Recently, the data center of Naver, South Korea’s largest portal site, was determined to be located in Sejong, South Korea. Construction is expected to begin in June 2020. After completion, it will be the world’s largest data center.
Naver’s second data center, which had been repeatedly selected because of residents’ opposition, is now settled in Sejong, South Korea. According to Korean media reports, on the 26th of this month, the South Korean Administrative Center’s Comprehensive City Construction Department, LH Sejong Special Headquarters, and Naver formally signed a data center construction MOA (Memorandum of Agreement).
Naver is the second data center in Sejong City after the Chuncheon Data Center. It is located in the 4-2 living area and covers an area of 293,697 square meters. It can operate at least 100,000 ultra-large servers.
Korean media reports pointed out that Naver’s second data center is more than five times larger than the cabinet, which is the largest in the world for a single enterprise, and the result is three times the initial requirement of Naver (100,000 square meters). It is expected that the investment in the data center will exceed the initial estimate of 540 billion won, setting a record for the largest private investment in South Korea.
The project is in the process of tendering for environmentally friendly building design. The company will be selected in January 2020, and construction will begin in June of the same year. It will be completed in the second half of 2022. In the future, it will be invested in advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data, driverless, 5G industry.
The outside world expects that the data center can bring huge economic benefits, including creating job opportunities, attracting IT companies to invest, and increasing local taxes. For the cabinet currently operating in Sejong City, it currently employs 107 employees and pays local taxes in excess of 8.1 billion won.