Pacnet opened its Tier III data centre in Chongqing, China, on Wednesday (27 March).
Pacnet is Asia Pacific's leading provider of integrated network and technology solutions for enterprise, service provider, and carrier customers.
With the new data centre, the technology solutions provider has grown its network coverage in China and added to its advanced data centre footprint in the Asia Pacific region, the company said in a statement.
The data centre provides direct access to Points of Presence (PoPs) in China as well as Pacnet's wholly-owned subsea cable network. It will serve the company's growing body of enterprise and carrier customers doing business in China, the company said.
Located in Chongqing's Shuitu Hi-tech Industrial Park in Liangjiang New Area, the standalone facility delivers 14,000 sq m of carrier-neutral data centre space. It will be capable of supporting up to 2,000 high power density racks with available rack power up to 12 kVA, and has a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) ratio of 1.6 achieved through the use of energy-efficient power and cooling systems and modular interior design, adhering to stringent international environmental and power efficiency standards.
The facility will have fully redundant power and cooling systems, advanced fire detection and suppression systems, as well as state-of-the-art security access systems.
Pacnet currently operates data centres across 16 cities in Asia Pacific that are interconnected by Pacnet's high speed network.
"The opening of this data centre is another significant milestone in Pacnet's ability to provide network carriers and enterprises with the high-capacity data, network management and e-commerce needs to serve the online community in China," said Jim Fagan, president of Managed Services, Pacnet. "A booming economy and an increasingly Internet-savvy population are driving the growth of data centre services in the country. We are privileged to be the only foreign equity joint venture to provide this level of service in Chongqing and thank the Chongqing municipal government for its support."
Speaking at the official opening ceremony, Huang Qifan, Mayor of Chongqing, said, "The Pacnet Chongqing Data Centre will play a significant role in advancing Chongqing to be at the forefront of the cloud computing industry in China, and in accelerating the economic development of Chongqing as well as the Liangjiang New Area."
Pacnet has recently announced several expansion plans for China including the launch of new content delivery network (CDN) PoPs and plans for a data centre in Tianjin capable of holding 2,000 racks. Also, Pacnet Business Solutions (China) is the first Sino-foreign telecommunications joint venture to receive licences to provide IP VPN service across 23 provinces and Internet data centres in China.
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