Nearly 800 million people in China have internet access, a number that is expected to increase to more than one billion within the duration of the next Five Year Plan. China, a nation of 1.4 billion people, is an enormous market, representing more than 20 percent of the world’s online community. Moreover, a Forward Intelligence Group report recently predicted that in two years China will represent approximately 25 percent of world cloud revenues.
Just recently, the Hong Kong-based data center infrastructure company, Chayora Limited, appointed Harry Shen as its new Technical Manager. The appointment of Mr. Shen comes as Chayora continues development on its new Beichen, Tianjin hyperscale data center campus. Projected to commence live operations by the end of 2018, the 300MW, 32-hectare / 80-acre campus will serve the greater Beijing region that is home to more than 150 million people in the JingJinJi mega-metropolitan area of northern China. Mr. Shen has more than a decade of experience in data center and critical facilities design and engineering, including multiple projects serving global data center and multinational enterprise clients throughout China.
“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Harry Shen to Technical Manager,” stated Oliver Jones, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Chayora. “Mr. Shen’s profound technical expertise in the Chinese data center sector will be an immediate asset not only to Chayora’s mission to deliver world-class data center campuses that meet international design and operational standards, but for all multinational clients seeking flexible capacity growth options as they endeavor to establish or expand their businesses in China.”
As Technical Manager, Mr. Shen will work with Mike West, Chayora’s Head of Engineering. He ensure that international standards align with best practices in China and that the technical designs of its data centers always meet or exceed customer requirements, Mr. Shen will also assure the quality of technical solutions while providing oversight of technical procurement in China. Additionally, he will select and manage project consultants, and coordinate and collaborate with key project stakeholders.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Shen was an Associate at DSCO Group, a leading building services engineering consultancy in the Asia-Pacific, where he led operations of the company’s Shanghai office and was responsible for business development. While Project Manager at DSCO Group, he provided leadership of mechanical and electrical engineering teams for data center projects across China, including the Citibank data center in Guangzhou, and the Centrin Kunshan data center campus and Equinix SH5 and SH6 data centers in Shanghai.
Mr. Shen, who began his career as an electrical engineer at China Unicom, is an Uptime Institute accredited Tier Designer and holds Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute as well LEED AP Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C) credentials from the U.S. Green Building Council. He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree, specialising in electrical and automation engineering at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
“It is with great pleasure that I join the Chayora team at such a pivotal time in the company’s journey as it nears completion of its Tianjin hyperscale data center campus and begins construction of its second hyperscale campus, a 280MW data center campus to serve the greater Shanghai region,” commented Mr. Shen. “I look forward to contributing my capabilities and experience to Chayora’s strategy of creating advanced data center sites in key connectivity hubs across China, enabling market access for global enterprises, major cloud, colocation and online services organisations with the same speed and reliability as they would experience anywhere else in the world.”
For more information about Chayora, visit www.chayora.com.