SoftLayer Opens Singapore Data Center

A look at some of the densely-populated racks within the new SoftLayer data center in Singapore.

SoftLayer Technologies has opened a new data center in Singapore, deploying its new space quickly after leasing 48,000 square feet of turn-key space from Digital Realty Trust. SoftLayer will use the facility to boost its capabilities for delivering hosting and cloud services throughout the Asia Pacific region.

“Proximity to our customers is crucial to driving innovation and improving a better end-user experience,” said George Karidis, Chief Strategy Officer for SoftLayer. “We turned to Digital Realty to assist us in our international expansion efforts because their facilities gave us a way to rapidly deploy and get our data center operations live quickly. They also understood the importance of having this data center operate to the highest standards, ensuring our customers get the same experience from every SoftLayer data center globally.”

SoftLayer provided a look inside the new facility in a recent blog post. The Singapore data center has its own floor within Digital Realty’s 29A International Business Park property, a 370,500 square foot (34,421 square meter) data center facility located in Singapore’s Jurong East area. The seven-story data centre development project delivers up to 30 megawatts of 2N UPS capacity and a design that enables it to support both dedicated and shared customer environments.

“We’ve worked closely with SoftLayer to help them scale and meet their growing demands for data centre space throughout the world,” said Kris Kumar, Regional Head for Asia Pacific, Digital Realty. “This project fulfills an important milestone in SotfLayer’s quest to keep up with international customer demand. Our lease agreement represents a huge boost of confidence in our capabilities to deliver not only in Singapore but in the overall Asia Pacific region.”

SoftLayer has added infrastructure to Europe and Asia, with plans for network points of presence on both continents along with new data centers in Singapore and Amsterdam. The new PoPs will be located in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

SoftLayer had $83 million in revenue in the second quarter of 2011, up from $78 million in the first quarter. This week the company has posted A Manifesto: Cloud, Dedicated and Hosting Computing, in which Karidis outlines the company’s vision for the future.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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