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Supernap Thailand to Build The First Tier IV Gold Data Center In Asia

SUPERNAP Thailand will be the first Uptime Institute rated Tier IV Gold data center in Asia, as well as the largest data center in the Kingdom.

The facility, which is expected to open in the first quarter of 2017, will have capacity for more than 6,000 data server racks.

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Construction has begun on the new $300 million USD (11 billion THB) SUPERNAP Thailand, located in Hemmaraj Industrial Estate in Thailand’s eastern province Chonburi.

SUPERNAP Thailand will be the first Uptime Institute rated Tier IV Gold data center in Asia, as well as the largest data center in the Kingdom.

The facility, which is expected to open in the first quarter of 2017, will have capacity for more than 6,000 data server racks.

SUPERNAP Thailand Will Be The Most Advanced Data Center In Asia Pacific And The Largest In The Kingdom

“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. This cutting-edge data center will meet the global demand for innovation in Asia Pacific,” said CEO of SUPERNAP International Khaled Bichara.

“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.

SUPERNAP Thailand aims to generate significant benefits for Thailand’s economy. This unique data center design will not only bring innovative technology to the Kingdom, but will also attract international investors. The facility will play an important role to support the country’s business development by showcasing Thailand as a regional hub for data centers,” said Siam Commercial Bank Senior Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer and SUPERNAP Thailand Chairman Deepak Sarup.

“Siam Commercial Bank is proud to be part of Thailand’s first state-of-the-art and purpose-built data center development project. With the SUPERNAPThailand data center we are confident of the use of scalable, efficient and secure IT infrastructure facilities that will have 100% availability.”

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.

“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.”

The data center will be supported by two separate and newly-installed power sub-stations in order to provide additional redundancy and resilience to the facility.

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