Keppel Data Centres, Huawei, Xiangjiang and Cloud Engine said on Thursday they entered an agreement to cooperate on developing more efficient and robust data centers.
“The companies will tap one another’s expertise to develop, operate and maintain high-availability data centers in China and around the world by leveraging their respective core strengths,” the companies said in a filing to SGX after the market close on Thursday.
“As leading solutions providers for different parts of the data center value chain from power and cooling equipment to server hardware, operational know-how and enterprise cloud solutions, the companies intend to jointly promote each other’s services when pursuing data center projects,” the filing added.
Global data center demand is forecast to continue to grow, underpinned by data storage demand which is estimated to increase by fivefold between 2016 and 2021 amid widespread adoption of cloud-based services and the Internet of Things, the filing said, citing a Cisco white paper.
It also pointed to data showing 4 billion internet users globally, with China comprising nearly 20 percent of them at 772 million.
“Together with our partners Keppel Data Centres, Cloud Engine, and Xiangjiang Technology, Huawei hopes to continue to help Keppel Data Centres to enhance the global data center landscape, reduce operating expenditure, improve operational efficiency, and promote the common development of all parties through continuously innovative data center solutions and global service networks,” Zhou Danjin, president of the Southern Pacific region of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, said in the statement.
Keppel Data Centres, a joint venture between Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation and Keppel Land, is a developer, manager and operator of high-availability data centers in Asia and Europe, it said.
Huawei is a global provider of information and communications technology services, while Xiangjiang Science & Technology specializes in developing and manufacturing data center equipment for multinational companies, with its customers including China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom, it said.
Cloud Engine (Beijing) Network Technology is a data center operator and cloud services systems integrator serving major telecommunications companies in China, it said.
Dong Yutao, CEO of Cloud Engine, said in the statement, “as a comprehensive new generation data center service provider, Cloud Engine will bring its expertise in data center investment, planning and design, EPC general contracting and operation into full play.”