AirTrunk: Where the cloud meets the ground in Asia Pacific

We take a look at AirTrunk, the company designing, building and operating hyperscale data centres to meet the needs of companies for a data-driven future

Founded in 2015, AirTrunk is a hyperscale data centre specialist creating a platform for cloud, content and large enterprise customers across the Asia-Pacific & Japan (APJ) region.

According to the company, it opened Australia’s first and largest hyperscale data centres in Western Sydney and Melbourne in 2017, and has focused on rapid expansion across Asia Pacific ever since. It has also launched in Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney North and Japan and as well as announcing a second Western Sydney data centre.

It develops and operates data centre campuses with reliability, technology innovation and energy and water efficiency. AirTrunk’s capabilities, designs and construction methodologies allow it to provide customers with a scalable and sustainable data centre solution at a significantly lower build and operating cost than the market, the company claims. 

Meeting increasing demands for cloud adoption

Earlier this year, AirTrunk announced plans to build a new 110MW hyperscale data centre in West Tokyo, named AirTrunk TOK2 (TOK2).

TOK2 will become the company’s eighth data centre, joining its expanding Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) network that includes SYD1, SYD2, SYD3 and MEL1 in Australia, SGP1 in Singapore, HKG1 in Hong Kong and TOK1 in Japan.

TOK2 increases AirTrunk’s capacity to over 410MW in Japan and 1.2GW across Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ).

AirTrunk Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Robin Khuda, said: “As Japan continues to digitalise at scale, we are seeing strong shifts in cloud adoption, with analysts projecting the country’s public cloud services market to grow 19.5% annually to 2025. Global and Japanese technology companies are focusing on Tokyo as a key growth market.”

Expanding growth of data centres

Built across more than 4.6 hectares (11.36 acres) of land and powered by high voltage substations, the campus will utilise flexible, innovative designs configured to meet customer requirements and drive greater capacity optimisation.

Maintaining AirTrunk’s high efficiency and sustainability standards, it is designed to an industry-low power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.15 and will utilise direct air-free cooling.

AirTrunk’s Head of Japan, Nori Matsushita said: “AirTrunk’s multi-billion-dollar investment into the economy will support the Japan Digital Agency’s path toward digitalisation, contributing to the country’s post-COVID recovery. We are also creating thousands of jobs in Japan during the development and on-going operations of our data centres.”

 “It’s an exciting time to be a part of AirTrunk in Japan as we expand our team to support the growth of our data centre platform. With a diverse and flexible workplace, learning and development opportunities, a new state-of-the-art headquarters in Shibuya Tokyo and industry-leading data centres, AirTrunkers can make their impact as we scale and sustain the digital future of Japan and beyond,” he continued. 

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