Is Singapore fast becoming a data centre hub in the region? It seems to be so. Reason: data centres are mushrooming in the city state.
This is happening due to an uptick in the demand for services such as cloud computing and increased consumption of content over the Internet.
For example, in April this year, two brand new data centres started operations in Singapore. One is by Telco operator NTT which unveiled a data centre located at the North Serangoon suburb in Singapore. Built to Tier 3 specifications, the data centre building stands at five floors high and offers 5,000 sq m of rack space, with some 2,500 racks.
The other data centre is NEC STEE Cloud Services' (NSCS) first data centre in South-east Asia. It is part of a joint venture between NEC Asia Pacific and ST Electronics (Info-Software Systems).
"Singapore as a geography is a preferred geography for many multinationals," says Srinivasan CR, vice president, Data Center and Infrastructure Managed Services, Product Management, Global Data and Managed Services, Tata Communications. "Thereby, Singapore market is a fairly international market rather than a local market. I think there is demand for space because of the kind of offering Singapore as a country has to make to international companies. It is a very politically stable country-it has all the infrastructure that is needed for a stable data centre."
In response to the surge in demand, even Tata Communications Exchange (TCX) data centre in Singapore is adding new capacity. It started operations in 2010.
The six-storey data centre in Tai Seng, near Paya Lebar, is situated in the new I-Park media hub complex. It has 66,000 sq ft of data centre space.
According to Easwardas Sivadas, manager - Data Centre and Managed Services at TCX Data Centre, two new data halls are getting readied on the building's 5th floor. Currently, the building's fourth floor has four data halls and two meet-me-rooms.
"In the last two years, we have had a fantastic traction in this data centre," says Srinivasan. "Customers have been excited about it. We had sold out all the capacity that we had created in day one. We are building more capacity as what we are seeing is that customers are valuing what we have built. People appreciate the fact that it is a great building, and people also appreciate the kind of high availability the building has, and also the fact that it provides a roadmap-from co-location services to managed hosting to cloud."
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TCX is part of the US$430 million that Tata Communications pledged to invest in Asia Pacific between 2009 and 2011. According to Tata Communications, US$180million of this figure was allocated to providing data centre infrastructure and managed services in this geography in 2010.
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