Vietnam's largest data center opens in Hanoi's hi-tech park

10/27/2023 7:32:00 AM

 The Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) on October 25 opened its largest data centre - VNPT IDC Hoa Lac - at the Hanoi-based Hoa Lac High-Tech Park.


Covering a total area of 23,000m2 to accommodate 2,000 racks, VNPT IDC Hoa Lac earns the Uptime Tier III Certification of Design Documents (TCDD), Constructed Facility (TCCF), and in the future the Certification of Operational Sustainability (TCOS). Using equipment from famous manufacturers like Cumin, Hitachi, or Siemens, VNPT IDC Hoa Lac can offer mega-speed of 2Gbps/rack for domestic connections and 0.5Gbps/rack for international ones.

"VNPT now operates eight data centres in several locations including Hanoi, Da Nang, and HCM City, each one adhering to stringent domestic and international standards. Our date centre in Hoa Lac is the largest and most advanced in the country and is poised to offer the nation premier data services, tailor-made to meet the diverse requirements of both domestic and international clients," said Mr. Huynh Quang Liem, CEO of VNPT.

VNPT IDC Hoa Lac has an N+1 backup system to ensure stable operation even when there are maintenance events. The 6-layer security monitoring system Data Hall reaches international standards to ensure the highest level of data safety for clients.

The human resources working in this center are professionally trained and have a lot of experience in the field in order to provide customer support 24/7. They are always available to help clients to upgrade the chosen packages when needed.

Equipped with cutting-edge technology from renowned G7 manufacturers such as Cummins, Hitachi, and Siemens, the new centre boasts ultra-fast network connections, averaging 2Gbps per rack for domestic and 0.5Gbps for international connectivity. The security system comprises six layers of protection to ensure the best data security for clients.

At the opening ceremony, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung said that the ministry paid special attention to the growth of the digital infrastructure in Vietnam. Data infrastructure is the most important among them, and telecoms carriers should invest in this matter for more development space.

He said that Vietnam has a faster data growth rate than the global one. The country currently has 39 data centers, but each year it needs to open 5 such centers as VNPT IDC Hoa Lac to satisfy the growing demands of the community.

"Digital infrastructure must be super-capacious, ultra-wideband, universally accessible, sustainable, smart, open, and secure. It's essential to prioritise investment in modernisation to stay ahead in the digital transformation race. Data infrastructure is the cornerstone of digital infrastructure. Telecommunications firms who once led in telecoms infrastructure must now take the lead in data infrastructure. Investment in data centres represents a new growth avenue for these operators, without which, they risk being replaced," he said.

Mr. Hung encouraged local businesses to favor Vietnamese cloud computing and data services, especially when the national ones have met even the strictest criteria in the world and offered competitive prices.

The minister proposed that instead of trying to run their own rather ineffective data centers or IT systems, ministries, state agencies, and local authorities should choose professional data service units for cost efficiency and safety. This is also a chance for domestic data service providers to develop and become even more professional, he said.

This strategic move by VNPT demonstrates a clear vision towards enhancing national telecommunications capabilities, and signifies a shift in focus from traditional telecom services to more advanced data and digital services.