Digital Realty opens second Osaka facility

Digital Realty has opened a second facility on its Osaka connected campus. The firm said development of KIX11, centred on a multi-megawatt, multi-year agreement with a key global cloud service provider for capacity reached in November 2018, following the launch of the first Osaka data center in May 2017.

Digital Realty said the facilities will be connected via dark fibre to subsequent phases of the Digital Osaka connected campus, bringing together critical data center, network, cloud and connectivity providers under a single environment.

“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,” said Digital Realty CEO 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.”

The four-story facility is reinforced with seismic isolation systems, spans over 23,000 square meters, and will deliver up to 28 megawatts of total IT capacity.  MC Digital Realty now operates four data centers in Japan – two each in the Tokyo and Osaka metros – and owns strategic land holdings in Osaka that will support the development of up to 55 megawatts of additional IT capacity.

The new Osaka data center is a carrier-neutral facility with multiple carriers on site, providing open access to the Digital Realty ecosystem.  “The facility has also adopted Secured by Design principles, offering customers a highly-secure location able to meet the growing demand for secure and reliable infrastructure,” the US firm said.

Separately, MC Digital Realty – 50/50 partnership with Mitsubishi – recently flagged the acquisition of a five-acre land parcel in the Tokyo area to develop a new, 36-megawatt data center by 2021.

The company aims to serve the growing number of Japanese enterprises migrating their digital footprint from on-premise facilities to third-party service providers.  It said the collaboration leveraged Digital Realty’s expertise in data center design and construction  along with Mitsubishi Corporation’s  expertise in the Japanese real estate and IT industries.

“Osaka is a thriving financial and colocation center, and a gateway for international exchanges., ‘ said Digital Realty APAC MD Mark Smith. “The expansion of our Osaka connected campus strengthens our global data center platform and enhances our ability to serve rapidly growing customer demand in the region.”

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