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1-Net North Data Center officially opens

The centre offers high-speed networks between Singapore and the region, in response to growing demand from companies looking for secure data storage solutions.

SINGAPORE: A new data centre offering high-speed networks between Singapore and the region opened on Monday (May 30), in response to growing demand from companies looking for secure data storage solutions.

The 200,000 square foot 1-Net North Data Center, which has been running since April, has bomb blast-proof walls and eight tiers of security barriers for added protection.

Costing S$200 million to build, it is designed to handle concurrent repair and maintenance without disrupting essential business operations.

1-Net is a Mediacorp enterprise that manages carrier-neutral Internet data centres, with services including network connectivity, cloud and media delivery.

It is part of the "Data Center Corridor" initiative, which connects 16 key data centres in Singapore.

About 26 data centres are expected to be interconnected in Singapore and within the region by the end of the year.

"There are the usual cost-benefit considerations in an environment of rising complexities within the IT infrastructure to satisfy the multimedia needs of end users. But beyond that, global connectedness, as enterprises expand their footprints internationally, and security in an increasingly hostile world are critical elements that a data centre will have to provide," said Mediacorp Chairman Teo Ming Kian.

"Mediacorp should know, as it operates at the leading edge of great technological advances and disruptions of such an increasingly connected multimedia world. With the Internet of Things, Big Data, mobile and cloud computing just getting started, and with every nation getting Smart, these demands will only grow.
"1‐Net seeks to be ready to help its customers, existing and new, meet these demands, supported by Singapore's robust network infrastructure, ease of connectivity to major Asia Pacific markets and a pro‐business environment," he added.