BDx makes history with first data center in Nanjing to receive Uptime Tier III Certification

Big Data Exchange (BDx) has made history with their new data center in Nanjing, which is the first facility in the city to achieve the Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Design Documents.

The data center being constructed in Nanjing, China received the highly sought after certification by proving the facility required no shutdowns for equipment replacement and maintenance.

“Ensuring that BDx meets, and even exceeds, the industry standards for our infrastructure is our top priority for all of our facilities, including our Nanjing data center,” said David Kim, the Chief Operating Officer for BDx.

The Nanjing data center known as NKG1 is powered by two separate 10 kilovolt feeders from two substations. The completion of this power source brings the BDx facility one step closer to launching.

“With 1,000 racks, the NKG1 facility is ideal for local organizations, Chinese OTTs and overseas companies looking to house their IT infrastructures in China,” said Sujit Panda, the Chief Technology Officer for BDx.

Upon the launch of the Nanjing data center, scheduled for October 2020, the facility will connect to the fully redundant command and control systems provided by the BDx Global Operating Platform. NKG1 is also strategically positioned to allow customers to interconnect across BDx clusters as well as public clouds and third-party data centers.

“The data center is strategically positioned along the newly defined Yangtze River Delta, one of the nation’s biggest inland ports, making it an ideal location for national and international businesses who want to grow their presence in China,” added Mr. Panda.

BDx announced the construction of their Nanjing data center back in February and would include 3,800 once fully completed.

“Its location and connectivity help BDx form a network hub designed to meet rising internet and cloud exchange demands from international and domestic customers,” said Bill Gao, the Executive Vice President and CEO for BDx China in February.

The Nanjing data center will add to the current eight data centers acquired by BDx in Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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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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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.”

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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.