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Fujitsu Opens Third Facility in Singapore

IT services and data center provider Fujitsu Asia ( announced on Tuesday it has opened the Tier III+ Fujitsu East Data Center in Singapore to meet the growing demand for managed IT services throughout Southeast Asian market.

Located at The Fort building in Changi, the $15 million investment marks the company's third data center in Singapore. Fujitsu Asia also has two data centers in Ayer Rajah and Tampines.

The Singapore area has been a hotspot in data center activity in the past few years, with recent builds there by Equinix and KIDDI.

Fully operational since December, phase 1 of the facility occupies some 7,400 square feet of space with options for extending the floor area to 18,000 square feet.

The facility also incorporates a full security system incorporating Fujitsu's PalmSecure palm vein biometric access, closed-circuit television surveillance, on-site electricity generation and uninterruptible power supplies.

As the "most energy-efficient of Fujitsu Asia's four DCs in ASEAN," the facility is build with several energy-efficient features, including power distribution units fitted with branch circuit monitoring, which monitor and control the power usage levels for individual racks of servers, storage systems or other devices; proactive cooling practices that enable Fujitsu Asia to maintain the thermal equilibrium within the facility; and efficient and effective lighting practices that help reduce the facility's electricity consumption.

The FeDC offers a utility-based pricing model for SME customers seeking to host up to five servers on-site, which offers customers greater flexibility to plan or adjust their IT expenditures based on operational needs.

Colocation fees are calculated on a per-rack basis while server administration charges are computed on a per-server basis, server monitoring and network administration charges are based on usage levels.

Fujitsu Asia says it will also create optimal pricing schemes for multinational corporations or other large clients based on their overall requirements and larger deployments.

Finally, the facility offers customizable managed service plans on a per-project basis, providing customers with new capacity for meeting drastic short-term surges in their computing requirements. Once the demand descreases, Fujitsu will take back the excess capacity.

The FeDC will offer a range of services, including colocation, server and database administration, local area network, wide area network and firewall administration, data center design-and-build services and disaster recovery and business continuity services to the company's Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam markets.

"The opening of the FeDC augurs well for our ASEAN customers," says Masaki Kajiyama, president of Singapore operations at Fujitsu Asia. "It provides high-quality data centre services in a cost-efficient and energy-efficient manner, and allows customers to scale their computing needs to maintain their competitiveness amid ever-changing business conditions. This investment is in line with plans by Fujitsu Asia, the ASEAN HQ for Fujitsu Limited, to expand its regional presence while consolidating all administrative, logistics, marketing and sales operations in Singapore. Its opening marks a significant milestone in our corporate history."

Fujitsu Asia's parent company, Tokyo-based Fujitsu Limited, operates 53 data centers in Japan and 32 more in 16 other countries worldwide.

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