NTT Communications has opened its Tier IV ready FDC2 – the second phase of its Hong Kong Financial Data Center, marking the completion of the HKD 4 billion purpose-built data center complex offering a total of 7000+ racks, which is currently the city’s largest in capacity.
Designed to help data-centric enterprises accelerate digital transformation, FDC2’s state-of-the-art, energy-efficient and high-density design not only reduces the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for its customers, but also delivers high visibility to the enhanced level of data center service commitment.
“Hong Kong is at the crossroads of China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ development initiative where the city’s trade with Asian and European countries along the trade corridor has reached USD 670 billion in 2014, accounting for 66 per cent of the city’s total trade. However many local, Mainland China and global enterprises have yet to truly transform to a digital enterprise with a future-poof data center strategy to cope with the rampant growth of mobility, IoT, cloud and big data. The establishment of FDC2 is set to address the acute demand of enterprises’ digital transformation as they capitalize global business opportunities,” said Mr. Tetsuya Shoji, President & CEO, NTT Communications Corporation.
“Data centers are part of the key infrastructure for a knowledge-based economy, playing a pivotal role in the development of our information and communications technology sector. Although land is a scarce resource in Hong Kong, we have made every effort in the past few years to make available suitable land for data center development, from greenfield sites to conversion of existing industrial buildings. The Government will continue to explore different means to make available more suitable land for data center use in Hong Kong such as through development of caverns,” said Mr. Nicholas Yang, the Secretary for Innovation and Technology, HKSAR Government.
“In this digital age when everything goes online, the role of data centers has never been more important. Not only are they the essential infrastructure supporting our pillar industries such as trading and finance, but also the catalyst for the development of new industries and applications that add impetus to our economy,” said Fanny Law, Chairperson of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP).
“We at HKSTP are devoted to staying connected with the industry to foster collaboration and catalyse growth. I congratulate NTT Communications for its foresight in launching this new data center which will benefit both the industry and the society in this era of digital transformation,” added Mrs Law.
High Power Density and Energy Efficient Cooling
Land scarcity and high rents in ICT hubs like Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore drive the need for smarter and more cost-efficient data center strategies, and increasing power density provides an answer by optimizing customers’ TCO, as more servers can be put on a rack on premises. Yet, failure to maintain stable temperature and humidity levels in ultra-high power density data centers can lead to IT asset failure costs and unplanned downtime for customers.
Armed with highly energy efficient and uninterrupted cooling facilities, FDC2 can host an industry-leading power density up to 24kVA per rack with the ability to also host ultra-tall racks up to 54U, for accommodating a maximum number of IT equipment. This is enabled by the facility’s advanced cooling technologies such as its Cooling Wall (an innovative front-flow cooling design with hot aisle containment) and the Cooling Battery (the largest thermal energy storage system for data center in Hong Kong). These technologies together not just enable the ultra-high power density with 100% uptime guarantee, but also increases the cooling energy efficiency by over 20% and helps FDC2 achieves a market leading annualized PUE of below 1.5 at full load condition.
Enhanced service visibility for risk management
Increasingly stringent compliance and pressure to achieve better return-on-investment (ROI) intensify business’ need for enhanced service transparency, data visualization and end-to-end lifecycle management of data center critical facilities.
FDC2 offers a data driven Virtual Data Center customer portal to provide unprecedented visibility to real-time and historical data center service performance including reliability, capacity and energy efficiency. Customers can reduce their business risk by making fast and informative decision through monitoring of real-time service performance as well as strategizing their data center approach based on historical information.
To extend the service level agreement (SLA) guarantee, FDC2 covers the availability of power, cooling, connectivity, security and response time. NTT Communications’ unrivalled comprehensive risk management and guaranteed compensation raise the bar of SLA coverage industry-wide.
In FY15 financial year, NTT Communications has already opened nine new data centers around the world, including India’s largest data center in Mumbai in October and the latest FDC2 in Hong Kong. The company has set aggressive plans to expand global data center footprints beyond Japan and especially in strategic markets like Hong Kong, to better serve the needs of the international enterprise customers.