Growing our data center in Singapore
In the year and a half since our first data center in Southeast Asia came online in Singapore, more than 400,000 Singaporeans got online for the first time, the smartphone penetration rate grew from 72% to 85%, and the majority of Singaporeans signing up for new home Internet access got connected with speeds exceeding 100Mbps.
And that’s just Singapore. So, it’s time to get building, again.
On a plot of land about the same size as and just next to our current site, we’re working on a second, larger, multilevel data center. We hope to start bringing it online in mid-2017, and it will look something like this (or not, this is just a non-final artist’s rendering, we’re still tinkering):
This new facility will be built on the same principles as the “old” one. It will be one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly sites in Asia, using 100% recycled water for its critical operations (i.e. just about everything other than drinking water). It will provide jobs for a small team of full time staff, as well as a number of contractors (we’re hiring now!). And we’ll continue to work with the community through community programs and our bi-annual grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 – if you run an NGO, or have a great idea for a local partnership with us, please let us know.
We couldn’t be happier to be literally building on Southeast Asia’s extraordinary growth (again).