Fujitsu unveils new S'pore data center

Touted as the IT vendor's greenest in the region, the facility boasts features such as monitoring controls that help save up to 30 percent of customers' power bills.
Written by Vivian Yeo, Contributor

Fujitsu Asia officially opened Tuesday a new data center in Singapore, said to be the company's greenest facility in Southeast Asia.

With a set-up cost of S$15 million (US$10.1 million), the Fujitsu East Data Centre (FeDC) is Fujitsu Asia's third in Singapore, according to a company statement. Fujitsu Limited operates 53 data centers in Japan, where it is headquartered, and 32 more outside the country.

Kelvin Ng, deputy director for enterprise managed services in Fujitsu Asia's services and solutions business unit, told ZDNet Asia in an e-mail interview Tuesday that the company's first two data centers in Singapore are "currently close to optimized usage". FeDC adds another 7,400 sq ft of physical space, and is expandable to 18,000 sq ft.

The new data center, said Fujitsu, is the most energy-efficient of its four facilities in Southeast Asia, and would allow customers energy savings of between 10 percent and 30 percent. Other than the three located in Singapore, the company has a site in Thailand's capital, Bangkok.

Green features in the FeDC include monitoring software that detects and controls power usage levels of equipment such as servers and storage systems, and measures such as thermometers at regular intervals and perforated floor tiles fitted with dampers, which help to keep the ambient temperature uniform. The site also has dimmed lighting to minimize power consumption. With its features, the FeDC is classified as a Tier III+ facility.

"The FeDC is our most advanced in Asean and builds upon Fujitsu’s world wide experience incorporating many features from our DC experiences here and abroad," Ng noted, adding that on top of green features, the site can "handle the latest high-density servers and storage equipment" and has "sufficient headroom for future technologies".

It will provide rack space, and data center design and implementation services to customers in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The facility will also be able to administer servers and databases, LANs, WANs and firewalls, and provide disaster recovery and business continuity services.

The FeDC has a utility-based pricing approach for the managed services it provides, said Fujitsu. Data center space will also be charged on a per-rack basis. The pay-per-use pricing model, which the company says will allow customers greater flexibility in their IT expenditure, is available for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) seeking to host up to five servers at the FeDC.

The new data center also provides customized packages of managed services on a per-project basis, suited for organizations that need to meet drastic short-term surges in computing requirements.

Commissioned and made operational in late 2008, the FeDC currently has a utilization rate of 25 percent with clients from the financial services and insurance industry, said Ng.

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