Global Expansion: More Singapore!

September 9, 2011

Last week, I shared an early glimpse of our Singapore data center pods and office space. What a difference a week makes. A week after the first batch of pictures were taken, I made my way back through the facility to document some of the progress, and you'll be amazed by how quickly everything is coming together.

You'd probably be even more amazed if you knew how many people (literally) around the world were working hard every day to keep the build-out moving forward so quickly ... Some of the most visible folks in the process are the guys we have on the ground in Singapore:

SoftLayer Singapore

We weren't able to use SoftLayer's fancy new truck to get our gear to the Singapore facility. I think it had something about having to travel over the Pacific Ocean ... I guess there weren't enough gas stations? We had all of our DC gear shipped down (literally) in ocean containers, and when the skids were all moved into the storage area, it was almost like Christmas.

SoftLayer Singapore

I say "almost like Christmas" because we happened to know everything we'd be unwrapping, and if we were surprised by anything we opened, it probably wouldn't be a good surprise. Luckily, we got exactly what we needed. Meanwhile, the Singapore data center pods have been coming along nicely. Here's a look inside Pod 1.

SoftLayer Singapore

And while we do our best to mirror the build-out of our data center pods regardless of their location, you can see that a few exceptions are made. In the pods we're building in the United States, we have at least two fewer languages on signs like the ones you see here:

SoftLayer Singapore

If we walk next door to Pod 1, you'll see the progress we're making in Pod 2. I know the pictures look similar ... But that's the point. Given the demand we've heard from customers, we're building both pods at the same time, hoping to keep up with demand while we start building our next facilities.

SoftLayer Singapore

While the pod progress is impressive, the progress on the office space is almost unbelievable. Where you previously saw ladders and cement, you now see desks, chairs and carpet. We've been hiring in Singapore for a few weeks now, and when we officially get the keys to move in, this place will be abuzz with new SLayers.

SoftLayer Singapore

We've posted a few more pictures in our Singapore DC Construction Flickr photo album, enjoy them! Soon after these pictures were taken, the team started assembling the racks in the DC, so the next update you'll see from me will probably include a lot more server goodness.

If you happen to live in Singapore and want to join our team, be sure to visit SoftLayer Careers for our current opportunities. As of right now, we have positions available in inventory, channel development, inside sales, enterprise account management, network engineering, sales engineering, systems administration and server building ... And if you don't fit in any of those positions, we can probably find another role for you to fill!

-@toddmitchell

Comments

September 12th, 2011 at 8:21am

Just goes to show, there are Steeler fans EVERYWHERE

September 12th, 2011 at 6:04pm

Guys, I got a question! I see that you will be launching your services in NL (Nov.) and SG (Oct.), and expanding the number of POPs to 16.

Are you planning to power Cloudlayer CDN with your own POPs replacing those of Internap? Anytime soon? (2012 maybe?)

September 13th, 2011 at 8:25am

wow great news! now more singaporeans can have the opportunity of working for great companies like SoftLayer.

September 13th, 2011 at 12:00pm

@Patrick - The question is whether he's still wearing the jersey after that opening loss to Baltimore!

@Bad Learner - There aren't any immediate plans to shift resources to an in-house CDN, but it's not out of the question. It would certainly be nice to have it all under the same roof.

@Singapore Jobs - We have a lot of great positions available in Singapore, so we're looking forward to building the team there!

September 14th, 2011 at 12:39am

hi, i just been interviewed by the guy (wearing checked shirt in the pic) in singapore @ 1115 hrs sg time for the position of Server Build Technician in Singapore office. He is a very nice guy & we have a nice & friendly conversation about the job.

September 14th, 2011 at 12:41am

i am waiting for the good news from jessica reynolds.

September 16th, 2011 at 4:05am

i hope softlayer give best price for singapore server :d
i wait it will finish ASAP

regards

October 13th, 2011 at 11:19am

Nice improvement.
Singapore datacenter is good choice for Asian market.

July 23rd, 2012 at 9:23am

Hi Guys,

I was curious about a thing. How do you measure the empty space in a pod? By U position ? Or there is no empty space? They come fully equipped.

And also what can you get in a pod and what is it exactly ?

Thank you,
Alex

July 23rd, 2012 at 5:39pm

Thanks for the questions, Alex. The best place to go to start learning about the "Data Center Pod" concept is on the SoftLayer Data Centers page of our website. We build the 5,000-server pods to use all of the available space efficiently. The dimensions of each data center room (or phase) are established to make sure we don't over- or under-build the environment that will house 5,000 servers.

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Comments

September 12th, 2011 at 8:21am

Just goes to show, there are Steeler fans EVERYWHERE

September 12th, 2011 at 6:04pm

Guys, I got a question! I see that you will be launching your services in NL (Nov.) and SG (Oct.), and expanding the number of POPs to 16.

Are you planning to power Cloudlayer CDN with your own POPs replacing those of Internap? Anytime soon? (2012 maybe?)

September 13th, 2011 at 8:25am

wow great news! now more singaporeans can have the opportunity of working for great companies like SoftLayer.

September 13th, 2011 at 12:00pm

@Patrick - The question is whether he's still wearing the jersey after that opening loss to Baltimore!

@Bad Learner - There aren't any immediate plans to shift resources to an in-house CDN, but it's not out of the question. It would certainly be nice to have it all under the same roof.

@Singapore Jobs - We have a lot of great positions available in Singapore, so we're looking forward to building the team there!

September 14th, 2011 at 12:39am

hi, i just been interviewed by the guy (wearing checked shirt in the pic) in singapore @ 1115 hrs sg time for the position of Server Build Technician in Singapore office. He is a very nice guy & we have a nice & friendly conversation about the job.

September 14th, 2011 at 12:41am

i am waiting for the good news from jessica reynolds.

September 16th, 2011 at 4:05am

i hope softlayer give best price for singapore server :d
i wait it will finish ASAP

regards

October 13th, 2011 at 11:19am

Nice improvement.
Singapore datacenter is good choice for Asian market.

July 23rd, 2012 at 9:23am

Hi Guys,

I was curious about a thing. How do you measure the empty space in a pod? By U position ? Or there is no empty space? They come fully equipped.

And also what can you get in a pod and what is it exactly ?

Thank you,
Alex

July 23rd, 2012 at 5:39pm

Thanks for the questions, Alex. The best place to go to start learning about the "Data Center Pod" concept is on the SoftLayer Data Centers page of our website. We build the 5,000-server pods to use all of the available space efficiently. The dimensions of each data center room (or phase) are established to make sure we don't over- or under-build the environment that will house 5,000 servers.

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