OVHcloud launches its most sustainable data centre in Singapore
Wed 8 Nov 2023
OVHcloud has announced the launch of its second data centre in Singapore, establishing its most sustainable facility in Asia Pacific.
This development is a key component of OVHcloud’s strategic expansion, which aims to launch 15 new sites globally by 2024. Following the inauguration of its Mumbai data centre in March, OVHcloud’s growth will continue with a forthcoming facility in Sydney.
The Singapore data centre fully implements OVHcloud’s water cooling technology. This initiative aligns with Singapore’s stringent criteria for new data centres to support a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.3 or better, in efforts to reduce carbon emissions as it scales emphasis on its digital economy.
However, it is unclear as to whether this facility by OVHcloud is a brand-new facility or situated within an existing facility. Considering Singapore’s partially-lifted moratorium, it is more likely to be an existing facility.
Michel Paulin, Chief Executive Officer of OVHcloud, said: “As the Asia Pacific’s foremost digital capital, Singapore remains a critical market for OVHcloud. There is a clear need for data centres, particularly sustainable ones, that can both lower the overall carbon footprint of digitalisation and support the compute needs of emerging technologies, like generative AI, for Singapore to retain its position as a leading digital innovation hub.”
OVHcloud’s new data centre will utilise an advanced water cooling system within a specially designed vertical rack. This system facilitates direct cooling at the server level, eliminating the need for air conditioning in server rooms, and significantly reducing both water consumption and environmental impact. The technology can reportedly cool an OVHcloud server for 10 hours with just a single glass of water, in stark contrast to the industry norm which would seven times more water.
OVHcloud also boasts a PUE as low as 1.29, a Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE) of 0.30l/kWh, and Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE) of 0.18.
Terry Maiolo, Vice President and General Manager for APAC at OVHcloud, said: “Our latest data centres, coupled with enhanced compute and storage capabilities, will elevate our ability to provide customers in Singapore and the region with high-performance, sustainable cloud solutions that have optimised and predictable performance-price ratios to support their digital ambitions. For a truly data-secure ecosystem, this must also mean organisations in this region and beyond have the confidence to harness the cloud while maintaining control over their data, all within the framework of Asia’s dynamic and evolving regulatory landscape.”
The new data centre represents new strides to operate sustainably within diverse climatic conditions, further supporting the digital growth and ecological objectives of the Asia Pacific region.
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