FPT Telecom breaks ground on Vietnam’s biggest data center

One of Vietnam’s top telecommunication providers, FPT Telecom, has broken ground to construct the biggest data center in the country.

The eight-storey data center will span across one hectare of space, providing 3,600 racks to help the country achieve its goals of becoming a leader in the Southeast Asia digital economy.

The new data center in the High Technology Park based in Ho Chi Minh City is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021. 

FPT Telecom will design the facility in accordance with the LEED Certification, a globally recognised symbol of sustainable architecture. The new center utilises DRUPS technology to ensure high reliability for their electrical systems and mitigate any issues they may face due to potential power shortages in Vietnam.

The Chairman of FPT Telecom, Mr Hoang Nam Tien, said Vietnam’s biggest data center will help the country achieve data sovereignty, which is particularly important to comply with Vietnam’s new Law on Cybersecurity.

Much like FPT’s Data Center Tier III based in Hanoi, the new data center aims to achieve an Uptime Tier III certification, the most prestigious evaluation system for data centers.

Along with this new facility, FPT Telecom is expected to open two more centers in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to provide even more racks, bringing their total data centers to five.

The data centers will support FPT Telecom’s investments in cloud services that will support businesses in transition to the cloud and keep information secure with automated tools and managed services.

Mr Hoang Nam Tien said: “A strong cloud computing platform is the basic infrastructure for digital transformation and the Vietnamese economy.”

FPT Corporation achieved profit growth of 18.9% in the first quarter of 2020, which was largely driven by its global IT and telecom services, which brought in US$18.1 million and US$17.1 million respectively.

Vietnam is experiencing a year-on-year growth rate of 17% in the cloud sector, bringing in US$2.4 billion. The country 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 like FPT’s huge facilities is likely to increase to keep up with these advancements.