New data centres popping up in Vietnam’s major cities

November 11, 2022 | 10:17
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The unveiling of new data centre plans in Vietnam is increasing rapidly, with the entry of a series of international and domestic corporations claiming to be building the biggest and best in-demand facilities.

In August, the $65 million CMC Data Centre Tan Thuan in Ho Chi Minh City was opened at Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone. It is both a data centre and the most modern and secure cloud computing infrastructure in Vietnam, meeting international standards and business needs.

New data centres popping up in Vietnam’s major cities
Data centre market value is set to grow at nearly 15 per cent annually until 2026, Photo: Shutterstock

Luu Danh Anh Vu, director of the Solution Consulting Centre of CMC Telecom, said that the new data centre owns Uptime Tier III certificates for both design and construction.

“As a modern data centre, CMC Data Centre Tan Thuan has the ability to connect and provide the best service for businesses with a system of 1,200 high-capacity network cabinets of up to 20kw/rack over an area of 10,000 square metres,” Vu noted.

Amazon in March announced that it would choose Hanoi as one of 10 locations to build 10 data centres in six Asia-Pacific countries. This local mega data centre will better serve local customers and can help Amazon strengthen its position in the region. The timeline for such a venture has not yet been revealed by the company.

NTT Telecommunications Group from Japan also has a similar plan. In April, the group announced an investment of $56 million to build a standard data centre in Saigon Hi-Tech Park. This will be the largest standard data centre in Vietnam when completed in 2024, NTT said.

Yasuo Suzuki, CEO of NTT, said that the facility will provide high-quality data centre services for domestic and foreign enterprises and organisations such as server leasing, support and remote management, and cloud computing.

Meanwhile, Gaw Capital Partners from Hong Kong has completed the first phase investment in a Level 3 Data Centre development project located in the same park in Ho Chi Minh City. This is the first investment of Gaw’s Pan-Asia development platform.

Vo Sy Nhan, co-founder and CEO of joint venture Gaw NP Capital, said that Vietnam exhibits powerful macroeconomic trends and strong demand for internet data centres.

“Vietnamese businesses are now more aware of the role of digital technology in their production and business activities, which will drive the growth of digital transformation and data usage. As the master developer, we are confident about the data centre sector in Vietnam and look forward to seeing the completion of this project, which is located in our integrated business park, by 2024,” Nhan said.

Viettel also claims to be building the largest data centre in the country, when in April it announced VND6 trillion ($260 million) of funding for a facility in Ho Chi Minh City. Viettel said it would be its sixth data centre in Vietnam, with two already built in Hanoi, one in Danang, and two others in Ho Chi Minh City. All six were put into operation in 2014.

A February report on the data centre real estate market from Savills Vietnam said that the domestic data centre market value was reported to be at $858 million in 2020 and forecast an average growth rate of more than 14 per cent per year until 2026, showing the potential of this field.

Currently, there are many technologies and telecommunications investors from the Americas, India, and Japan who have a need to rent land or buildings to build and develop data centres of international standards at levels 3 and 4, with an area of 10,000-30,000sq.m, around major cities, said Savills.

Associate Dr. Tran Minh Tuan, deputy director of the Institute of Information and Communications Strategy under the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) said that Vietnam currently has 27 data centres located in the nation’s biggest cites, helping to capture the needs and standards of all different types of businesses.

“Digital hub regional data centres are recommended to be located in the major financial centres of the region and Vietnam should build a variety of cloud computing services with the new trend of multi-cloud services to serve the business community,” Tuan added.

According to the MIC, with a vision for the 2025-2030 period, Vietnam will develop two national data centres serving large-scale digital government, one national data centre, and three regional data clusters to serve the development of the digital economy and digital society, as well as two local data centres for regional and international financial hubs.

This system is to ensure that all government agencies use cloud computing, and 70 per cent of Vietnamese businesses use cloud computing services provided by suppliers in Vietnam.

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By Bich Ngoc

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