Data centres set to grow in Singapore: Industry players

With growing internet connectivity, data centres are becoming an important facility. According to the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), Singapore now accounts for about half of the data centre capacity in the region.

Industry players have said this is set to grow, and recent expansions in the sector in the Republic will further strengthen Singapore’s position as a leading data management and connectivity hub in Asia.

New York-listed Digital Realty recently invested about S$200 million in a second data centre in Singapore. The new facility will span about 177,000 square feet.

This is to meet a growing demand in the region for agile, open and connected data centre solutions.

Digital Realty said that Singapore is a good base because of its connectivity and robust tech ecosystem.

Mr Daryl Dunbar, Digital Realty’s managing director for Asia Pacific, noted: “It is a very easy place to do business, there is a lot of very good support from the Government and industry for technology companies such as ourselves. But it is also a very good place for our customers to do business; they want to be in a location like Singapore again for the same reasons that we are here but also for the connectivity that is available.”

Looking ahead, industry experts expect the number of data centres in Singapore to grow, and a key focus will be on cutting down energy consumption.

According to IDA, energy consumption by the 10 largest data centre operators in Singapore is equivalent to that of 130,000 typical HDB households. It launched the Green Data Centre Innovation Programme earlier this month to raise overall energy efficiency in the sector.

Mr Toh Chai Keong, assistant chief executive of the Engineering & Technology Group at IDA, said: “As more and more data centres establish themselves here in Singapore, clearly there will be greater demand for energy. So to fulfil this expanded need, we have to start implementing measures and policies so that energy consumption by the data centres is sustainable.”

IDA said an energy efficiency improvement of 20 per cent is estimated to be able to yield a combined annual savings of more than S$34 million.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 29 May 2015

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