Construction has begun on a $300 million (11 billion THB) SUPERNAP Thailand colocation data center, located in Hemmaraj Industrial Estate in Thailand’s eastern province Chonburi. The new Tier IV data center, a very large colocation facility that is expected to open in the first quarter of 2017, will have capacity for more than 6,000 server racks.
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.
This data center in Thailand will be supported by two separate and newly-installed power sub-stations in order to provide additional redundancy and resilience to the facility. The new data center build is expected to be finished in early 2017.
“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,” said Khaled Bichara, CEO of SUPERNAP International. “This cutting-edge data center will meet the global demand for innovation in Asia Pacific. 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.
“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.”