Keppel Data Centres has entered into an agreement with Huawei, Xiangjiang Science & Technology and Cloud Engine (Beijing) Network Technology to enhance cooperation in developing more efficient and robust data centres.
Huawei operates as a leading technology vendor, while Xiangjiang Science & Technology is a data centre equipment manufacturer, with Cloud Engine (Beijing) Network Technology specialising in cloud services system integration.
"Keppel Data Centres is pleased to support the data centre growth requirements of international as well as local Chinese enterprises with this strategic collaboration,” said Wong Wai Meng, CEO of Keppel Data Centres.
"As one of Huawei Cloud's DC solutions provider of choice, we look forward to contributing to the collaboration with Keppel Data Centres' experience in providing robust and reliable data centre solutions. Together with our partners, we can help businesses fully realise their digital potential."
The inking of this agreement will allow each respective organisation to draw on the expertise from the other partners to develop, operate and maintain high-availability data centres in China and around the world by leveraging respective core strengths.
"Huawei signed a cooperation agreement on green data centre technology development with Keppel Data Centres last year,” said Zhou Danjin, president of the Southern Pacific Region of Huawei Enterprise Business Group.
“Together with our partners Keppel Data Centres, Cloud Engine, and Xiangjiang Technology, Huawei hopes to continue to help Keppel Data Centres to enhance the global data centre landscape, reduce operating expenditure, improve operational efficiency, and promote the common development of all parties through continuously innovative data centre solutions and global service networks."
Through this agreement, Huawei Network Energy will be able to provide advanced technologies such as network connection, energy efficiency improvement, and intelligent management.
Furthermore, Huawei's enterprise cloud offerings and expanding global data centre footprint can potentially benefit from Keppel Data Centres track record in providing custom data centre solutions across the Asia Pacific and Europe.
Xiangjiang can then potentially draw on its strengths in data centre equipment and system integration, and Cloud Engine can bring into full play its expertise in technology, capital and consulting.
"Since the establishment of Xiangjiang Science & Technology about 20 years ago, we have become a network and application service provider alongside the rapid development of China's information industry,” said Wang Zhiyuan, the executive vice president of Xiangjiang Science & Technology.
“We provide products and services to China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom and other well-known enterprise customers and governments.
"We look forward to contributing to the cooperation and providing our expertise in data centre solutions and systems integration."
As leading solutions providers for different parts of the data centre value chain from power and cooling equipment to server hardware, operational know-how and enterprise cloud solutions, the companies intend to jointly promote each other's services when pursuing data centre projects.
"As a comprehensive new generation data centre service provider, Cloud Engine will bring its expertise in data centre investment, planning and design, engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) general contracting and operation into full play,” added Dong Yutao, CEO of Cloud Engine.
"We [Cloud Engine] look forward with our partners to make ‘cloud' become the ‘engine' of economic upgrading and enterprise digital transformation."
The global data centre demand is expected to continue to grow in the coming years, driven primarily by storage demands which are expected to increase fivefold from 2016 to 2021 as a result of widespread adoption of cloud-based services and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Fundamental to this growth is the four billion global internet users, 772 million (20 per cent) of which comes from China.