Kakao, the prominent South Korean tech giant, has recently completed the construction of its first in-house data centre. This state-of-the-art facility, set to launch in the first quarter of the next year after preparatory work, boasts the capacity to house an impressive 120,000 computer servers and 4,000 server storage racks, with a remarkable data storage capacity of six billion gigabytes.
Kakao integrated and transferred servers from a data centre with 100,000 servers that it leases from an external company to the new facility, which recycles rain and heavy water and waste heat for higher energy efficiency.
The Ansan centre was also designed to withstand floods, tsunamis, typhoons and earthquakes to provide stable service even if disaster strikes. It can resist winds of up to 28 metres per second and earthquakes up to magnitude 6.5.
Systems for a four-stage response to fire and redundancy in power, cooling and communications to prepare for power outages were also installed. And uninterruptible power supply for an emergency comprises a battery room and a partition wall with four zones, enabling operation even if a fire breaks out on one side.
Before launching operations at its new centre in the first quarter of next year, Kakao will install an operating system and perform stabilisation work.