HONG KONG, 8 SEPTEMBER 2008 Rackspace Hosting, a US/UK-based hosting services provider, today announced the opening of its Asian headquarters and data centre in Hong Kong.
According to Rackspace, Hong Kong was selected for its reputation within the global business economy, its world-class IT infrastructure, multiple telecommunication providers and rich talent pool. The decision was a response to its current Asian Pacific region customer base that expressed preference in conducting business in Hong Kong.
The data center, located in the Fo Tan district of Hong Kong, will represent an investment of at least US$20 million when complete, inclusive of data centre lease obligations and infrastructure, equipment and personnel expenses. The new data centre will initially have approximately 9,500 gross square feet and will be expandable to about 18,000 gross square feet.
Variety of hosting services
Rackspace's operation in Hong Kong will offer a wide range of service including managed hosting, cloud hosting, virtualization, security and e-mail services, storage and backup and professional services.
Simon Galpin, acting director-general of investment promotion at InvestHK, said: Our stable political environment, sound legal systems that protect data and intellectual property rights, as well as world-class telecommunications, information technology and electric power infrastructure ensure the smooth running of the center.
InvestHK is a Hong Kong government department responsible for promoting Hong Kong as a base to locate a business; and assists overseas enterprises establish and develop their presence in the city.
And Hong Kong's position as the gateway to mainland China, soon to be the world's third largest economy, provides a springboard for overseas companies to go into mainland China, Galpin said.
The sales and support will be handled on a global basis with teams located in Hong Kong, the US and UK. Rackspace has more than 500 customers based in Asia Pacific.
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