Hot on the heels of Google’s announcement last month that it will build its third data centre in Singapore is Facebook, which declared today that it will be establishing its first Asia data centre in the country.
NTT Communications’ new data centre cooling technology will debut at Hong Kong Financial Data Center Tower 2 (FDC2) in December. The first green thermal management solution in Hong Kong will feature a new front-flow cooling system (AHU) designed to optimise both energy usage and cost of the data centre, increasing energy efficiency by more than 20 percent compared with traditional cooling systems.
The innovative front-flow cooling system, a custom air handling and Fay Array CRAH launched in partnership with Emerson Network Power, is designed to keep power consumption to a minimum while ensuring the data center stays online and is reliable at all time. This benefits enterprise users that leverage lower energy costs to build a competitive business edge.
“With power consumption accounting for a major operating expense of data centers today, we have recognised that enhancing energy efficiency would be a top priority when we incorporate a high density design within the soon-to-be launched FDC2. We are confident that our new AHU will change the way data centers are designed, and help our clients drive business performance by optimising costs in the long term,” said Taylor Man, Executive Vice President, Cloud Business Division, NTT Com Asia.
Hong Kong is the top location in Asia Pacific when it comes to suitability for setting up new and outsourced data centres, according to IDC’s Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) Data Center Index study.
Singapore and Taiwan are the next favourites based on factors such as energy costs and bandwidth availability.
“Choosing a strategically correct location has become increasingly important for organisations to serve their customers across countries. Hence, the scrutinizing process has to be done very thoroughly and carefully,” said Simon Piff, Associate Vice President of Infrastructure Research at IDC Asia Pacific.
Limited land availability and high real estate prices are unlikely to make Hong Kong lose its status as a key data centre market in Asia Pacific, according to Frost & Sullivan.
The limitations are countered by the Hong Kong Government’s continuous support for the sector.
“Hong Kong’s strong political connection to Mainland China allows it to act as a gateway for global companies that seek to tap into opportunities in China’s market,” said Danni Xu, Research Analyst, ICT Practice, Asia Pacific at Frost & Sullivan. “Moreover, Hong Kong’s business-friendly and free-trade environment has drawn a number of multinational corporations (MNCs) to set up their regional headquarters in the country. This has brought in numerous investments and job opportunities, and created demand for data center services.”