PT DCI Indonesia (DCI) will build a third data center facility as part of its vision to establish the largest hyperscale data center campus in Southeast Asia.

Located in Cibitung at West Java, Indonesia, JK3 is a seven-story facility with four data hall floors with the remaining floors for M&E equipment. Constructed in collaboration with Equinix, JK3 has a total IT load of 12MW and will begin operations in early 2020.

Artist's impression of DCI Indonesia's JK3 data center – DCI Indonesia

The largest hyperscale campus

At present, DCI operates two data center buildings, JK1 with a capacity of 3MW and JK2 with a capacity of 7MW, both of which are also located in Cibitung. Depending on demand from customers, DCI hopes to grow this into a sprawling campus with more than half a dozen data centers.

“We have acquired land with a total of 85,000 sq m which will be [used to build a campus of data centers] totaling more than 150MW. Our long-term vision is to become the largest [data center campus] in Southeast Asia,” Oscar Stephanus, the sales and marketing Manager of DCI Indonesia, told DCD.

DCI cited the rapid growth of startup companies in Indonesia – the country has five unicorn companies, or businesses with a valuation of more than US$1 billion, its population, and a growing digital economy, as the reasons why it expects a surge in demand for hyperscale data centers.

“As an Indonesian company, DCI is ready to become the pioneer of largest hyperscale data center facility in Indonesia. With the construction of JK3, we want to reinforce our commitment and seriousness in supporting the development of Indonesia's digital economy towards the coming of the Industrial Revolution 4.0,” DCI CEO Toto Sugiri said.

Certainly, the number of hyperscale data centers in Southeast Asia is growing fast. Singapore-based SpaceDC, formerly known as Polymer Connected, in September shared plans for a data center campus in Jakarta Barat, Indonesia, consisting of a 2.6MW facility and an adjoining 24MW data center.

In Singapore, at least half a dozen hyperscale facilities of between 30MW and 60MW are scheduled for completion within the next couple of years. However, concerns over the carbon footprint of data centers are understood to have led to a moratorium on new data centers that could last until 2021.