Largest regional data center in PH eyeing second facility



The country’s largest regional data center is studying options to establish a second site ahead of the opening of a joint venture firm’s first center, Narra 1.

In a briefing on Monday, Digital Edge chief product officer Jonathan Chou said they aim to provide a service that will compete with data centers overseas such as those in Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States.

Chou said they consider regional players and not local counterparts as their competitors, thus the aim to “really work hard” to ensure their services meet the needs of their clients.

The $100-joint venture firm between regional player Digital Edge (Singapore) Holdings Pte. Ltd. and local technology and real estate company Threadborne Group, targets to provide world-class data center services with the likes of Amazon through its 10-megawatt (MW) center at the Laguna Technopark in Binan.

The center offers 2,200 cabinets for colocation site for technology-related firms.

Chou said the firm aims to be a carbon-neutral data center by 2030, to source at least 50 percent of power from renewable energy by 2025, and to achieve to have a peak power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.3 or less, among others.

“We have firm conviction on the size and the potential of the market in the Philippines. So, we will continue to invest as long as the growth is there,” he said.

Chou said they still do not have specific details for the second site but he described “it will be bigger” than their first branch and will materialize within five years.

Digital Edge Philippines Counter Manager Victor Barrios said they aim to be the “shining gold standard” for the industry for being the first regional data center in the country.

Barrios said the digital transformation in the country is key in their operations as more companies and the government tap technology to run their daily operations, especially since the pandemic hit.


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