TCC Technology, an arm of the TCC Group owned by billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, plans to spend 2 billion baht to build what it says will be Thailand's biggest data centre.
Charoen: Largest data centre in country
The move is aimed at promoting the country as a regional hub for data storage, said Kosit Suksingha, managing director of TCC Technology.
Construction of the data centre facility is slated to finish next year, with 10,000 square metres of space used.
"The facility will be the country's largest ever," said Mr Kosit.
"It will not only provide data centre services but also offer rental office space and land for customers who want to build their own data centres there."
The location of the facility is yet to be finalised, but Pattaya is a potential site.
Mr Kosit said TCC expects the project to reach full utilisation within two years, helped by surging demand for business continuity to deal with natural disasters and the arrival of the Asean Economic Community in 2015.
Target customers are the financial sector, manufacturing, IT and telecommunications.
TCC has chosen IBM Thailand as a technology partner to work on the location, size and design of the data centre.
Suwat Punnachaiya, assistant managing director of TCC Technology, said data centre demand rose after last year's floods. The market has seen at least 25% growth in the past two years.
Yos Kimsawatde, the country manager of IBM Global Technology Services, said data centre outsourcing is gaining popularity as companies seek to avoid building their own facilities.
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