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Delta completes Vietnam’s first Uptime certified green data center

Delta completes Vietnam’s first Uptime certified green data center

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Delta completes Vietnam’s first Uptime certified green data center

Taiwan-based power management solutions company Delta Electronics has completed Vietnam’s first Uptime certified green data center. 

The data center took eight months to complete and is certified under the Uptime Institute’s Tier Certification of Constructed Facility (TCCF).

“The Delta team is honored to be the first solutions provider in Vietnam to build an Uptime 2N Tier III TCCF certified turnkey data center,” said Tony Meng, Country Manager for Delta Electronics in Vietnam.

The data center comprises 300 square meters of white space, 150 racks and a power capacity of 750kW, plus 750kW of redundant protection.

To achieve its green certification, the data center leveraged its in-row cooling solution to pass the rigorous cooling isolation test as well as Delta’s modular data center design to enable efficient installation.

The green data center has a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) value of 1.4, lower than other data centers in Vietnam and closer to the industry standard of 1.0.

Located in Hanoi’s Hoa Lac High Tech Park, the new Tier III green data center will serve organisations and businesses operating in Vietnam, both local and from overseas, and satisfy their need for a high level of service in terms of features, stability and information security.

“Vietnam is an important market in the Southeast Asian region and we will continue to strive to exceed customer expectations every time.” added Mr. Meng.

It’s first customer will be HTC-ITC, a subsidiary of Hanoi Telecom.

HTC-ITC is a telecommunications company specialising in infrastructure and transmission services with a nationwide fiber-optic network of almost 10,000 km in Vietnam and international connections. 

“We are also glad to have the chance to work seamlessly with HTC-ITC for the honor of establishing Vietnam’s first TCCF certified data center,” said Mr. Meng.

The Uptime Institute’s Tier Certification System underlines industry standards that have to be met by businesses before constructing data centers. TCCF is the final stage of the certification process, and it involves on-site visits by Uptime Institute consultants and live system demonstrations. 

Delta passed 52 test items to obtain the TCCF Certification. Each test item isolated equipment to prove zero impact to the normal data center operations. 

Float voltage on the isolated equipment must be close to 0, which requires excellent power cable management, with properly balanced load and grounding. 

For cooling, there must be no hotspots with temperature exceeding 25 degrees Celsius, which requires a detailed simulation of the cooling unit arrangement.

Despite potential power problems in Vietnam, Tier III data centers must have a 99.982% uptime per year. Unlike Tier I and Tier II, these facilities require no shutdowns when equipment needs maintenance or replacement.

Delta recently also received Uptime Institute’s TIER III-Ready Award for their Point of Delivery data center solution and are striving to bring efficient power solutions to Southeast Asia.

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Delta completes Vietnam’s first Uptime certified green data center

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Singapore’s Figtree makes first data center investment with stake in DC Alliance

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Singapore’s Figtree makes first data center investment with stake in DC Alliance

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Singapore’s Figtree makes first data center investment with stake in DC Alliance

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Singapore’s Figtree makes first data center investment with stake in DC Alliance

Singapore-listed Figtree has made its first strategic investment in the data center market by taking a 27.5% stake in DC Alliance, a data center owner-operator with a facility in Australia.

The provider of commercial and industrial real estate solutions paid US$2.011 million (A$2.75 million) in cash, with the aim of tapping into Australia’s multi-billion dollar data center market.

”We believe this positions Figtree well to ride on the vibrant demand for data centers in Australia, which is on the rise due to growing trends in cloud adoption, demand for smart devices as well as wireless networking technologies,” said Danny Siaw, the Managing Director of Figtree.

As part of this investment, Figtree now owns a stake in DC Alliance’s ready-for-service Tier III colocation data center in Perth’s Canning Vale industrial area.

The four-year-old data center spans 2,200 square meters, with a capacity of 1,000 racks and up to 8 MW of power.

The data center is the only one of its kind south of Perth’s Central Business District.

“Perth [is] a growing regional innovation hub due to its new high speed, high capacity undersea data cables that link it to Asia,” said Mr. Siaw.

Figtree will leverage DC Alliance’s experience in designing and building data centers to step up the value chain and broaden their recurring income base.

This landmark deal is also said to reinforce the vision of DC Alliance, a Singaporean brand with operations mainly located internationally, to be the leader in the Asia Pacific data center landscape.

“With its complementary skills in real estate across Asia Pacific, there is a lot of synergy among the two companies to accelerate our growth,” said Roy Wong, the Executive Chairman of DC Alliance.

Through its wholly-owned subsidiary DCA 1, DC Alliance acquired Pier DC, a Western Australian company that designs, builds, and operates Tier-certified data centers in Australia and the Asia Pacific region In September 2020.

Pier DC owns and operates the previously mentioned Perth-based data center, and is also a GovNext-ICT programme approved member with most of its existing customers mainly from the government segment.

Supported by Figtree, DC Alliance intends to expand the capacity of the data center as well as provide amenities like a Business Continuity space, which is highly relevant in today’s uncertain environment.

As part of the deal, Figtree will also be granted a board seat at DC Alliance, bringing its experience as developer, contractor and provider of design, project and construction management consulting services across Singapore, Malaysia, China and Australia.

Australia’s data center market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3.4% to reach US$4.3 million (A$6 billion) between 2020 and 2025, which will likely be driven by the fact that over 90% of SMEs in Australia are expected to operate via the cloud, and over 80% of medium-sized and large data centers will be outsourcing their data center operations by 2023. 

Australia is also among the top five countries in the world to implement government policies and regulations for cloud adoption, which drives data center investments in the country. Perth is ranked third behind Sydney and Melbourne in terms of data center investments.

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Delta completes Vietnam’s first Uptime certified green data center

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South Korea’s Penta Security enters Indonesia market, signs deal with top tech distributor

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FPT Software shines for Vietnam by winning big international awards

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Equinix reaches milestone on ransomware attack investigation

Equinix reaches milestone on ransomware attack investigation

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Equinix reaches milestone on ransomware attack investigation

Equinix announced they have reached a milestone in their investigations of a ransomware attack that affected their internal systems.

“Our containment and mitigation efforts have progressed well since the detection of the incident,” said Equinix in a statement.

The world’s largest data center and colocation provider believes they have prevented the release of any data associated with the incident.

“Our data centers and services to customers have not been impacted by the incident and our internal systems are rapidly approaching full restoration,” added Equinix.

Equinix suffered the ransomware attack on Wednesday 9 September.

Their teams took immediate action to address the cyberattack by contacting law enforcement.

Since then, the data center provider has made daily investigation updates, which has currently found no customers’ operations or data on their equipment.

As most of their customers operate their own equipment within Equinix data centers, this attack is said to have had no impact on equipment or data.

“The security of the data in our systems is always a top priority and we intend to take all necessary actions, as appropriate, based on the results of our investigation,” the statement reported.

Equinix has promised to provide any more updates as it becomes available.

Earlier this month, cybersecurity specialists Trend Micro revealed your on-premise and cloud servers could be compromised by criminals using cryptocurrency mining software.

And while your servers are sitting idle, criminals may be monetising your assets whilst plotting larger money-making schemes like extracting valuable data, selling server access for further abuse or preparing dangerous ransomware attacks.

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Delta completes Vietnam’s first Uptime certified green data center

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Singapore’s Figtree makes first data center investment with stake in DC Alliance

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NTT Communications launches Tokyo 11th Data Center

NTT Communications launches Tokyo 11th Data Center

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NTT Communications launches Tokyo 11th Data Center

NTT Communications Corporation has announced it will launch their Tokyo 11th Data Center on September 18 2020.

Located in Musashino,Tokyo, NTT Com will expand their data center supply with a server room spanning 6,250 square meters, containing 2,600 racks and a power capacity of 21 MW.

Turn it up to eleven

NTT Com decided to expand their data center base to meet further demand after their Tokyo 10th Data Center was well-received by customers when it opened in April 2018.

“Tokyo 11th Data Center was built in an area with excellent access to central Tokyo,” said NTT Com in a statement.

The data center will be serviced by NTT Com’s Nexcenter service, with redundant power, air conditioning, disaster countermeasures and enhanced security.

To enable low latency and secure network connectivity, the facility will have connection points to various cloud providers and the Internet Exchange in Tokyo.

“Tokyo 11th Data Center is located on the strong bedrock of the Musashino Plateau, which is unlikely to be liquefied, away from active faults,” said NTT Com.

NTT Com adopted a seismic isolation structure, which is said to be safe even in the event of a large earthquake like the Nankai Trough earthquake class that is expected in the future.

Following the rising trend of green data centers, NTT Com installed an advanced indirect evaporation cooling system that can switch to the most efficient heat exchange system according to the season. This solution is said to reduce power consumption by 60% compared to traditional air conditioning systems.

“Unlike the conventional method of connecting outdoor equipment and indoor air conditioners with cold water pipes, the indirect evaporative cooling method improves space efficiency by integrating indoor and outdoor equipment,” said NTT Com.

The facility will use a blowout, which will blow air to the server room on the wall surfaces, supporting high-density installation of 8kW racks and achieving a high cooling efficiency.

In response to customer requests, the data center will also be supplied with renewable energy.

The launch of Tokyo 11th Data Center comes at a time when the domestic colocation market is valued at approximately US$5.2 billion (547 billion yen) and is expected to increase due to the demand for hybrid cloud applications that combine collocation and multicloud services.

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CenturyLink rebrands as Lumen to light the way for enterprises in 4th Industrial Revolution

CenturyLink rebrands as Lumen to light the way for enterprises in 4th Industrial Revolution

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CenturyLink rebrands as Lumen to light the way for enterprises in 4th Industrial Revolution

Leading global IT solutions provider CenturyLink has announced it is rebranding and repositioning the company to Lumen Technologies, or Lumen for short. 

According to FAQs on their website, the name Lumen pays homage to their global fiber network foundation and serves as a reflection of the company today. 

“Lumen is all about enabling the amazing potential of our customers, by utilizing our technology platform, our people, and our relationships with customers and partners,” said Lumen president and CEO Jeff Storey.

Lighting the way for enterprises

The company will look to help light the way for enterprises through the challenges and opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution where smart, connective devices will be ubiquitous.

“This new age requires companies to effectively acquire, analyze and act upon their data to stay ahead of the curve and to be competitive,” said Lumen in a statement

There will be three distinct brands under the Lumen Technologies corporation: Lumen, CenturyLink and Quantum Fiber. 

Lumen will serve as the company’s new brand for its largest business segment: enterprise and wholesale, which will be the company’s focus moving forward.

“The Lumen brand is focused on supporting our enterprise business customers. It alludes to our network strength and to the incredible capabilities powered by our platform to help transform how businesses operate,” according to Lumen CTO, Andrew Dugan. 

Under Lumen, the company launched the Lumen Platform, which combines their global fiber network infrastructure, edge cloud capabilities, security, communication and collaboration solutions to empower customers looking to capitalise on emerging Industry 4.0 technologies. 

“All of our futures will be driven by smart things, applications and digital services that use data for transformational purposes,” said Shaun Andrews, Lumen’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. 

The Lumen Platform will serve a range of applications across smart cities, retail and industrial robotics, real-time virtual collaboration, automated factories, as well as applications requiring high-performance networking and security.

As part of Lumen, the existing CenturyLink brand will continue to represent the company’s residential and small business segments, for legacy services delivered over traditional networks. 

Lumen also announced another new entity, Quantum Fiber, which will be considered a CenturyLink service. It is a digital platform that will aim to deliver premier fiber-based connectivity to residents and small businesses under Lumen’s fiber network and infrastructure. 

Quantum Fiber will target the same customer segment as CenturyLink, but it will be delivering services via an automated platform the company is developing, but specific roll out plans are yet to be confirmed.

The Quantum Fiber brand will eventually be available in all markets where Lumen offers fiber-based internet services.

With this announcement, the company will formally change its legal name to Lumen Technologies, Inc. upon the satisfaction of legal and regulatory requirements. 

There will be no structural change in leadership, responsibility or financial strategy. However, it will be changing its stock ticker from CTL to LUMN, effective with the opening of the trading day on September 18 2020. 

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Singapore’s Mapletree to buy another US data center for up to $262m

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Singapore’s Mapletree to buy another US data center for up to $262m

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Singapore’s Mapletree to buy another US data center for up to $262m

If the 14 data centers bought by Singapore’s Mapletree Industrial Trust wasn’t enough, the real estate investment trust has agreed to buy another US data center for up to $262 million.

The acquisition of the Virginia-based data center is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021, Mapletree said in a statement.

The data center is fully leased on a triple net lease basis, meaning that the tenant is responsible for the maintenance and insurance costs of the facility as well as certain property-related taxes.

The tenant is said to be a ‘multinational company with a strong credit standing’, which has a lease term of more than five years.

The data center was valued by Cushman & Wakefield at between US$205 million (S$278.8 million) and US$266 million (S$361.8 million). Under the agreement, Mapletree will purchase the property for between US$200.6 million (S$272.8 million) and US$262.1 million (S$356.5 million).

The acquisition is in line with Mapletree’s investment strategy to acquire data centers globally beyond Singapore, as the Trust expects global demand for insourced and outsourced data centers to grow at an annual rate of 2.2%.

Cloud computing is also predicted to grow at a CAGR of 14% until 2024, with an accelerated growth due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has provided favourable tailwinds for the data centre segment,” said Mapletree.

The Trust has seen strong leasing demand for data center space from content, social media, e-payment, Software-as-a-Service and other information technology firms during the pandemic. Mapletree also justified their strategy by recognising that data centers were seen as essential infrastructure throughout the pandemic.

Upon completion of the sale, Mapletree’s assets under management will increase from US$4.8 billion (S$6.6 billion) as of 30 June 2020 to $5.06 billion (S$6.9 billion).

The Trust’s data center portfolio accounting for their total assets will rise from 38.5% as of 30 June 2020 to 41%, with 35% of its data centers located in North America.

Back in August 2020, Mapletree sold their Singapore data center to Equinix for US$91.2 million (S$125 million), which gave Mapletree the ability to fund other investments, reduce existing debt or make distributions to unit holders.

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NVIDIA buys chip designer Arm from SoftBank for record $40 billion

NVIDIA buys chip designer Arm from SoftBank for record $40 billion

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NVIDIA buys chip designer Arm from SoftBank for record $40 billion

NVIDIA has agreed to buy chip designer Arm from SoftBank in a record US$40 billion deal. The purchase could reshape the highly competitive semiconductor and data center landscape.

By combining the American multinational technology company and the British chip designer together, NVIDIA will target the age of artificial intelligence by accelerating innovation and expanding into high-growth markets.

“Arm and NVIDIA share a vision and passion that ubiquitous, energy-efficient computing will help address the world’s most pressing issues from climate change to healthcare, from agriculture to education,” said Simon Segars, the CEO of Arm.

NVIDIA will utilise Arm’s CPU ecosystem to advance computing in cloud, smartphones, PCs, self-driving cars, robotics and edge computing. Arm’s designs have also started to play a larger role in the data center chip market through Amazon’s cloud industry and a number of startups, posing as competition to Intel Corp and Advanced Micro Devices.

NVIDIA will reportedly pay SoftBank US$21.5 billion in shares and US$12 billion in cash as well as a possible US$5 billion in cash or shares depending on Arm’s business performance. 

SoftBank, a Japanese multinational conglomerate holding company, will remain committed to Arm’s long-term success through its stake in NVIDIA, which is expected to be between 6.7% and 8.1%.

“This is a compelling combination that projects Arm, Cambridge and the U.K. to the forefront of some of the most exciting technological innovations of our time,” said Masayoshi Son, the Chairman and CEO of SoftBank.

After acquiring Arm for US$32 billion four years ago, the sale marks an early exit for SoftBank. A source told Reuters that SoftBank have held early stage talks about taking the Japanese technology group private, which could gain momentum after the sale of Arm.

While Arm has long been a neutral technology vendor of its chip architecture to Apple, Samsung, Amazon and other portable device providers, the sale will put these licenses under the control of a single player in the semiconductor market.

With the deal’s potential to cause unfair advantages over other licensees and conflicts of interest, NVIDIA’s Founder and CEO, Jensen Huang, assured that the neutral licensing model by Arm will be retained, and NVIDIA’s GPU and AI intellectual property will be licensed out for the very first time.

“Arm’s business model is brilliant. We will maintain its open-licensing model and customer neutrality, serving customers in any industry, across the world,” said Mr. Huang.

On top of this, NVIDIA will establish a new global center of excellence in AI research at Arm’s Cambridge campus in the United Kingdom by investing in an Arm-powered AI supercomputer, training facilities for developers and a startup incubator.

“AI is the most powerful technology force of our time … trillions of computers running AI will create a new internet-of-things that is thousands of times larger than today’s internet-of-people,” said Mr. Huang.

Powered by computing chips, AI supercomputers can write software, scale up workloads and reduce the time required to complete a task.

“While AI began in the data center, it is moving quickly to the edge … where smart sensors connected to AI computers can speed checkouts, direct forklifts, orchestrate traffic, and save power,” said NVIDIA in a statement, comparing the new research facility to a a Hadron collider or Hubble telescope for artificial intelligence.

NVIDIA predicted ‘there will be trillions of these small autonomous computers powered by AI, connected by massively powerful cloud data centers in every corner of the world’.

This signifies NVIDIA’s move to push beyond the data center and into the edge, which could continue their success in data center sales, which surpassed NVIDIA’s gaming revenue for the first time in August 2020.

“The computing unit is an entire data center now. We believe that the future computer company is a data center-scale company,” said Mr. Huang.

In April, NVIDIA completed its purchase of Israel-based Mellanox, which makes high-speed networking technology used in data centers and supercomputers.

The deal between NVIDIA, SoftBank and Arm is expected to close in approximately 18 months following regulatory approvals in Britain, the European Union, United States and China.

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TikTok owner ByteDance to invest billions in Singapore, but new data center reports untrue

ByteDance, the owner of TikTok, is reportedly planning to invest billions of dollars and recruit hundreds in Singapore as part of its global expansion, according to people familiar with the matter.

However, contrary to reports by Bloomberg, plans by ByteDance to set up a new data center in Singapore is untrue, a source said to Reuters.

The source also said that the Beijing-based firm has ‘stepped up the purchase of cloud computing servers in Singapore to backup data based in the US for contingency in the event of an incident.

The investment by ByteDance is expected to span over the next three years, coming at a time when the Chinese multinational internet technology company is being forced to sell their US operations of the hugely popular social networking service, TikTok. 

But it is unlikely they will meet the deadline of September 20 to sell their assets imposed by President Donald Trump, as new Chinese regulations have complicated negotiations with bidders Microsoft and Oracle.

Southeast Asia is a primary target for Zhang Yiming, the founder of ByteDance, as the region has 650 million smartphone-savvy population where competitors Alibaba and Tencent are making significant inroads.

“Singapore is highly attractive to tech firms looking for a hub to address the Southeast Asian markets due to geographic proximity. The workforce is highly educated, tech savvy and multilingual,” said Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Vey-Sern Ling.

ByteDance, the world’s most richly valued startup, currently has more than 200 job openings and 400 current employees in Singapore. And a company source reported to Reuters that TikTok had started to move some of its engineers from China to Singapore this year.

In other news, Chindata Group, a carrier-neutral hyperscale data center solution provider in Asia Pacific, confirmed on 9 September 2020 it will publicly file an initial public offering in the United States of America. 

In the filing, ByteDance accounted for 68.2% and 81.6% of Chindata’s total revenues in 2019 and for the first six months of June respectively. In 2019, the revenue from ByteDance was at US$82.3 million, and in the first six months of 2020 along, ByteDance accounted for US$93.6 million of Chindata’s revenue.

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Equinix is investigating a security incident involving ransomware, the world’s largest data center and colocation provider said in a statement on Wednesday 9 September.

Their teams took immediate action to address the cyberattack by contacting law enforcement.

“Our data centers and service offerings, including managed services, remain fully operational, and the incident has not affected our ability to support our customers,” said Equinix.

As most of their customers operate their own equipment within Equinix data centers, this attack is said to have had no impact on equipment or data.

“The security of the data in our systems is always a top priority and we intend to take all necessary actions, as appropriate, based on the results of our investigation,” the statement reported.

Equinix has promised to provide any more updates as it becomes available.

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And while your servers are sitting idle, criminals may be monetising your assets whilst plotting larger money-making schemes like extracting valuable data, selling server access for further abuse or preparing dangerous ransomware attacks.

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Following reports last week, Chindata Group has confirmed on 9 September 2020 it will publicly file an initial public offering in the United States of America.

The number of American Depositary Shares and price range of the offering has not been determined, but it is speculated that the carrier-neutral hyperscale data center solution provider in Asia Pacific will look to raise US$400 million.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. will act as joint bookrunners when Chindata Group goes live on The Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol ‘CD’.

The fifth largest Chinese IPO in the US this year

According to unnamed sources close to the Bain Capital-backed hyperscale data center operator, the firm plans to be publicly listed as early as the third quarter of 2020.

As a result, the market value of Chindata is forecast to reach US$3 to US$4 billion as long as the IPO proceeds.

The decision to list in the US as opposed to Hong Kong was made because fellow Chinese data center owners 21Vianet and GDS Holdings saw success in the NASDAQ stock exchange, with a 209% and 106% respective jump in performance in the last year. 21Vianet also raised US$353 million last week in a follow-on offering.

With a target of US$400 million, the listing in New York is expected to be the fifth largest Chinese IPO this year, suggests Refinitive data. The data also identifies Chindata as the 20th Chinese company to list in the US in 2020, despite threats of delisting and geopolitical tensions between the US and China.

So far this year, even with the economically devastating COVID-19 pandemic, the 19 current Chinese IPOs have raised US$6.96 billion, which is more than double the US$3.42 billion raised in 2019.

This Chindata public offering will be filed by submitting a registration with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Earlier this year, South Korea’s SK Holdings reportedly paid US$300 million for an 8.9% share in Chindata Group. And in 2019, Bain Capital acquired the Group with US$570 million in strategic financing, valuing Chindata at US$3.1 billion.

Chindata Group also merged with Bridge Data Centres to continue hyperscale expansion plans into China, Malaysia and India.

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