Pacnet’s first data centre with tier III design certification in Singapore opens

Zafar Anjum

Pacnet opened Cloudspace II (SGCS2), the first data centre design in Singapore to be recognized with Uptime Institute's Tier Certification of Design Documents, the communications and networking company announced on 14 March.

According to Pacnet, SGCS2 is designed to comply with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) technology risk management guidelines which address a range of potential security threats. The SGCS2 facility has undergone a threat vulnerability risk assessment (TVRA) to ensure it meets the security requirements of the financial services industry.

The US$90 million facility is one of Pacnet's flagship data centres built to help meet the rapidly growing demand for interconnected, advanced data and managed services in the Asia-Pacific region, the company said in a statement.

Leading multinational companies and local enterprises such as Acclivis Technologies and Solutions (Acclivis) have already committed to deploying in SGCS2 to expand their business. Headquartered in Singapore, Acclivis is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DeClout Limited that is listed on the Catalist Board of the SGX-ST.

The eight-storey, 155,000-square foot standalone facility, strategically located in Paya Lebar, was built to Tier III criteria and received certification of the design documents by Uptime Institute on 4 December 2013.

The facility is also designed in accordance with the BCA Green Mark scheme -- the equivalent to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the US Green Building Council.

"We are excited about launching Singapore's first data centre with Tier III Design Certification from the Uptime Institute, and continuing to grow along with the Lion City in the years ahead," said Giles Proctor, Vice President of Data Centre Construction and Operations at Pacnet.

The new flagship data centre not only provides customers with colocation and connectivity services, it also offers them access to Pacnet's managed services, including Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS) and Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN), said Pacnet in its announcement.

Available in the first quarter of 2014, PEN is an industry-first Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) platform that will allow customers in the SGCS2 to manage networking services virtually and build high performance and cloud-ready networks that are cost-efficient, reliable, flexible and scalable.

The newly opened data centre is carrier neutral and is directly connected to Pacnet's submarine cable networks. With the addition of the facility, Pacnet is currently operating 455,000-square feet of data centre space across 14 cities in the region -- all of which are connected by Pacnet's high speed network.