$200m data centre to help boost digital economy here

At the opening of the facility in Loyang Way yesterday were (from left) Mr Stein, Ms Thien, Digital Realty chief investment officer Scott Peterson, Digital Realty senior vice-president for acquisitions Chris Kenney, US embassy deputy senior commercia
At the opening of the facility in Loyang Way yesterday were (from left) Mr Stein, Ms Thien, Digital Realty chief investment officer Scott Peterson, Digital Realty senior vice-president for acquisitions Chris Kenney, US embassy deputy senior commercial officer Stephen Jacques and Digital Realty managing director (Asia-Pacific) Edward HigasePHOTO: DIGITAL REALTY

A new $200 million data centre that will help boost Singapore's digital economy started operating yesterday. The facility in Loyang Way near Changi, which is the second opened here by United States-based Digital Realty, employs around 20 people.

The firm's first centre - at International Business Park in Jurong - opened in 2011.

The 177,000 sq ft Loyang facility will provide external data storage for banks, firms and telecommunication providers such as Singtel. It is connected to the Jurong centre via fibre networks, allowing for transfer and replication of data, which may attract customers looking to host and grow their digital presence in Singapore, said the company.

The Jurong and Loyang centres also function as Digital Realty's regional headquarters in the Asia-Pacific.

"The expansion of our footprint in Singapore underscores the city state's unique location at the heart of the digital economy across the Asia-Pacific region," said chief executive A. William Stein.

Digital Realty has been expanding in the region, announcing last month the construction of its first data facility in Japan.

In line with the industry's move towards more efficient energy consumption, the new centre here uses efficient chilled-water cooling systems and eco-friendly building materials. "We recognise the efficiency we need in a city state like Singapore... we'll focus on water and 'green' initiatives," said chief operating officer Jarrett Appleby.

Economic Development Board assistant managing director Thien Kwee Eng said at the opening of the new centre yesterday: "Data centres are a key component of the infrastructure that supports the digital economy. They enable both local and international companies to build digital capabilities and pursue their digital transformation strategies from within Singapore."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 03, 2016, with the headline '$200m data centre to help boost digital economy here'. Print Edition | Subscribe