BANGKOK, Jan. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — 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.
“The SUPERNAP Thailand data center is a mirror of Switch SUPERNAP U.S. facilities, which are the first Tier IV Gold carrier-neutral colocation data centers on the planet. This cutting-edge data center will meet the global demand for innovation in Asia Pacific,” said CEO of SUPERNAP International Khaled Bichara. “With the emergence of the AEC and with Thailand’s focus on digital growth, this data center will set a new precedent for quality, security and innovation in Asia Pacific. We look forward to working with Thailand to attract more investment and more growth to the Thai digital economy.”
SUPERNAP International is developing the project in partnership with a group of leading Thai organizations, including CPB Equity, Kasikorn Bank, Siam Commercial Bank and True IDC. Executives from Kasikorn Bank and Siam Commercial Bank say the development of the SUPERNAP Thailand data center will enhance the banks’ use of technology to better serve their customers and provide a homegrown solution for Thai companies that seek to expand their IT capabilities.
“SUPERNAP Thailand aims to generate significant benefits for Thailand’s economy. This unique data center design will not only bring innovative technology to the Kingdom, but will also attract international investors. The facility will play an important role to support the country’s business development by showcasing Thailand as a regional hub for data centers,” said Siam Commercial Bank Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and SUPERNAP Thailand Chairman Deepak Sarup. “Siam Commercial Bank is proud to be part of Thailand’s first state-of-the-art and purpose-built data center development project. With the SUPERNAP Thailand data center we are confident of the use of scalable, efficient and secure IT infrastructure facilities that will have 100 percent availability.”
The new SUPERNAP Thailand data center will cover an area of nearly 75 rai or 12 hectares and will be strategically built outside the flood zone, 110-meters above sea level and only 27 kilometers away from the international submarine cable landing station, which links the facility to national and international telecoms and IT carriers.
“Not only will SUPERNAP Thailand help grow Thailand’s digital economy, but it will also support Thai companies that seek to expand their offerings to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) sector,” said Somkid Jiranuntarat, vice chairman of Kasikorn Business-Technology Group. “We know that ultimately this will support our customers and enable us to do more for the Thai business community and public. Having a world-class data center is truly a competitive advantage for Thailand.”
The data center will be supported by two separate and newly-installed power sub-stations in order to provide additional redundancy and resilience to the facility.
The SUPERNAP Advantage
SUPERNAP International has established itself as the globally recognized leader in data center design, superscale cloud campus, unparalleled telecommunication gateways, and industry-leading sustainability. SUPERNAP International is the exclusive licensee outside the U.S. of the 218 patents and patents pending in data center technologies held by Switch SUPERNAP Founder and CEO Rob Roy.
In addition to SUPERNAP facilities being the first and only carrier-neutral colocation data centers to be certified Tier IV Gold in Operations by the Uptime Institute, SUPERNAP data centers meet and exceed the standards of IEEE, ANSI, ASHRAE, 24/7, ISO 9001, SAS 70/SSAE-16, BICSI and the Green Grid Association. SUPERNAP has more than 1,000 clients with the likes of eBay, Intel, Dreamworks, HP, Intuit, Hitachi, Sony, Boeing, Cisco, Google, Amazon and Time Warner.
True IDC, part of the Ascend Group, who is closely linked to the digital economy in Thailand and is overseeing expansion of Ascend Group and True IDC in the ASEAN region, regards SUPERNAP Thailand as an opportunity to obtain a prestigious roster of clients in the country and local region.
“SUPERNAP is a thought leader in the technology behind data centers, and we are pleased to be a partner in the launch of SUPERNAP Thailand,” shared Ascend Group Chief Executive Officer Punnamas Vichitkulwongsa. “Our partnership will drive growth for digital Thailand. SUPERNAP is an ideal solution for Thai companies that want to use data center and cloud as a competitive advantage. They have a great track record in innovation and client service. The technology is moving so fast, yet SUPERNAP International manages to stay at the forefront of the industry. It is great that they are now in Thailand – this will be a major benefit for the development of the nation’s economic growth.”
About SUPERNAP International
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.
SUPERNAP International holds the exclusive rights to design and build SUPERNAP data centers outside the United States, with the precise aim of bringing breakthrough innovation to the construction and use of data centers throughout the world.
The SUPERNAP International growth model is driven by the industry’s need for presence in multiple geographical zones, worldwide innovation, redundancy and intelligent design. Partnerships with local leaders, like-minded visionaries and established companies enable SUPERNAP International locations to remain community-focused and beneficial to local economies.
Visit supernapinternational.com for more information.
About SUPERNAP Thailand
SUPERNAP Thailand is a joint venture among SUPERNAP International, CPB Equity, Kasikorn Bank, Siam Commercial Bank and True IDC. The company was established under BOI promotion scheme in 2014. SUPERNAP Thailand is developing its first Tier IV Gold data center in Asia Pacific at Hemmaraj Industrial Estate, Chonburi, Thailand. The facility has capacity for more than 6,000 data server racks and is expected to be finished in early 2017.
Visit supernap.co.th for more information.