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Toshiba to supply modular data centre for Securities exchange system in Myanmar

Posted in IT, Myanmar, Technology, Yangon by Sherpa Hossainy on July 10, 2013

The company’s first modular data centre for overseas commercial project

Published in Myanmar Business Today (Vol 1, Issue 23) on July 11, 2013

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Japanese electronics giant Toshiba Corp last week won an order to supply a modular data centre for a securities exchange system in Myanmar, a statement said.

KDDI Corp, one of Japan’s largest network solution providers, will work as Toshiba’s partner for the project, which will be carried out by Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd, a major Japanese think tank and consultancy.

It will be the first time that Toshiba has supplied its modular data centre in an overseas market, Toshiba said in a statement.

Daiwa Institute of Research, together with Japan Exchange Group, is working with the Central Bank of Myanmar to open a securities exchange in Yangon in 2015.

Toshiba said it is seeking to expand sales in Japan and overseas, and the market for modular data centres is growing. “They offer shorter lead times and lower initial costs than building type data centres, and as they can be stacked it is very easy to add additional capacity on the same site,” Toshiba said.

In Japan, Toshiba has supplied modules to data centre operators, cloud operators and enterprises, and was heralded for energy efficiency.

“Toshiba’s modular data centre offers the robust structure of heavy gauge steel frame, along with side-air-cooling flow, which is better in a hot and humid climate like Myanmar’s than standard vertical flow. This new approach allows centres to integrate redundant systems, allowing continued operation in the event of a problem with one unit,” the company said.

A voltage stabiliser will also be built into the securities exchange modules, as power supply voltages in Myanmar can be irregular, the statement added.

Governments of Southeast Asia, including Singapore, are promoting incentives to attract investments, including data centres. In 2012, Toshiba developed and demonstrated a pilot data centre optimised for tropical climates, in cooperation with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.

The demonstration indicated that the new system had the potential to cut annual power consumption by approximately 30 percent, which is achieved by circulating unrefrigerated outside air in the cooling system, even in tropical zones.

“Building on the momentum of development work Japan and the advances achieved by the Singapore project, Toshiba will promote further sales of its modular data centres in Southeast Asia and seek to expand its global business in energy efficient, low cost modular data centres,” it said.

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