Digital Realty opens second data centre in Singapore

SINGAPORE - A new data centre that will help boost Singapore's digital economy was officially opened on Thursday (June 2).

The new facility in the east at Loyang Way is the second data centre here for US-based Digital Realty. Its first centre located in the west in Jurong has been in operation since 2011.

Spanning 177,000 square feet and able to support 13.2 megawatts of IT load, the Loyang centre will provide colocation services - external data storage - for companies and telecommunications providers.

It will also be connected to the data centre in Jurong, providing both central-to-east and east-to-west connectivity, so as to attract customers looking to host and grow their digital presence in Singapore, said the company.

"Data centres are a key component of the infrastructure that supports the digital economy," Economic Development Board (EDB) assistant managing director Ms Thien Kwee Eng said at Thursday's launch.

"They enable both local and international companies to build digital capabilities and pursue their digital transformation strategies from within Singapore," she said.

Key to this centre is also the connection it provides for Digital Realty's facilities across other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

"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 Digital Realty chief executive A William Stein.

"The launch of our new Loyang Way facility enables us to address a growing demand for agile, open, and connected data centre solutions from our customers across Asia Pacific and around the world," he said.

Digital Realty has been expanding its services in the region, announcing the construction of its first data facility in Japan in mid-May this year.