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Pacnet opens flagship data centre with Tier 3 design certification

Nurdianah Md Nur | Jan. 15, 2014
The new data centre, SGCS2, is a concurrently maintainable facility that promises 99 percent uptime.

Pacnet opening
From left: Jim Fagan, President, Managed Services, Pacnet; Marcus Cheng, CEO, Acclivis; Carl Grivner, Pacnet, CEO; Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore; and Giles Proctor Vice President, Data Centre Construction & Operations. The launch was held at the facility at Paya Lebar.

Pacnet, a provider of integrated network and technology solutions in the Asia Pacific region, yesterday officially launched its flagship data centre, Cloudspace II (SGCS2).

 Located at Paya Lebar, Singapore, the SGCS2 is a 155,000-square foot data centre which was built to Tier III criteria and received certification of the design documents by Uptime Institute, said Giles Proctor, vice president of Data Centre Construction & Operations of Pacnet, at the launch. The facility is designed to support customer requirements for high-power density needs through the supply of 12 MVA utility supply and is capable of supporting 1,500 IT racks.

According to Proctor, the SGCS2 is a concurrently maintainable facility that promises 99 percent uptime even when the infrastructure needs to undergo maintenance. He explained that the facility uses a distributed redundant electrical system that provides dual, redundant sources of power to every rack with no common point of failure to ensure that power is always flowing in the data centre. The facility is also fitted with redundant chillers and chilled water storage to provide an uninterrupted supply of cooling to the data halls while maintaining the optimal temperature levels.

With the belief that software defined data centre is the future of data centres, the new facility offers customers access to the Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN). Proctor explained that PEN is a Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) platform that allows customers in the SGCS2 to manage networking services virtually and build cloud ready networks that are scalable and cost-efficient. PEN will also allow its customers to easily connect with other PEN-enabled facilities across Asia Pacific for a fully automated bandwidth provisioning.

Besides being certified by Uptime Institute, the SGCS2's design is in accordance with Singapore's BCA Green Mark Scheme and complies with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) technology risk management guidelines.

In line with its expansion plans, Pacnet plans to open another data centre facility in China in the second half of this year.


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