Colt launches its largest data centre in Japan to date
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.
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."
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."
Equinix: Digital leaders expect changes to working patterns
A global report released by Equinix has revealed that digital leaders expect long-term changes to the way people work.
As part of the report, the data infrastructure company surveyed 2,600 IT decision-makers from several different businesses spanning 26 countries in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions. The study also highlighted the biggest technology trends affecting global businesses and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted digital infrastructure plans.
Talking about companies’ expansion strategies, Claire Macland, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Equinix, said: “Many companies are now investing more in their digital infrastructure to enable them to embrace a hybrid working model and thrive in the new world of work we all find ourselves in.
“Despite headwinds in many sectors, many organizations are continuing to expand physically and virtually into new markets and regions around the world”, she said.
The report drew the following conclusions:
- 64% of the 2,600 digital leaders surveyed believed there will be “long-term changes to both how and where people will work in the future.
- 57% of global companies intend to expand into new regions despite the effects of the pandemic
- 51% of businesses worldwide say they have rearchitected their IT infrastructure so that it can meet the demands of remote and hybrid working. Digital transformation has also been accelerated due to an increase in businesses’ technology budgets.
How might digital transformation be affected post-pandemic?
COVID-19 has demanded that companies make several changes to the way that they operate, including digital transformation. According to the study, 47% of those surveyed reported that they have accelerated their digital transformation plans because of the Coronavirus pandemic. A further 42% of organisations said their budgets have increased to keep up with the growth of digital transformation.
Another change in adapting to the pandemic was to businesses’ IT strategies with six in 10 companies saying that it has been revised in response to the situation. 58% said they are looking to invest in technology to “improve agility’ post-COVID.
When asked about their priorities for their digital strategy, 80% of respondents said that digitising their infrastructure was of utmost importance, while 57% viewed interconnection as a ‘key facilitator’ of digital transformation.
"This increasing focus on digitization and expansion is one of the reasons why Equinix has continued to invest in its own growth. We completed 16 new expansions in 2020—our most active build year ever—and expect to continue to evolve Platform Equinix to support our customers as they continue on their digital transformation journey”, said Claire Macland.
Potential concerns disperse over expansion plans being halted by COVID-19
The study has also revealed that organisations’ previous concerns that the pandemic will negatively affect their business expansion plans have been lessened.
57% of businesses have said that they “still have plans” to expand into new regions and of that percentage, nearly two-thirds (63%) plan to do so virtually instead of investing in physical IT infrastructure.
The full Equinix report can be found here.