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

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

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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.

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What does the future hold for India’s data center market?

The need for data centers in India is growing exponentially, as data consumption by half a billion digital users is reaching unprecedented levels. And this will continue to rise driven by surges in cloud adoption, digital transformation and social media usage.

As a result, the India data center market has a forecasted value of US$3.2 billion by 2024. But how can you tap into this exciting market?

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

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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.

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

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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. 

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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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Can Vietnam power their very own Silicon Valley?

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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.

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