Equinix is opening its International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Osaka, called OS1 - its first in the western region of Japan, the global interconnection and data centre company announced on December 5.
According to Equinix sources, the OS1 data centre was opened in partnership with K-Opticom, one of the largest access providers in the Osaka/Kansai area, and Kanden Energy Solutions (KENES) with support from O-BIC, an Osaka government agency that supports foreign-owned companies establishing businesses in the region.
Osaka is located at the centre of Kansai, the second largest region in Japan with a GDP of US$916 billion, a size comparable to South Korea's economy. Its central location, together with the strength of its economy, makes Osaka the ideal second metro to support Equinix's existing Tokyo operations.
With the opening of Equinix's carrier-neutral data centre, global companies can easily expand their businesses to Osaka, the second largest market in Japan, the company said in a statement.
The first phase of OS1 will offer an initial 320 cabinets, expanding to over 800 in 2014.
Customers inside OS1 will have access to more than 950 domestic and international carriers, establishing Osaka as a global network hub by directly connecting to Dojima, the network core in Osaka.
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