True IDC invests $280m in Thailand’s eco-friendly data centres

  • True IDC commits over 10 billion baht ($278 million) to expand its data centre and cloud services in Thailand from 2024 to 2027.
  • Expansion plans include enlarging True IDC East Bangna Campus and True IDC North Muangthong to accommodate hyperscale businesses and OTT providers, adhering to Uptime and TIA-942 standards.
  • Meanwhile, True IDC works on sustainability projects to transition to green data centres, integrating LEED standards and renewable energy sources like wind and solar power.

True Internet Data Center Company Limited, known as True IDC, commits over 10 billion baht ($278 million) to expand its data centre and cloud services in Thailand. The investment, spanning 2024 to 2027, focuses on enhancing infrastructure, sustainability, and operational excellence.

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Becoming the largest data centre in Thailand

True IDC East Bangna Campus

True IDC will enlarge its True IDC East Bangna Campus and True IDC North Muangthong facilities to accommodate hyperscale businesses, OTT providers, and tech firms entering Thailand and ASEAN. With over 60,000 square meters of space, the centres will adhere to Uptime and TIA-942 standards, offering flexible setups, increased electricity capacity, and carrier-neutral networks.

The Uptime Institute‘s standards focus on data center design, construction, and operation, aiming to maximize uptime and reliability. These standards categorize data centers into tiers based on their infrastructure’s reliability and fault tolerance.

On the other hand, TIA-942 standards, established by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), provide guidelines for the design and implementation of data centers, specifying requirements for cabling, network architecture, and other infrastructure elements to ensure reliability and performance.

Taking sustainability to the next level

Simultaneously, True IDC embarks on sustainability projects to transition to green data centres. It integrates the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standards, eco-friendly construction materials, and renewable energy sources like wind and solar power. Electric vehicle charging stations powered by solar panels will promote clean energy usage.

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International standard operational excellence

True IDC has outlined a strategic focus on elevating the operational excellence of its data centers. The company is committed to integrating Artificial Intelligence Data Center Infrastructure Management (AI DCIM) software, which will collaborate with IoT devices and smart sensors to effectively capture and process data from diverse equipment. This integration enables real-time monitoring and centralized analysis, thereby bolstering oversight and facilitating the maintenance of an optimal temperature within the data center. As a result, it ensures the smooth operation of high-heat generating equipment.

By aligning the entire data center operation with the Uptime Institute’s Tier III Gold standard, True IDC distinguishes itself as the exclusive provider in Thailand and Indochina to hold this prestigious certification. The certification encompasses proactive maintenance, concurrent maintainability, and comprehensive system checks, all of which will be conducted by highly skilled and experienced experts. This approach guarantees worry-free IT operations for True IDC’s customers.

The data center market in Southeast Asia is expected to grow significantly in 2024, with USDC Technology predicting a growth rate of up to 12.9%, resulting in a market value of $3.5 billion USD (122.5 billion Thai Baht).

Theerapun Charoensak, the General Manager of True IDC
Theerapun Charoensak, the General Manager of True IDC

Mr. Theerapun Charoensak, the General Manager of True IDC anticipates a robust 12.9% growth in Southeast Asia’s data center market, reaching $3.5 billion USD in 2024. With AI adoption set to surge by 19.5% in Asia, True IDC aims to enhance services to meet the diverse business needs, fostering technological advancement and economic growth in the region.

Cassie-Gong

Cassie Gong

Cassie is a news reporter at BTW media focusing on company profiles, interviews, podcasts, networking, sustainability, and AI. She graduated from Newcastle University, UK with a Master’s degree in Translating & Interpreting and now works in London and Hangzhou. Send tips to c.gong@btw.media.

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