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Savvis to build new data centres in Singapore

Zafar Anjum | Sept. 16, 2011
Will invest about US$200 million over the next 2-3 years in building new data centres in Singapore, according to Bill Fathers, president of Savvis.

Responding to the growing demand for IT infrastructure outsourcing, Savvis is gearing up to build two to three new data centres in Singapore by the end of next year, said Bill Fathers, president of Savvis in a media briefing on Friday (16 Sep).

Savvis, which was acquired in July this year by US telecom giant CenturyLink, provides cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises globally. 

In April this year, Savvis had launched its Symphony Virtual Private Data Centre (VPDC) in Singapore.

Fathers said there is a huge demand for data centre services in Singapore and the demand is especially coming from the multinationals. For example, he said, Australian firm Spotless has signed a four-year contract to host SAP on Savvis' cloud platform in Singapore. The project will consolidate its 135 enterprise systems over 2,500 sites and is designed to re-engineer the way Spotless operates.

According to Fathers, these will be tier-4 data centres, and will be built from scratch, costing around US$200 million. "The investment will be spread over two to three years," said Fathers.

"Savvis has a strong commitment to the Asia region," said Fathers. "In response to market demand, Savvis is reviewing new opportunities to address client demands across Asia."

According to Fathers, Savvis sees data centre expansion opportunities in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.

In February this year, Savvis announced its partnership with Indian telco Bharti Airtel to launch its managed hosting and cloud services in India. Fathers said Savvis is learning many new ways to cut costs in India and would likely pass on the learning to its other clients in Asia.


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