One of Digital Centre’s founding members has officially opened its newest data centre in Japan.
Digital Realty’s KIX11 will be connected via dark fibre to subsequent phases of the Digital Osaka connected campus, bringing together critical data centre, network, cloud and connectivity providers under one secure environment.
It’s is the fourth Japanese data centre for the world’s largest provider of data centre, colocation and interconnection solutions. Within the Asia Pacific region, Digital Realty already operates a network of industry-leading data centres located in Singapore, Hong Kong, Osaka, Tokyo, Melbourne and Sydney.
“The completion of KIX11 marks another milestone in the growth of our platform in Japan and an important step towards realizing the enormous potential of our partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation (MC),” said Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein. “Our Osaka connected campus will provide institutional quality infrastructure solutions at the heart of this thriving economic region for both global and Japanese clients.”
Next-generation infrastructure for Industry 4.0
The four-storey facility offers:
- seismic isolation systems
- 23,000 square metres
- up to 28 megawatts of total IT capacity
- a carrier-neutral facility with multiple carriers on site, providing open access to the Digital Realty ecosystem
- Infrastructure that follows Secured by Design principles
The partnership combines Digital Realty’s data centre expertise with Mitsubishi Corporation’s real estate and IT knowledge. The result – meeting the growing demand from Japanese businesses wanting to migrate to the cloud.
Why Asia Pacific is a hotspot
Asia Pacific is home to over half the world’s online population. For data centres, it’s one of the most exciting regions to be in, for reasons such as:
Four of the world’s top 10 markets for smart phone adoption are in Asia Pacific. In part this is fuelled by advanced network coverage, as well high consumption of video content which is already driving video adspend. The next 12 months will also 5G increasingly rolled out, with Australia, China, Japan and South Korea expected to lead the way to Asia Pacific becoming the world’s largest 5G region by 2025.
IDC forecasts APAC (excluding Japan) will be the global leader for IoT spending in 2019, alongside Australia and South Korea. This is down to reasons including building Smart Cities, a key objective among many governments in the region. Another key factor is digital payments, already embedded (AliPay and WeChat have already supplanted banks as the primary payment provider in China).
A recent Gartner report found Asia Pacific CIOs cited AI as the most disruptive game changer for 2019. Meanwhile, IDC expect 25% of endpoint devices and systems in the region to execute AI algorithms by 2025.