Citrix’s new data center in Singapore its 2nd-largest internal facility
By Digital News Asia March 4, 2013
- Key milestone in its on-going plans to expand presence in Singapore and Asia Pacific
- Citrix to consolidate its data centers in Australia and Bangalore into this new facility
CITRIX has officially opened a new US$8.7-million corporate data center in Singapore, making it its second largest internal facility in the world for the virtualization and network company.
Operational since last November, the new data center houses the production infrastructure for all Citrix’s internal IT operations in Asia Pacific, and has a dedicated desktop capacity of 1,400 virtualized desktops, the company said in a statement.
The move to consolidate the Citrix data centers in Australia and Bangalore into this new facility is a key milestone in its on-going plans to expand its presence in Singapore and Asia Pacific as a whole, it added.
Asia Pacific continues to play a key role in Citrix’s business, contributing significantly to the company’s growth globally. According to the company’s 2012 financial results, Asia Pacific registered a 52% revenue increase compared with America at 14% and EMEA (Europe/ Middle East/ Africa) at 19%, based on a quarter-on-quarter comparison.
Key wins in Asia Pacific, such as Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Singapore and the Korean Intellectual Property Office, further underline the continued growth potential of the region, Citrix said.
“We are very excited at the tremendous opportunity and growth potential of enterprise IT in Asia Pacific. The opening of a new data center in Singapore puts Citrix in a prime position to tap into this growth,” said Stuart Driver (pic), senior director, Worldwide IT Operations, Citrix.
“Because of its strategic location in the middle of the company’s growth markets, the new data center in Singapore allows Citrix to provide our employees in Asia Pacific with the business productivity, efficiency and continuity they require to work and play better.
“Singapore’s world-class business climate, a stable socio-political environment and a ready pool of educated and skilled talent made our decision an easy one,” he added.
Planning for this migration began in January 2012, and the migration of all internal users was conducted from Nov 9-11 in approximately 36 hours.
With desktop virtualization solution Citrix XenDesktop and server virtualization platform Citrix XenServer at the heart of the move, the deployment of applications, data and desktops was effectively optimized and efficiently managed, resulting in a quick and seamless migration, the company claimed.
Additionally, the centralized delivery, management and control of the applications, data and desktops help streamline security and compliance, it added.
Citrix employees across Asia Pacific logged out of their office profiles at the end of Friday, Nov 9 2012, and were able to get back online at the start of the new work week on Nov 12.
The new data center is the start of a three-year plan to consolidate and improve Citrix internal IT operations globally, with future data centers expected to mirror the current infrastructure in Singapore.
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