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Pacnet has opened Cloudspace II - an eight-storey, 155,000 sq ft standalone data center in Paya Lebar - which has been built to a Tier III design criteria.

The facility is the first of its type to be certified Tier III under Design and Documents by the Uptime Institute in the country.

It received certification on 4 December 2013.

Cloudspace II (also known as SGCS2) is one of Pacnet’s flagship data centers and has been built to meet the growing demand for interconnected, advanced data and managed services in the Asia Pacific region.

Solutions company Acclivis has already committed to deploying in SGCS2 to expand its business.

The new data center is carrier neutral and connected to Pacnet’s submarine cable networks.

It boasts fully redundant power and cooling systems, a latest-generation security access system, advanced fire detection and suppression systems.

Pacnet designed the facility in accordance to the BCA Green Mark scheme which encourages Singapore’s construction industry to build more environmentally friendly buildings.

Pacnet VP of data center construction and operations Giles Proctor said the company is excited about launching Singapore’s first data center with Tier III Design Certification.

"With Singapore firmly entrenched as a dynamic financial hub, the Infocomm Development Authority's recent push to develop into a big data hub translates into a rising need for data center services," Proctor said.

Cloudspace II will offer customers access to Pacnet’s managed services, including Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS) and Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN) as well as colocation and connectivity services.

Pacnet said PEN is an industry-first Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) platform that will allow customers to manage networking services virtually and build high performance and cloud-ready networks that are reliable, flexible, scalable and cost-efficient.

Acclivis CEO Marcus Cheng said Cloudspace II will enhance the company’s existing data center infrastructure.

"We are particularly looking forward to leveraging Pacnet's robust subsea cables to give our customers greater flexibility and control to enterprise data and cloud applications as we expand in the region," Cheng said.

SGCS2 is designed to comply with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) technology risk management guidelines which address a range of potential security threats.

The facility has undergone a threat vulnerability risk assessment (TVRA) to ensure it meets the security requirements of the financial services industry.