Digital Realty has acquired a long-term ground lease to develop Digital Loyang II (SIN12) data centre in Singapore, representing the provider’s third facility in the area.
“Digital transformation is set to contribute US$10 billion to Singapore’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2021,” said Mark Smith, managing director of Asia Pacific at Digital Realty.
“With leading global technology companies increasingly looking to expand their digital footprint in Singapore, there is a significant opportunity for leading infrastructure providers like Digital Realty to provide the trusted foundation for the nation’s technology landscape.
“Our customers are constantly investing in digital services to transform their businesses, and we remain committed to supporting them through these transformations."
The new data centre is expected to be fully operational by the third quarter of 2020, and occupies a land parcel totalling 12,800 square metres.
The facility will be located adjacent to the provider’s second local facility – Digital Loyang I (SIN11), located at Loyang Drive on the east side of Singapore.
“By leveraging Digital Realty’s global ecosystem, SIN12 customers will have access to a carrier-neutral operating environment, consisting of a world-class range of telco providers, service providers and business partners,” said Smith.
“The increased speed and connectivity of the global Digital Realty platform aims to provide low latency and highly reliable uptime for our customers."
Whilst the multi-story facility will occupy a land parcel of 12,800 square metres, it will have a total footprint of 34,000 square metres.
Located less than 25 kilometres from Singapore’s central business district, the facility will provide up to 50 megawatts (MW) of critical power capacity to regional and global customers.
Furthermore, both the existing SIN11 and planned SIN12 facilities are strategically located close to the Changi North Cable landing station, a key sub-sea internet landing station for the region.
The provider already enjoys a relationship with Singapore Internet Exchange (SGIX) to provide local peering at its Singapore data centre facilities in Jurong West (SIN10) and Loyang East (SIN11).
Customers in both facilities benefit from this relationship through greater and more cost-effective connectivity options. These peering points on both ends of the island enhance the overall resiliency of the peering solution ecosystem in Singapore.
“We are excited to expand our platform in Singapore and to continue building upon our relationships and ecosystem in this core financial and colocation hub,” said William Stein, chief executive officer of Digital Realty.
“With the addition of SIN12 to our Loyang connected campus, customers will soon have new ways to connect, extend their reach and find new business opportunities through our global data centre platform.
“Singapore has traditionally been a key hub for our global footprint, and given its robust existing infrastructure and strong support for digital transformation, it remains a leading destination for customers from around the world."
The new facility is expected to use indirect evaporative cooling to reduce power usage effectiveness (PUE) to between 1.2 to 1.3, with the goal of achieving the "most competitive" PUE for a commercial data centre in Singapore.
Delving deeper, efficient cooling system design and controls aim to minimise evaporation losses, which will improve water-use efficiency to below the average rating for data centres in Singapore.
These sustainable design features are expected to reduce pollution and noise attenuation, alongside an increase in overall space optimisation, all of which can be critical factors when developing on the island city-state.