Nov 27, 2020

Equinix to build a third data centre in Osaka, Japan

Data Centres
Digital Transformation
Joanna England
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The world-leading provider is set to invest $55mn in the new project
The world-leading provider is set to invest $55mn in the new project...

The world’s leading digital infrastructure company, Equinix, has announced it will build a third data centre in the city of Osaka.

The International Business Exchange (IBX) facility named OS3 will fulfil the demand for data centre services in Japan’s second-busiest business hub. 

According to reports, Osaka is swiftly becoming Japan’s second international financial centre, with its industry driving forward the development of the digital economy. 

The city is home to energy, healthcare, medical services and manufacturing enterprises, while Osaka is also topped to become a prime location in Japan for data centres, only secondary to Tokyo.

Scheduled to open in Q4 of 2021, the OS3 facility will be close to major internet and peering exchanges along with an ecosystem of network, cloud and digital content providers. Customer advantages will include direct, low-latency connections to the large Kansai region that encompasses major cities like Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. 

Demand for digital infrastructure continues to grow in the Asia-Pacific region. According to a market study published by Equinix, cloud and IT services are expected to reach 1,374 Tbps (terabits per second) by 2023. With a sector growth rate of 29%, Asia-Pacific’s market is increasing in size even faster than North America.

According to Kuniko Ogawa, Managing Director, Equinix Japan, Osaka is a new hub for international and domestic businesses. He said, “Osaka has emerged as a significant market. In the past years, we have seen rising demand for secure, high-performance, and low-latency connectivity in the Kansai area.”

Ogawa believes the new facility will offer businesses in the region a range of new data storage options because it will work in conjunction with their other Japan-based centres. “We are set to expand our ability to bring together and interconnect the infrastructure that businesses need to fast-track their digital advantage,” he said.

The first phase will see 33,000 square feet of the development completed to initially house 900 cabinets. Later, once the development is finished, the facility will be double the size, offering 89,340 square feet of colocation space.

The OS3 will also be connected to the Equinix data centre in Osaka, offering a range of interconnectivity solutions to customers, including Equinix FabricTM— formerly Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric. 

The on-demand, SDN-enabled interconnection service will allow businesses to connect between their own distributed infrastructure and any other company's distributed infrastructure, including some of the world's largest network service and cloud providers on Platform Equinix. 

Customers in Osaka will also be able to establish direct and secure access to cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Google Cloud, to address the demand for hybrid multi-cloud infrastructure.

Mimei Ito, Research Manager of IT Services for IDC Japan (International Data Corporation) explained, “With the rising adoption of digital transformation, together with the acceleration of advanced technology such as AI and IoT, we are expecting a strong growth of demand for digital infrastructure in Japan, despite the short-term economy slowdown amid COVID-19.” 

Ito continued, “As the service level of digital infrastructure directly impacts the quality of user experiences, the expansion of the Equinix data centre in Osaka reflects a rapid increase in the deployment of digital workloads among enterprises and their customers in Japan's second-largest metropolitan area. This is expected to accelerate further through enhanced interconnectivity of cloud ecosystems.”

Jeremy Deutsch, President, Equinix Asia-Pacific, added, “Digitalisation is no longer just an option, but a prerequisite for businesses to succeed.”

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Jun 22, 2021

NKG1 opens BDx Nanjing data centre campus

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Big Data Exchange (BDx) launches the first phase of its Nanjing data centre campus in China with the opening of NKG1.

Big Data Exchange (BDx), a pan-Asian data centre company has launched its Nanjing data centre campus in China with the opening of its first facility, NKG1. The company said they “celebrated” the launch of the campus, located in the Yangtze River Delta, one of the nation's richest regions and its largest import and export base. 

Following its certificate of completion from the Urban and Rural Construction Bureau of Jiangning District in Nanjing City, the NKG1 campus is “now serving customers”. Construction on the Nanjing campus began in February last year. 

"We worked through the challenges of completing a major construction project during the peak of the pandemic because customers were anticipating this launch to support an unprecedented surge of growth and capacity requirements”, said Bill Gao, EVP & Chief Executive Officer of BDx Greater China. 

"The launch of NKG1 enables BDx to have new world-class data centre infrastructure in China. It also lays a solid foundation for BDx to provide OTTs, financial services institutions, and Fortune 500 MNC customers with high reliability, high redundancy, and low latency solutions”, he added. 

What does the NKG1 data centre include?

According to BDx, the NKG1 facility is the first data centre in the city to earn the Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Design Documents and offers 4MW of IT power for colocation. NKG1 is powered by two separate 10-kilovolt feeders from two substations that aim to provide the NKG campus with 60MVA of total power sanctioned from the grid.

During COVID-19, BDx says that its design and construction team focused on safety to ensure that the project was completed safely and without incident. This enabled the company to add critical capacity to this region and respond to the accelerated shift to digital environments that caused a surge in demand for data center services. “Research shows that demand hasn't dropped as the economy reopens”, BDx said. 

The launch of NKG2

Due to rising demand in China’s data centre market, BDx plans to launch the second phase of its Nanjing campus, NKG2, by the end of this year. “NKG2 is designed to be minimally manned and almost lights-out — a reigning philosophy across BDx's data center cluster. In addition, its highly automated features make for a more sustainable data center environment”, the company said.



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