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Global Switch opens final stage of Hong Kong data center

2021 / 04 / 26

The final stage of Global Switch’s Hong Kong data center has been completed and is now operational at the Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate. 

The final stage, which comprises 35,600 square metres at 58MVA utility power supply capacity, brings the total floor space to 70,228 square metres and a total power supply capacity of 100MVA.

According to Global Switch, Hong Kong is undergoing the ‘highest’ data center growth rate worldwide. As such, the company chose to position its facility close to the Tseung Kwan O cable landing station, two other major submarine cable landing stations and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange hosting facility.

Global Switch CEO John Corcoran says that his team, contractors, and wider supply chain worked through COVID to ensure that the final stage of its data center was completed. 

“It is a fantastic achievement and strengthens our position as one of the leading data centre providers in the region, providing our customers with rapid scalability and a full range of cloud and managed services supported by highly resilient power and cooling infrastructure and state-of-the-art security systems.”

“We have witnessed accelerating demand in this market and in addition to completing the data centre, we have also completed major fit-outs for financial services and hyperscale cloud providers.  We are delighted to support and contribute to maintaining Hong Kong’s position as one of the world’s leading financial centres, as well as serving the needs of the global digital economy.”

The data center incorporates three entry points, Mee Me Rooms, and a content and communications hub. 

Furthermore, that data center has a rated Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of less than 1.3, verified by CBRE Romonet. Energy efficiency features include an elevated temperature free cooling system and high efficiency uninterruptible power system (UPS).

Thermal storage tanks provide a total of 700 cubic metres of thermal storage that ensure continuous cooling at full load in the event of a city power failure.

The company further explains, “The facility is fed by two completely independent 132kV power sources with three on-site 50MVA transformers in N+1 configuration to meet the capacity and reliability customers require for their operations.”

“In order to cater for all customer requirements, the data centre incorporates both static uninterruptible power supplies (SUPS) with the generator back-up supply, and diesel rotary uninterrupted power supplies (DRUPS) which incorporate the standby power function.”

Lithium batteries supply more than 13MW of energy. Compared to lead acid batteries, lithium batteries also support the battery health monitoring system, as well as better operational cycles and faster recharging time.

Global Switch’s global footprint has increased to 428,000 square metres (4,600,000 square feet) with an aggregate 427MVA of utility power supply capacity.

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