South Korean internet giant Naver opened its second data center in the city of Sejong on Monday, speeding up its big push to secure supremacy in the burgeoning artificial intelligence and cloud markets.
Located on a 294,000-square-meter site, Gak Sejong is one of the five biggest data centers in Asia. The facility can accommodate 600,000 server units and store 65 exabytes of data, which is about 1 million times the total data of the National Library of Korea, in terms of its collection.
About 650 billion won ($497 million) has been invested in the data center so far, and Naver expects a total of several trillion won worth of capital spending will be injected to complete the sixth phase of construction.
The Sejong site has a system in place to maintain service continuity even when disasters such as earthquakes, power outages and fires occur. A special earthquake-resistant design used on nuclear power plant-level buildings was applied to the site, so it can withstand earthquakes of up to magnitude 9.0, which is equivalent to the intensity of the Fukushima earthquake in Japan.
Naver Cloud CEO Kim Yu-won, who is in charge of the company's data center business, stressed that Gak Sejong has secured a competitive edge by adopting homegrown cutting-edge technologies, including HyperClova X, an upgraded version of its hyperscale artificial intelligence model, as well as robotics, autonomous driving and digital twin technology.
Source: The Investor