MC Digital Realty and Arteria collaborate on connectivity
Today, MC Digital Realty - an equal joint venture between Texas-based data centre operator Digital Realty and the Japanese Mitsubishi Corporation - announced a new collaboration with Japan’s Arteria Networks Corporation.
The project will provide new fibre optic connectivity linking MC Digital Realty’s NRT hyperscale campus in Inzai with a new submarine cable landing station near Inzai City.
The project will allow customers hosting their digital infrastructure in MC Digital Realty’s campus to bypass the need for their data to pass through the country’s largest interconnection hub in Tokyo. This will reportedly allow customers faster access to services as part of PlatformDIGITAL.
“Customers in our NRT connected campus want an environment that allows them to process large volumes of global traffic,” said Bampo Tezuka, Representative Director and CEO of MC Digital Realty. “By collaborating with ARTERIA Networks, we will provide data centre solutions that can meet a wide range of customer needs including such significant traffic demand.”
Japan’s data centre industry is experiencing a period of unprecedented demand, along with the rest of the APAC region. With the volume of data being generated globally on the rise - and the dangers of data gravity along with it - infrastructure that prevents data from becoming too centralised is going to be increasingly important as the decade continues.
MC Digital Realty’s development strategy in Japan is tackling this demand, with the construction of its 38 MW NRT hyperscale campus in Inzai beginning in January of 2020. The campus is expected to expand across adjacent real estate in the near future, growing its capacity to as much as 100 MW.
Arteria is undergoing its own strategic expansion in step with MC Digital Realty’s buildout, adding new fibre routes and interconnection facilities across Inzai City, linked to its submarine cable landing stations in the northern part of Ibaraki Prefecture and the Minami-Boso area of Chiba Prefecture.
“Our company has been building its own optical fiber network to respond to customer needs in a timely and flexible manner. Installation of our facilities in MCDR’s NRT 10 data center is expected to generate synergies between the two companies and significantly enhance the value of Inzai,” commented Yasutoshi Kikuchi, Executive Officer and CTO of Arteria Networks.
“We aim to contribute to the growth of our customers’ business by connecting NRT 10 to submarine cables that connect countries and major data centers in Tokyo.”
Inside the future of Ireland’s subsea cable landscape
On Tuesday, June 15, 2021, experts from Aqua Comms, GTT, euNetworks, the IDA, and European data centre leader Interxion will take part in a virtual panel to explore the evolving relationship between subsea cabling, digital transformation, Data Gravity and the future of Ireland’s digital economy.
You can tune in to the event, which is taking place between 10:30 PM - 11:30 PM JST on Tuesday, here - or view it later on-demand. The hour-long panel will also conclude with a 20 minute Q&A session with the audience, moderated by Interxion’s Senior Director of Market Development, Mike Hollands.
The Gateway to Europe
Since the first transatlantic cable was laid in 1858, briefly connecting Newfoundland and Valentia Island in County Kerry, Ireland has served as a critical gateway for North American organisations looking to gain access to Europe.
Today, some of the largest firms in the world, like Pfizer, Janssen, Zurich, Metlife, Google and VmWare use Ireland for their European Headquarters. The combination of an English-speaking workforce (a boon made all the more important as Brexit makes the UK and the north of Ireland an increasingly complex environment that provides diminishing opportunities to access the rest of Europe), a cultural and regulatory landscape that welcomes foreign investment, and world-class connectivity makes the country an unparalleled choice for firms looking to establish a foothold in the EU.
As a result, Ireland has become one of the world’s leading data centre hubs. And, thanks to the exponential growth of Data Gravity, and the increasingly essential nature of digital infrastructure, Ireland’s role as a launchpad into Europe is only likely to grow more prominent.
The future of Ireland’s digital economy is, experts from Interxion argue, closely linked to its ability to provide connectivity between Europe and North America. The further development of the country’s subsea cable industry will form the keystone of the discussion being held on Tuesday, as experts from throughout the industry share their insights into the challenges and opportunities that face operators working towards a more connected future for Ireland.
Meet the Experts
On Tuesday, speakers from the IDA, Aqua Comms, GTT Communications, euNetworks, and Interxion will discuss key themes, including key facts about Ireland’s existing subsea infrastructure, plans for the future of the industry, the challenges that need to be overcome, the interaction between subsea and terrestrial networks, and the next steps in Ireland’s role as the gateway to Europe.
Ciarán Delaney has served as the VP of Operations and Optical Engineering at GTT since 2017. With more than 10 years worth of experience in the telecoms industry, he’s a leading expert on transatlantic connectivity, with an in-depth knowledge of both submarine and terrestrial cable systems.
Currently serving as the CEO and Director of the Board at Irish submarine cable firm Aquacomms, Nigel Bayliff has more than 30 years of experience in the telecom infrastructure market. His past roles have granted him unique perspectives gained from buying, building and running international submarine cable networks as an operator as well as developing and implementing cables as a constructor.
As the Head of Infrastructure Investment at euNetworks, Toby Williams has spent over a decade developing digital infrastructure throughout Europe, Ireland, and the UK. He has also done extensive work developing dark fibre networks, which are a key component in providing the agility and capacity necessary for operators to overcome the challenges posed by Data gravity.
The Irish Investment Development Agency (IDA) is one of the key drivers of overseas investment in the country, and is responsible for the attraction and development of foreign investment in Ireland. Shane Nolan has worked in various roles throughout the IDA for more than 18 years, and is currently serving as the organisation’s Head of Technology & Emerging Business.
Interxion: A Digital Realty Company, is one of Europe’s leading data centre operators and, as part of Digital Realty’s Platform DIGITAL, is taking a leading role in raising awareness of the threat posed by Data Gravity. Mike Hollands has served as Interxion’s Senior Director of Marketing Development & Strategy since 2017, and is a 15 year veteran of the industry. At Tuesday’s event, he will serve as moderator, guiding the discussion surrounding the evolution of Ireland’s role as a gateway to Europe and regional data centre and subsea cabling hub.