Carrier neutral and diversely connected facility will be purpose-designed for the demands of hyperscale.
Following the 2011 earthquake in Japan, many companies realised the benefit of geographically dispersed sites and so there is a large demand for data centres near Osaka as an integral part of disaster recovery plans.
The facility will employ state-of-the-art cooling technologies to ensure high efficiency, while supporting Colt DCS and its clients’ sustainability targets.
The ground-breaking for this site swiftly followed the Colt DCS announcement of Fidelity’s joint venture with Mitsui to provide advanced hyperscale data centres in Japan, with potential further growth in APAC.
“Mitsui is very pleased to celebrate the ground-breaking for the first data centre project in Keihanna. Starting with this exciting project, Mitsui hopes to further strengthen our partnership with Fidelity and Colt for our JV,” said Shinsuke Waka, GM of Financial Business Division, from Mitsui & Co.
There has been a surge in cloud service demand throughout Japan, all of which requires carrier-neutral network access in the region, as well as disaster recovery sites. Combined with the fact that the Kansai region of Japan has a population of around 22.4 million, generating enough GDP to position itself at the same level as the Top 20 countries.
The acquisition of this site is another stake in the ground for us, demonstrating the momentum of our hyperscale strategy and cementing our foothold in APAC, said Padraig MacColgain, Vice President, Head of APAC at Colt DCS.
“This land was not originally available for purchase by a data centre operator due to Keihanna Science City being an area designated for research and development activities. However, we received immense support from the Kyoto Prefectural authorities to help make our acquisition possible and want to thank them greatly for their support,” he said.