With a growing focus on cloud computing and 5G services to establish a Vietnamese Silicon Valley. The country is experiencing a year-on-year growth rate of 17% in the cloud sector, bringing in US$2.4 billion. Vietnam was also one of the first countries to trial 5G with a vision to launch the technology commercially this year.

The need for more data centers will increase to keep up with these advancements.

Last month, Apple announced it would build a data center in the country, confirming plans to invest $1 billion in Vietnam three years ago. The tech giant will join established data center players like CMC Telecom, Viettel IDC and FPT Telecom.

While low startup costs and natural gateways for undersea cables make the country’s potential immense, the power shortages impacting the country are a growing concern.

Power problems could be unsustainable

The threat of blackouts is typical of most fast-growing economies like Vietnam. 

The rising demand for electricity and delayed electricity projects are increasing the risk of power outages in the country. This may not be a good sign for data centers, as any downtime could cost the country around US$260,000 per hour.

The Executive Vice President for International Operations of Schneider Electric, Luc Remont, said: “We provide energy with high reliability to ensure no outage for hospital surgeries. The same goes for data centres where we can’t afford even one second of power loss.”

Vietnam’s reliance on fossil fuels and also puts the country at risk of falling behind. And the country’s likelihood of using renewable energy supplies for data centers in the next 15 years is very slim.

How is Vietnam solving their energy shortages to power their data centers?

Data centers in Southeast Asia have started to look towards clean energy with the increasing global pressure of lowering carbon footprints.

Vietnam is following suit by aiming to produce 23% of its energy through renewables by 2030. Data centers in the country are also doing their part with Delta Electronics and HTC-ITC signing a contract to build Vietnam’s first green data center.

Viettel IDC also celebrated being the only data center service provider in Vietnam to be awarded with a prestigious data center certification by Singapore’s Enterprise Products Integration. The certification acknowledged that the data center provider met environmental control and electricity standards set by the American Telecommunications Industry Association.

Investors should be ready for Vietnam to power up

The country’s rate of digitalisation is growing rapidly with 75 million expected to be using the internet by 2023 and a young, tech-savvy talent pool driving the market.

Vietnam’s digital economy grew by 40% in 2019 and could add US$162 billion to its GDP by going digital. The Government is supporting this campaign by increasing investment, speeding up reforms encouraging businesses to adopt new technology, committing to building smart cities and providing universal internet connectivity.

Despite the energy challenges, data center providers and investors should keep on the lookout for opportunities in Vietnam. There is no doubt that Vietnam is making great strides to power up as a leader in the IT and data center industry.