StarHub Inks AirTrunk Data Centre Partnership

StarHub inks AirTrunk data centre partnership

09 October 2019 | Jason McGee-Abe

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StarHub and hyperscale specialist AirTrunk have signed a strategic partnership to provide data centre services in Singapore, establishing a trusted foundation for enterprise digital transformation and 5G innovations.

Through this partnership, StarHub will offer data centre services from AirTrunk’s new 60MW hyperscale data centre campus in Loyang, AirTrunk SGP1. The StarHub Data Centre @ Loyang facility is scheduled to be in service by mid-2020 and will offer a full suite of 24/7 information and communication technology and connectivity services to its customers.

“We are excited that through our partnership with AirTrunk, the benefits of the hyperscale data centre campus will be made available to our corporate customers, including optimising energy efficiency to lower their operational cost and reducing their corporate carbon footprints,” said Arthur Tang, head of enterprise business group, StarHub.

“With 5G expected to be available in Singapore from next year, we envisage the proliferation of new services through 5G’s mobile edge computing and campus networking capabilities. As such, we believe our customers will demand even more of such hyperscale data centre services to support their business innovations.”

As Singapore strives to become Asia’s digital capital, this facility will be critical to meeting the increasing demands from enterprises and hyperscalers, such as e-gaming, e-sports and e-commerce providers. Importantly, it will be carrier-neutral, with the ability to interconnect to the public cloud providers onsite at AirTrunk SGP1. The campus is strategically located close to the Changi North Cable Landing Station that serves as a critical gateway for several major submarine cables that bridge Singapore to the rest of the world.

The campus is expected to achieve the Building and Construction Authority Green Mark Platinum certification and industry-low power usage effectiveness (PUE). It is also designed to meet stringent security requirements including ISO 27001, PCI-DSS and Threat and Vulnerability Risk Assessment (TVRA), as set by the Monetary Authority of Singapore for all Singapore-based financial institutions.

Michael Juniper, deputy chief executive officer of AirTrunk, added: “AirTrunk is pleased to welcome StarHub and its customers into our state-of-the-art hyperscale data centre in Loyang, Singapore. StarHub will play an important role in AirTrunk’s cloud ecosystem, allowing StarHub’s customers the ability to directly connect to key public cloud nodes.”

In August, AirTrunk announced that it had completed an AUD $850 million financing process to fund a major expansion of its Australian data centres in Sydney and Melbourne, and across key Asia-Pacific markets.