Nov 11, 2020

Colt launches its largest data centre in Japan to date

Data Centres
Harry Menear
2 min
The Inzai 3 facility has a capacity of 27MW, bringing the total capacity of its Inzai campus to 50MW
The Inzai 3 facility has a capacity of 27MW, bringing the total capacity of its Inzai campus to 50MW...

Colt Data Centres has announced the launch of a new data centre in Japan. The new facility, Inzai 3, is the latest expansion to the company’s Inzai campus east of Tokyo, and has reportedly already pre-let more than 90% of its total capacity. 

The campus already hosts two other data centres. Inzai 3, which has a total IT load capacity of 27MW, will bring the campus’ total capacity to 50MW. 

Colt Data Centres has been active in the Japanese market for more than 21 years. The Inzai 3 facility represents the company’s largest single data centre in the country to date. 

The facility has been designed in accordance with industry demand for larger data halls, and comprises three 1,000 square metre halls, with an average compute density of 3.375kW per square metre. 

The entire campus is designed to be resistant to the effects of earthquakes, which are somewhat common in the region. According to Colt, the facility sits on a system of seismic isolation mechanisms that will prevent the building from swaying in the event of a quake, causing it to shift and move as one, preventing damage. 

Growing demand

Colt has built Inzai 3 in response to massive demand growth from Japan’s cloud services industry. Japan’s Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, and its Minister for Digital Transformation, Takuya Hirai, have been driving industrial adoption in an effort to unlock the benefits of digitalisation for both the public and private sectors. 

"The demand we are seeing within the Japanese market is unlike ever before," said Hiroshige Sugihara, Head of APAC, Colt DCS. "Hyperscale, and the scalability and agility it provides, will be essential to foster such wide scale growth and we are thrilled to be supporting businesses and Cloud Service Providers in the region with the services they require."

Quy Nguyen, VP Global Accounts & Solutions at Colt DCS said, "While we are quite proud of our latest hyperscale facility, we are even more proud that we were able to deliver it in a responsible manner by ensuring the health and safety of our staff and contractors involved in the construction. By completing the site in a safe and timely manner, despite the pandemic disruptions of the last nine months, we are delighted to not only have delivered on our promise to clients, but to our employees and partners as well. We fully expect that demand for our high-quality hyperscale facilities will continue to grow in the Japanese market on the strength of our best-in-class operations and design and delivery expertise."

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Jun 23, 2021

Meet Norway’s new Data Centre Industry association 

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Local industry leaders, including Green Mountain, DigiPlex, and Bulk DCs, have formed the sustainability-focused Norwegian Data Centre Industry association

The Norwegian data centre industry is growing rapidly, growing at a CAGR of 17% year-on-year since 2010. Last year, the market hit an approximate total installed capacity of 145 MW - a figure that a recent Impact Analysis report predicts will rise significantly in the next few years. 

While contending with rapid demand growth, operators in Norway - as well as the rest of the Nordics - are also searching for new ways to engage with the communities they serve, as well as operate more sustainably, as the need for green practice becomes increasingly critical. 

The Norwegian Government aims for the country to hit carbon-neutral as early as 2030 - well ahead of the targets set by the Paris Climate Accords. As significant consumers of electricity and water, data centre operators throughout the country are stepping up their sustainability initiatives accordingly, often going far beyond the steps taken by colocation firms in other markets. 

This week, several leading players in Norway’s data centre industry, as well as the country’s leading power companies, Ringerikskraft and Statkraft, have come together to launch a new industry association focused on strengthening Norway’s position within the region as well as globally. So far, the Norwegian Data Centre Industry association comprises regional data centre leaders like Green Mountain, DigiPlex, Bulk Data Centers (who are scheduled to join in September), the Lefdal Mine Datacenter, and Basefarm. 

In addition to driving increased investment in Norwegian IT infrastructure, the group also plans to coordinate and promote several sustainability projects being undertaken by its members. The association will offer international marketing and education to support these projects, as well as promote the sustainability benefits of hosting cloud and colocation services within the country - like the fact Norway has the highest proportion of renewable energy in Europe. 

The group is being put together under the umbrella of ICT-Norway, the country’s largest special interest group representing its telecommunications and IT sectors. Liv Freihow, Policy Director at ICT-Norway, called the new association a “unifying, proactive and important player for the Norwegian data center industry.” 

The association’s General Manager, Bjørn Rønning, added that “Norway has all the prerequisites to become an attractive country to invest in a computerised business sector. The Norwegian data centre industry has an untapped growth and value creation potential, set against a large and rapidly growing international market. The Norwegian Data Center Industry [association] will be a key player in ensuring good growth conditions and framework conditions for the industry.”

In addition to Freihow, the association's board members include Petter M. Tømmeraas (Basefarm), Gisle Eckhoff (Bulk, from September 1), Halvor Bjerke (DigiPlex), Tor Kristian Gyland (Green Mountain), Jørn Skaane (Lefdal Mine Datacenter), and Kathrine Langjord (Statkraft).

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