Continuing its push into international markets, Las Vegas-based Switch has teamed up with Thailand’s government and the country’s biggest banks to build what the company said will be the largest data center in Thailand, reports DataCenterKnowledge.com.
Construction has begun on the new $300 million USD (11 billion THB) SUPERNAP Thailand, located in Hemmaraj Industrial Estate in Thailand’s eastern province Chonburi. SUPERNAP Thailand will be the first Uptime Institute rated Tier IV Gold data center in Asia, as well as the largest data center in the Kingdom. The facility, which is expected to open in the first quarter of 2017, will have capacity for more than 6,000 data server racks.
“Asia Pacific has been one of the biggest emerging markets for data center services,” writes Yevgeniy Sverdlik on DataCenterKnowledge.com. “Within the region, the leading data center markets are China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and Australia. While Thailand isn’t one of the top markets in the area, at least some of Switch’s partners in the project will also be taking space in the future facility, which reduces the business risk of going into the new market.”
“This unique data center design will not only bring innovative technology to the Kingdom, but will also attract international investors,” Deepak Sarup, executive VP of Siam Commercial Bank and SuperNap Thailand chairman, said in a statement. “The facility will play an important role to support the country’s business development by showcasing Thailand as a regional hub for data centers.”
SUPERNAP International is a partnership between Switch SUPERNAP and ACDC Fund, a fund whose two limited partners are Orascom TMT Investments and Accelero Capital. The combined result is a blend of success stories in the international telecommunications and digital media industry, the ability to innovate and the inventions of cutting-edge proprietary data center technologies developed by Switch SUPERNAP CEO and Founder Rob Roy—fully integrated to meet the global demand for high-density colocation innovation.