Digital Realty Announces Grand Opening Of First Japanese Data Centre, "Digital Osaka 1"

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Digital Realty, a leading global provider of data centre, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced today the official opening of Digital Osaka 1, its first data centre in Japan.  The new facility spans approximately 93,000 square feet and provides 7.6 megawatts of IT capacity.  Digital Osaka 1's robust power architecture enables the company to support the data centre and colocation requirements of global cloud providers in Osaka.

Digital Realty also announced the acquisition of an adjacent land parcel for the development of a Digital Osaka 2 data centre. Upon completion, the Osaka connected campus will support up to 27 megawatts of additional IT capacity.

"We are very excited to open our first data center in Japan, expand our global network, and provide critical infrastructure for our customers with IT deployments in Osaka," said Edward Higase, Managing Director, Asia Pacific for Digital Realty. "Digital Osaka 1 was fully leased prior to the official opening, a reflection of the strong demand in the Japanese market for Digital Realty's comprehensive data centre solutions. The development of our Osaka connected campus will enable us to further expand our world-class data centre platform and support our customers' rapidly growing demand here and around the world."

Osaka is a thriving financial and colocation centre and a gateway for international exchanges. The Kansai region centered around Osaka has a population of approximately 20 million people and a GDP of approximately 80 trillion yen.  It is home to a broad cross-section of companies spanning a wide variety of industrial fields, as well as universities and specialist organizations carrying out high-level research and technological development.

"We are very pleased to expand our footprint in Osaka and to continue building upon our relationships and community in this global financial and colocation hub," said A. William Stein, Digital Realty's Chief Executive Officer. "With the addition of Osaka to our global connected campus network, customers will soon have new opportunities to connect, extend their reach and find new business opportunities across our global data centre platform."

Japan has become one of the most highly sought-after markets for cloud data centre locations, according to a Canalys report. Strict data sovereignty laws and high customer demand are some of the factors pushing cloud service providers to seek data centres in Japan, where personal data is increasingly required to be stored in facilities that are physically located within the country.  

"I am very pleased that Digital Realty, one of the world's leading providers of data centre solutions, is establishing a data centre in Saito, Ibaraki City," said Yoichi Fukuoka, Mayor of Ibaraki City, Osaka. "For our city planning and the continuous progress of Saito as a base for research and development, we consider this a very meaningful development. Through this opportunity, we hope that Digital Realty will expand its global data centre platform and further advance it worldwide."

Digital Realty offers a full spectrum of global data centre solutions. The company owns and operates 145 properties encompassing approximately 23 million square feet across 33 global metropolitan areas, enabling customers to expand from a single cabinet to a multi-megawatt facility as their needs grow, with no change in providers and no interruption in service. The company's Service Exchange interconnection platform (powered by Megaport), which launched in November 2016, facilitates direct, private and secure connections, or virtual cross connects, to multiple cloud service providers – including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure – as well as telecommunications providers and other Digital Realty customers worldwide.  Customers can actively manage their virtual cross connects through MarketplacePORTAL, Digital Realty's award-winning online customer platform, and scale the bandwidth of their connections up or down as needed.

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