Top data centre launches of 2020

22 December 2020 | Capacity team


Worldwide spend on data centre hardware and software increased by 2% from the third quarter of 2019, caused by a 21% jump in spending on public cloud infrastructure, according to new Q3 data from Synergy Research Group.

The research group found that enterprise spending on their own data centre infrastructure dropped 8% from last year, the third consecutive quarter to feature a substantial decline.

In terms of market share, ODMs in aggregate accounted for the largest portion of the public cloud market, with Huawei, Dell and Inspur jostling to be the leading vendor.

The Q3 market leaders in enterprise infrastructure were Dell and Microsoft, followed at a distance by HPE, Cisco and VMware.

“The total data centre equipment market is in a reasonably steady state, with growth over the last six quarters averaging 2%, but the mix of spending by public cloud providers and enterprises continues to shift substantially in favour of cloud,” said John Dinsdale, a chief analyst at Synergy Research Group.

 Here's Data Economy's pick of some of the data centre announcements that made headlines over the last 12 months


KT unveils Seoul’s largest hyperscale data centre

In November South Korea's KT completed construction on Seoul’s largest hyperscale data centre, KT DX IDC Yongsan.

Located in Seoul’s Yongsan district, the facility is KT’s 13th and boasts and array of environmental credentials. Efficient cooling systems claim to cut cooling costs by 20% and this will contribute towards KT’s target of reducing annual carbon emissions by 26,000 tons.

A source from KT told local media: “It is equivalent to saving 3.85 million trees.”



Africa Data Centres gets $300m from US government for expansion and acquisitions

The US said in December that it is investing US$300m in Liquid Telecom’s Africa Data Centres (ADC), to fund expansion in South Africa and Kenya as well as new builds and acquisitions elsewhere.

The International Development Finance Corporation (IFC), based in Washington DC, said the finance would also support ADC’s entry into new markets in other African countries. ADC is also planning to build a data centre in the Nigerian city of Lagos, the biggest facility on the continent outside of South Africa.

Strive Masiyiwa, head of Econet Wireless, the Zimbabwe operator that owns Liquid Telecom and ADC, said: “This money will allow us to expand our facilities in South Africa and Kenya, as well as build new facilities in Egypt, Ghana, and Morocco.”


NTT opens London data centre as part of £500m investment plan

NTT Ltd. opened its London 1 Data Centre, the latest addition to its growing data centre portfolio, in Dagenham, East London.

In the company’s virtual tour of the facility, NTT Ltd. said the location will more than triple its data centre footprint in the UK and make it the third largest data centre company globally.

The company also expects 100 people with technical and operational skills to be employed at the London data centre when it is fully operational with clients.

The opening of the facility is part of NTT’s ongoing £500 million data centre investment strategy, with the company adding that further sites will include the opening of Hemel Hempstead 4 Data Centre, NTT’s seventh data centre in the UK.


atNorth breaks ground on $72m data centre in Stockholm

atNorth – previously known as Advania Data Centers –  broke ground on a new $72 million data centre in Stockholm, Sweden, this month.

The company revealed that the complex is set to have an IT load of 11.2MW and generate excess heat that Stockholm Exergi will use to heat local homes.

atNorth plan to construct the 6,400 sqm data centre in seven steps, with the first phase scheduled to be operational in December 2021.

The company said the new date was later than initially planned due to Covid-19 related delays.


GIC-backed green data centre goes live in Jakarta

SpaceDC’s first Jakarta data centre, which boasted several environmental credentials, went live in early November. 

Announced in 2019, JAK2 is SpaceDC’s first environmentally friendly facility The 1.45MW data centre is targeted at colocation and wholesale customers and is located on the SpaceDC ID01 data centre campus.

“With Indonesia having SEA’s largest population, and the region’s largest digital economy, it only made sense for us to open our first facility in this market,” said Darren Hawkins, CEO of SpaceDC.