PCCW to sell its Data Centre business to DigitalBridge Group for $750 million

PCCW Ltd. will sell its data centre business to REIT DigitalBridge Group Inc for $750 million.

PCCW expects the deal to result in gains of at least $180 million and allow it to streamline its core telecom service businesses. With the disposal PCCW can also avoid the heavy investments typical of most data-centre operations, which would enable it to preserve capital and resources for other businesses, the company said.

The NYSE-listed DigitalBridge Group is a global leader in digital infrastructure, investing in, building, and operating the networks that enable connectivity and power the digital economy.

PCCW said it plans to use proceeds from the sale for potential investments in financial services, share buyback programs, as well as debt repayment and other general corporate purposes. Earlier, W.Media had reported that PCCW and DigitalBridge Group will finish this transaction within this month.

Read: https://w.media/digitalbridge-group-inc-in-talks-to-buy-out-pccws-data-centre-assets/

Nomination Window: 1st June – 31st July

The W.Media Asia Pacific Cloud & Datacenter Awards is the region’s flagship awards programme, recognising achievements and excellence across all mission critical technology sectors. We are opening the awards to organisations four regions and nineteen categories to encompass the entirety of APAC’s Cloud & Datacenter ecosystem.

Is there a team, project, or individual who you believe has made outstanding contributions to the industry this year? Find out more about how to submit your nomination here.

 

Beeinfotech opens largest telco-neutral data centre in Philippines

Bee Information Technology PH, Inc. (Beeinfotech PH) has opened its largest telco-neutral data centre in Philippines, which could help businesses that are increasingly becoming digital.

This multi-million-peso data centre has come up in Pasig City, in a 19,000-square meter space spread across three floors of more than 6,000 square meters each, the company said.

The company said its objective is to propel the digital transformation of businesses. “Beeinfotech PH’s multi-million-peso data center is the Philippines’ largest telco-neutral data center yet, tackling the market’s need for a telco-grade and tailored data center services provider,” the company said.

This gives Beeinfotech PH to expand up to a 45U rack height and hold more than 3,000 racks, which is currently the largest number of racks within a single data centre in the Philippines.

“With such space to host servers and other mission-critical resources, businesses can offload their entire IT infrastructure management responsibilities to Beeinfotech PH and focus on achieving their goals,” the company said.

“The ongoing pandemic has pushed companies and even the government to bolster their digital infrastructure and integrate more digital-based solutions to protect employees and better serve customers and the citizens. However, this endeavor can be difficult in the face of the economic impact of the pandemic and the increasing complexity in managing IT infrastructure. Our data centre facility assists businesses in their digital transformation efforts by delivering critical IT management expertise and solutions that, once outsourced, can propel businesses further in their growth and development even in these difficult times,” said Reynaldo Huergas, President and CEO, Beeinfotech PH.

Philippines is beginning to attract investments in the data centre space and expects to increase its rack space market to 400,000 sq. ft. by 2024.

Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, announced that it plans to build its first data center in the Philippines by the end of this year.

Alibaba Cloud’s new data centre will be constructed in Manila and bring the company’s total availability zones to 76 spread across 25 regions worldwide.

“With our first data centre in the country, we will be able to better support Philippine enterprises in adopting cloud technologies and preparing for a digital-first future. We look forward to building out the cloud ecosystem in the Philippines and contributing to the digital economy in Asia, leveraging the synergy with other hubs in the region,” said Leo Liu, General Manager for Hong Kong, Macau, and Philippines, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.

Nomination Window: 1st June – 31st July

The W.Media Asia Pacific Cloud & Datacenter Awards is the region’s flagship awards programme, recognising achievements and excellence across all mission critical technology sectors. We are opening the awards to organisations four regions and nineteen categories to encompass the entirety of APAC’s Cloud & Datacenter ecosystem.

Is there a team, project, or individual who you believe has made outstanding contributions to the industry this year? Find out more about how to submit your nomination here.

 

Banking on Automation with a Human Touch

In our special series featuring the W.Media Awards, we dive deep into one of the top 50 banks in the world – State Bank India (SBI). Find out what SBI has been up to in its Automation journey as we celebrate the most innovative organisations involved in Data Centre implementations and undergoing Digital Transformation. If your organisation has a similar DX project worth sharing with the community, do submit your nomination here.


 

For State Bank of India (SBI), the numbers are mind numbing. SBI is the 43rd largest bank in the world and ranked 221st in the Fortune Global 500 list of the world’s biggest corporations of 2020. It operates in a country whose population almost equals China but at the same time has a huge percentage of people who are unbanked.

SBI has 421 million customers and 761 million accounts, which is more than the entire population of the US.

Such a large size can be a boon. But it can also be a bane if not properly managed as the ramifications could be felt across India’s $3 trillion economy.

This is where SBI has embraced technology, more so automation and a hyperscale approach. Hyperscalers have to be looked at it from two aspects – one is network and the second is software. Most banks and large organisations have a north to south connectivity, but there is no East to West kind of connectivity. East to West means connectivity between multiple applications. North to South is connecting your application to the outside system through DC, router and others.

 

State Bank of India Head Office, Mumbai // Photo: Getty Images

 

“Banks do not have the East to West connectivity due to security reasons you cannot have multiple systems talking to each other, they have to come to a routed setting,” points out Amit Saxena, Deputy Chief Technology Officer – Digital Banking, SBI.

While in normal times, these are issues that could be resolved at a slower pace, in the New Normal, financial institutions do not have the luxury of working at a pre-COVID pace.

“So, the biggest question for us just after the outbreak of the pandemic was what should be done on priority. All this got all of us into a situation that we have never thought of. But despite the adversities, we performed well,” says Saxena.

 

Nuts and Bolts of Automation

The challenge before Saxena was daunting to put it mildy. As digital adoption surged, the bank had to ensure that systems are geared up and meet the stringent requirements that Reserve Bank of India (RBI) – the banking regulatory body demands of banks. While SBI officials did not go into specifics, industry watchers are of the view that the bank had to make internal changes in business processes and align it with tech, with an eye on the future.

“Most in the BFSI sector have hyperscalers and private cloud implemented. We also have our private cloud and a lot of our applications are installed over there and that helps in the hyperscaling of our environment,” explains Saxena.

 

SBI looks at it from an aspect that gives them insights and this applies across their IT systems. “We tell them to tell me the four things that you are asking every day and you are extracting it. That is the first level of automation we said you would do it and this we have already implemented,” he says.

For example, all the data that has been sent across multiple bases which has been requested by multiple agencies and multiple regulators and also for internal usage that has to be automated which comes in frequently.

“The second thing that we have done is how well you know your IT systems and tell me when it is going to go down. That we have also automated. So a surge coming in would be reported within a millisecond itself because that’s an automated kind of a thing that is integrated with a lot of our systems and everybody would be able to see the live transaction processing of the system,” points out Saxena.

It shows the downstream systems and the upstream systems, which means from the incoming traffic to the outgoing processing traffic.

So, till what extent has automation been achieved?

“I won’t say 100 percent but in some of the places for example we have got a full digital bank. There are other systems which have achieved more or less of it but there is an opportunity for an organisation to keep on continuing with what they are doing,” Saxena avers.

Here one needs to understand that automation in the Western sense will not be applicable in India and definitely not in the scale that champions of automation prescribe.

… We can tell how different systems are automating and what their monitoring method is. Some of the points are common across systems but at the same time we have to look at something that can be implemented across our organisation.

AMIT SAXENA, DEPUTY CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER – DIGITAL BANKING, STATE BANK OF INDIA (SBI)

 

This raises the question of whether India’s largest bank has specific guidelines when it comes to hyperscale automation? Saxena is of the view that there are certain principles of what you have to do. “It’s like asking a question about what you do every day, if someone is asking you to do it every day and then you are doing it then it is a process of automation,” he says.

The second thing we say is if you are automating your system then don’t look at it from a narrow region perspective. “I believe that we do this (automation) exercise wherein we tell how different systems tell how they are automating and what their monitoring method is. Some of the points are common across, but at the same time we have to look at a good takeaway and something that can be implemented across the organisation. If my foreign offices have done something because the regulator has asked them to do, it is a different country, then we should look at how that can be replicated in India,” says Saxena.

SBI’s approach to the Cloud

SBI has a presence in 39 countries globally. Traditionally, Indian banks do not have legacy systems which can be compared to say mainframes in US banks. SBI built its own private cloud called “Meghdoot” (Indian word for rain clouds) of about 7500VMs (Virtual Machines) hosting various financial services applications based on diverse technologies such as Oracle, Java etc. Meghdoot leverages virtualisation of compute, network and storage too (see box).

 

There are multiple critical business services which are leveraging Cloud Computing services:

  • SBI Kiosk Banking Application – A front office application for Financial Inclusion is accessed by 60,000+ strong BC network of SBI to service the banking needs of customers where branches are not closest or accessible to the customers for their day to day financial needs. At any point of time about 20,000 BCs pump the transactions on this cloud hosted application.
  • SBI Exclusif – SBI Wealth Management Services are hosted on Meghdoot

 

SBI Digital Channels hosted on Cloud:

  • SBI Buddy – SBI’s flagship initiative for digital payments is hosted on OnDemand cloud architecture to be scalable payments platform for Digital India.
  • SBI Quick – Missed Call Banking: Another scalable digital channel which processes 8+ million transactions per month
  • Various Leads Management Applications
  • Various intranet applications deployed for business support services

 

Above services are hosted under different models of cloud compute – Platform as Service, Software as a Service etc. It has brought agility in the deliveries, as well as automation of provisioning for cloud compute has been setup in DevOps model.

 

SBI will be leveraging Cloud Infrastructure for Collaboration Solutions, Capturing Customer interactions and Complaints, Analytics, Applications Development and Testing.

 

Refactoring old systems

However, there are older systems, which are being refactored and integrated with new-age systems. SBI has refactored some of the old systems but in banking there are certain heterogeneous systems that are not interconnected – such as a KYC (Know Your Customer) system or LOS (Loan Origination System).

“These were independent systems but now they are getting connected. Now they have to come to a middle layer, so those kind of design principles are being done at most of the places and some of those systems are still monolith so they are building an encapsulation layer at their end so that they should be able to export an API because they have never been consumed through a digital chat,” points out Saxena.

 

SBI YONO Automation
SBI YONO // Photo: State Bank of India

 

Now YONO, SBI’s application, has the capability to dish out a loan in a few minutes, akin to what fintechs have to offer. “We rolled out new services (post COVID-19), new features and made it a 100 per cent end-to-end digital platform wherein you can open an account without visiting the branch and complete your KYC,” points out Saxena.

We don’t see the need to maintain two versions [mobile and web] of a code, and that is a technology shift we are considering.

 

Are state-owned banks agile in the face of competition? This is the raging question across many Asian countries where government-backed banks are prevalent. “From the outside we might look conservative but as a bank we are very agile and have embraced every innovation across the banking sector,” Saxena maintains. For SBI, there are examples of YONO and partnerships with many Indian startup companies to help them navigate the next. We keep ourselves openly aware of the technological shifts that take place, states Saxena.

 

Tech roadmap

Going forward SBI is planning to do away with a separate mobile app and a portal, in an effort to reduce maintenance needs. “We don’t see the need to maintain two versions of a code and that is a technology shift we are considering,” reasons Saxena.

This generation does not care whether you are a bank or a service provider. Personalised experience are the way forward and that is where we are headed.

 

So, how does a bank of this size build a tech roadmap in a seemingly fast changing landscape? SBI has zeroed in providing ease-of-use experiences leveraging artificial intelligence, Virtual Reality, Scan-and-Pay and others. “My kind asks me why are you not providing a Netflix-like experience for banking services. This generation does not care whether you are a bank or a service provider. Personalised experience are the way forward and that is where we are headed,” said Saxena.

 

While that maybe the case, SBI has a huge responsibility. India has second-largest unbanked population in the world. As per government data, as of 13th February 2019, 340 million bank accounts have been opened under the government’s scheme. India’s population is around 1.2 billion. In absolute terms, India still has a large unbanked population, which is likely to be targeted in the coming years.

Studies have indicated that opening bank branches in rural unbanked locations was associated with significant reductions in rural poverty. Perhaps technology could aid in bridging the unbanked divide.

 

Read our previous instalment in the Awards series: Digital Transformation takes flight at Blue Bird Group

 

Nomination Window: 1st June – 31st July

The W.Media Asia Pacific Cloud & Datacenter Awards is the region’s flagship awards programme, recognising achievements and excellence across all mission critical technology sectors. We are opening the awards to organisations four regions and nineteen categories to encompass the entirety of APAC’s Cloud & Datacenter ecosystem.

Is there a team, project, or individual who you believe has made outstanding contributions to the industry this year? Find out more about how to submit your nomination here.

 

Mitsui to invest $2.7 billion in Japan Data Centres by 2026

Mitsui & Co. is expected to invest a total of 300 billion yen ($2.7 billion) by 2026 in the development of new data centers and plans to acquire existing facilities.

According to a report by Nikkei Asia, Mitsui will also partner with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to launch an investment fund focused on data centre construction. The fund is expected to manage several hundreds of millions of dollars. A 50-50 joint venture will also be formed between the new fund and Fidelity Investments.

The joint venture will be operated by Colt Data Center Services, a Fidelity subsidiary.

Mitsui has joined forces with overseas investors to build three large facilities in three locations, including Kyoto and Chiba by 2026. The project is expected to cost 150 billion yen.

These developments come in the wake of a surge in technology adoption as a result of the restrictions placed due to the pandemic.Data centre penetration in Japan is largely concentrated in two regions- Tokyo and Osaka.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has committed to backing the development of key 5G network infrastructure.

Japan ranks third behind US and China, in terms of data centre penetration. It has a 6 per cent market share, according to Synergy Research Group.

The amount of data moving between the major internet providers in Japan increased more than 50% from a year ago, according to a November 2020 survey conducted by the ministry of internal affairs. In 2020, data centres in Japan had a total floor space of 350,000 square meters, according to IDC Japan. The research company expects floor space to increase to 1.24 million square meters, as companies such as Google and Microsoft aggressively expand.

Other companies also see Japan as strong destination to set up data centres. Recently, Singapore-based Princeton Digital Group (PDG) today announced its plan to build one of the largest hyperscale facilities in Tokyo, Japan, with a total investment value of USD 1 Billion.

Read: https://w.media/princeton-digital-group-invest-us1b-to-built-100-mw-data-center-campus-in-japan/

Similarly, Digital Edge Singapore Holdings Pte. Ltd. has announced the addition of two data centres in Japan.

Nomination Window: 1st June – 31st July

The W.Media Asia Pacific Cloud & Datacenter Awards is the region’s flagship awards programme, recognising achievements and excellence across all mission critical technology sectors. We are opening the awards to organisations four regions and nineteen categories to encompass the entirety of APAC’s Cloud & Datacenter ecosystem.

Is there a team, project, or individual who you believe has made outstanding contributions to the industry this year? Find out more about how to submit your nomination here.

 

NextDC adds 2 Direct Connection points to Google Cloud via Brisbane DC

NextDC, an Australian data centre services provider has added two direct connection points to Google Cloud through its B2 Brisbane data centre.

The company said that its B2 Brisbane data centre is the newest Cloud Interconnect location for Google Cloud, becoming Queensland’s first locally available cloud access location.

Delivering extremely low-latency, secure connections direct to Google Cloud, it will significantly improve the journey to Hybrid Cloud for enterprise and government located in Queensland, the company said in a statement.

Organisations now have the ability to connect locally, and natively to Google Cloud via two new Google Cloud Interconnect points directly at B2, which will reduce network costs, increase bandwidth throughput, and provide a superior network experience than Internet-based connections.

NextDC CEO Craig Scroggie said: “The introduction of these two Google Cloud Interconnect locations at B2 is an important step forward for Queensland. As Queensland’s first locally available cloud access point, we will deliver important connectivity and geo-redundancy for cloud service durability to a previously underserved market.”

Queensland businesses connecting to Google Cloud from B2 will directly benefit from direct, and private very low latency connection to Google Cloud. Local access to Google Cloud removes the need for organisations to haul their Google Cloud workloads back to Sydney via intercapital or internet-based connections. Not only will it alleviate the connectivity cost burden, but it also enables organisations to achieve significant network performance improvements in terms of latency, enabling a faster round-trip time, and close to zero jitter.

“Our customers are leaning further into their digital infrastructure and networks, and the critical role that NEXTDC plays is ensuring they are securely and directly interconnected to the clouds and IT services that drive the growth of their business. Direct connectivity to Google Cloud via this new Cloud location in Brisbane further expands the capability we offer our customers, for secure, low-latency, reliable and easy-to-manage interconnectivity that is increasingly needed as they advance their journey to cloud,” said Scroggie.

Queensland organisations have the option to choose between Google Cloud’s dedicated Cloud Interconnect accessed via a Cross Connect, or Google Cloud’s Partner Interconnect solution which is accessed via NEXTDC’s AXON interconnection platform.

AXON is a powerful interconnection platform that interconnects organisations into NEXTDC’s national data centre footprint and Australia’s largest and most network-rich partner ecosystem.

Also read: https://w.media/bgis-acquires-data-centre-specialist-area3/

Nomination Window: 1st June – 31st July

The W.Media Asia Pacific Cloud & Datacenter Awards is the region’s flagship awards programme, recognising achievements and excellence across all mission critical technology sectors. We are opening the awards to organisations four regions and nineteen categories to encompass the entirety of APAC’s Cloud & Datacenter ecosystem.

Is there a team, project, or individual who you believe has made outstanding contributions to the industry this year? Find out more about how to submit your nomination here.

 

Brunei’s largest data centre operator UNN offers co-location service

Brunei’s largest commercial data centre operator, Unified National Networks (UNN) has launched its co-location service following the newly refurbished Tier 2 data centre.

UNN provides local and international companies access to co-location services, aligned supporting Brunei Vision 2035 initiatives.

UNN is owned by His Majesty’s Government of Brunei Darussalam, and recognised as a Government-Linked company under Darussalam Assets Sdn Bhd. Established on 4 December 2018, the UNN purpose is serving Brunei Darussalam’s digital telecommunications, offering wholesale telecommunication services to both national and international clients.

On the 1st of September 2019, UNN officially took over all network infrastructure operated by the existing telecommunications service providers, including Imagine Sdn Bhd (imagine), Datastream Technology Sdn Bhd (DST), Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd (Progresif) and Brunei International Gateway Sdn Bhd (BIG) in an effort to consolidate and modernise all the transferred networks in order to deliver resilient and quality services to the nation.

The new co-location service will provide an enhanced customer experience and convenience with remote hand service allowing customers to execute their data centre operation remotely, according to a report in Asia News Network.

With this, customers can now focus on tasks within their organisation and will no longer need to send their staff to the data centre, the report added.

Local businesses and IT companies can set up a disaster recovery (DR) data centre and augment their data centre expansion plan. Borneo-IX customers are also eligible to subscribe to the new co-location service at a special rate, the company said.

Further, UNN will assist customers in verifying physical and visual inspection of device status, change tape and storage media.

Nomination Window: 1st June – 31st July

The W.Media Asia Pacific Cloud & Datacenter Awards is the region’s flagship awards programme, recognising achievements and excellence across all mission critical technology sectors. We are opening the awards to organisations four regions and nineteen categories to encompass the entirety of APAC’s Cloud & Datacenter ecosystem.

Is there a team, project, or individual who you believe has made outstanding contributions to the industry this year? Find out more about how to submit your nomination here.

 

Schneider Electric Launches Industry-First All-In-One Liquid Cooled Modular Data Center

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced the launch of a liquid-cooled, EcoStruxure Modular Data Center, All-In-One Module. Integrated by Avnet and containing chassis-level precision immersion cooling from Iceotope, the new prefabricated module will allow the most CPU and GPU-intensive high performance computing (HPC) edge applications to be deployed with greater reliability in harsh and remote environments. From industrial manufacturing and automotive sites, to telco, military, mining, oil and gas, this market-first enables real-time data to be processed faster with greater innovation, efficiency and lower latency.

Housed in a 20’ ISO standard container, the new All-In-One solution accommodates a standard 60kW IT load, with IT capacity of up to 336kW available as a custom-made solution. The system also includes an 80kW Galaxy VS 3-phase UPS, complete battery back-up, fire protection, fully integrated heat rejection and redundant cooling. Remote monitoring and management of both the physical environment and IT equipment is enabled with the award-winning EcoStruxure IT software.

As part of the EcoStruxure Modular Data Centers range, the Liquid-Cooled All-In-One prefabricated module delivers a fast, flexible and predictable solution, offering the same quality and functionality as a traditional, stick-built facility. It enables new data centre capacity to be designed, built and installed in a fraction of the time taken to acquire and develop traditional data centre environments. All equipment is factory-installed and tested to provide resilient and predictable performance with decreased risk from day one.

Increased security, resiliency and efficiency with chassis-level precision immersion cooling:

Designed for sustainable operations, the new All-In-One module combines high efficiency with an ultra-low PUE <1.15, with some sites today showing that PUE of 1.03 can also be achieved. The use of liquid cooling reduces the requirement for air handling equipment, simplifying the cooling infrastructure and eliminating the need for fans. This offers the dual effect of lowering infrastructure energy use, making more power available to the IT load and improving the reliability of the environment. It also reduces maintenance and service complexity through the exclusion of electro-mechanical devices, which require regular upgrades and replacement.

Read: Cloud & Datacenter Awards Summit 2021 Starting in July

Using Iceotope’s Ku:l 2 liquid-cooled chassis enclosures integrated with Schneider Electric’s NetShelter Liquid-Cooled rack system, mission-critical IT equipment is completely isolated from the environment and precision immersion-cooled in a sealed enclosure which is impervious to dust, gases and humidity. Secure and tamper-proof, computing, storage and networking equipment is provided with an extra level of physical and I/O-connective security.

“Today, demand for the most powerful CPUs and GPUs has risen in practically every IT application, while at the same time, competition for space has quickly become acute,” said Robert Bunger, Program Director, CTO Office, Schneider Electric. “The new All-In-One Liquid-Cooled Prefabricated Data Center Module meets the need to deploy compute-intensive processing power in a compact, secure and dedicated edge environment, which can be deployed almost anywhere in as little as six weeks.”

Nomination Window: 1st June – 31st July

The W.Media Asia Pacific Cloud & Datacenter Awards is the region’s flagship awards programme, recognising achievements and excellence across all mission critical technology sectors. We are opening the awards to organisations four regions and nineteen categories to encompass the entirety of APAC’s Cloud & Datacenter ecosystem.

Is there a team, project, or individual who you believe has made outstanding contributions to the industry this year? Find out more about how to submit your nomination here.

 

Nokia unveils new data centre switching solution to support colocation and cloud hosting

Finnish smartphone manufacturer Nokia announced the launch of 7220 Interconnect Router (IXR), a brand new data centre switching solution for cloud colocation and hosting operations.

The 7220 IXR is a solution that comprises Nokia’s network operating system, SR Linux, and NetOps, a development toolkit that automates and improves the efficiency of data centre network operations. With the 7220 IXR, data centres are able to conduct data centre switching more smoothly, as well as handle peering traffic needs in data centres.

Steve Vogelsang, CTO and head of strategy for Nokia’s IP and Optical Business, said that the new solution will also be able to power and accelerate the services of next-generation technologies such as 5G, IoT, and AI.

“Data centre hosting and colocation providers increasingly need open data center switching solutions that scale to support growing business needs and integrate easily into their existing data center operations,” he added.

Scott Brookshire, CTO of Energy Group Networks, parent company of international colocation provider OpenColo, said that their company will be deploying Nokia’s 7220 IXR in its data centre colocation and hosting operations.

“Nokia and its SR Linux was an easy choice. We wanted a solution that was extensible, open, supported telemetry and gNMI, and was provided by a company that transforms networking both on the hardware and software side,” he noted.

“We [appreciate] that Nokia builds and supports its hardware, so we have a single vendor to manage and work with should we ever run into problems.” Mr. Brookshire continued.

Nomination Window: 1st June – 31st July

The W.Media Asia Pacific Cloud & Datacenter Awards is the region’s flagship awards programme, recognising achievements and excellence across all mission critical technology sectors. We are opening the awards to organisations four regions and nineteen categories to encompass the entirety of APAC’s Cloud & Datacenter ecosystem.

Is there a team, project, or individual who you believe has made outstanding contributions to the industry this year? Find out more about how to submit your nomination here.

 

Tesla is building a data centre in Shanghai this June

Tesla, founded by Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk, will build a data centre in Shanghai by the end of June this year.

The news was confirmed by Tesla China’s Head of Communications, Grace Tao.

According to the South China Morning Post, the move forms part of the electric vehicle (EV) company’s plan to adequately handle the data collected from its EVs after the China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology revealed its push for more stringent regulation surrounding data collection.

This also comes after reports about the Chinese military’s ban on Tesla vehicles in its facilities due to the same data collection concerns.

In March, Elon Musk, who is also the founder of SpaceX, assured consumers at the 2021 China Development Forum that Tesla vehicles are not used for spying.

“If Tesla used cars to spy in China or anywhere, we will be shut down,” he said.

Tesla’s Shanghai data centre is slated for completion at the end of June this year, but the operation date has not been confirmed. However, Tao also revealed that Tesla will also conduct R&D efforts in China in the near future.

Japan’s NTT opens new data centre in Silicon Valley

Japanese telecommunications giant NTT has completed its hyperscale data centre in Silicon Valley, officially entering the US data centre market.

Named SV1, the facility is located in Walsh Avenue, Santa Clara. The four-storey facility spans 160,000 square feet with 64,000 square feet of IT space. It has a capacity of 16 Megawatts (MW). Power densities in the data centre range from 7 kilowatts (kW) to 20 kilowatts per rack.

Much like NTT’s existing facilities in Japan. SV1 also contains disaster protection features, such as a base isolation system that is able to protect the establishment against earthquakes.

SV1 is NTT’s third completed data centre campus this year. In February, the company opened two data centres in Chicago and Hillsboro, Oregon with capacities of 72 MW and 126 MW respectively.

As one of the most prominent tech players in Asia, NTT has an expansive portfolio of data centre facilities in Japan and beyond. The company already has 11 data centres in its home country, and is planning to build more data centres in Asian markets including Malaysia, Indonesia, and India.

Finland’s UpCloud opens new data centre in Sydney

Finnish cloud hosting company UpCloud has announced the opening of its new data centre in Sydney, Australia.

Named AU-SYD1, the facility marks UpCloud’s first data centre in Oceania. It is located in Equinix’s flagship Sydney data centre campus, SY5, which is Equinix’s largest data centre in Australia.

UpCloud CTO Joel Pihlajamaa explains that UpCloud’s proximity to Equinix’s SY5 means better latency and improved service offerings to businesses with clients in Australia and Oceania.

“We’ve had a large base of users from Australia and New Zealand using our Singapore data centre for a long time. Many of them asked us to expand our service offering to Australia,” said UpCloud CEO Antti Vilpponen on the company’s decision to establish a new facility in Australia.

“We also believe that Australian users will value a new cloud provider offering a more premium level of features, such as 100 percent uptime SLA, 24/7 technical support and personal approach,” he added.

The company launched three new data centres in New York, Madrid, and Warsaw last year. AU-SYD1 is their twelfth in the world. UpCloud also said that it hopes to launch more data centres in multiple new locations this year.

Australia’s data centre market continues to flourish

UpCloud’s forage into Sydney continues to illustrate the city’s status as one of the world’s largest data centre markets.

This week, several data centre players have made moves that would greatly contribute to Australia’s data centre ecosystem. Homegrown providers Fibre Expressway and Leading Edge Data Centres have unveiled plans to bring data centres to regional and rural areas in the country.

AU-SYD1 will be available from 31 March 2021.

Princeton Digital Group to build its first DC in India

This data centre will be ready by 2022, in Navi Mumbai and will have the IT capacity of 48 MW, spread across two buildings. This new campus is designed to serve internet and cloud companies including leading hyperscalers in Mumbai.

“We are delighted to announce the build of our first data centre campus in India. Our commitment to supporting our hyperscale customers in India is part of our core strategy to be a market leader in APAC”, said Rangu Salgame, Chairman and CEO of PGD.

“PGD is the only company with the expertise, agility and backing to have built an unrivalled portfolio of 18 data centres, with over 350MW, across four countries- China, Singapore, Indonesia and India, in three years”.

Mumbai is one of the most exciting markets in India and with the development of a data centre in this city PGD is looking to become a significant player in the market. “Our ambition is to be one of the largest, pan national hyperscale data center provider in the country over the next three years”, added Vipin Shirsat, Managing Director, India at PGD.

“Mumbais data centre market is estimated to reach a CAGR of 22 per cent for the period 2017-2023.

As the largest data center market in India, Mumbai houses 31 per cent of the nation’s colocation footprint even as providers move further inland through Navi Mumbai which is considered a submarket of Mumbai”, said Dan Thompson, Principal Research Analyst, Datacenter Services & Infrastructure for 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence.

The current model of PGD helps it enter the hyperscale growth markets like Mumbai and strengthen their customers with sustainable and reliable data centre capacity, the company said.