Philippines’ gaming and tech firm DFNN Inc has entered into a partnership with Silicon Valley tech company Nautilus Data Technologies to develop a data centre in the Freeport Area in Bataan.
The memorandum of understanding involves the development of a data centre with Nautilus, known for its water-cooled data centre design, DFNN said in a statement to the stock exchange.
“Data centres cooled by Nautilus offer unprecedented advantages, including energy savings, water conservation, environmental sustainability and rapid global scalability,” DFNN said. The Philippines shares many of the same characteristics of other young and nascent markets, according to a report by ABS-CBN news.
The Philippines has consistently flown under the radar up until just the last few years. But the sudden push to bring in-country hyperscale cloud infrastructure to the Philippines, driven by solid underlying fundamentals, spurred interest literally overnight.
Alibaba Cloud was the first to land in Philippines and AWS will bring online Local Zones nodes that perhaps will translate over time into core regions. A number of the other major cloud platforms are expected to follow suit.
Following the pattern seen in other emerging markets, the entry of cloud platforms has ignited demand for data centre colocation as self-building is not an option given the lack of scale, time to market is crucial and the relative unfamiliarity with the market creates operational and logistic challenges that need to be addressed.
Recently, US-based data centre developers ENDECGROUP Inc. and Black and Veatch (B&V) said that they are looking at the possibility of getting into the Philippines as it is an ideal location for their investments, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said.
In March this year, Globe, one of the leading digital solutions platform in the Philippines formed a joint venture with ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC) and Ayala Corporation (AC), for the development, construction and operation of data centre projects in the Philippines.