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Global Switch to build Hong Kong’s largest carrier neutral data centre

Zafar Anjum | Nov. 14, 2012
Invests HK$2.8 billion (US$ 360 million) in the project, construction is planned to start in 2013

Global Switch has acquired a site on the Tseung Kwan O (TKO) Industrial Estate in Hong Kong to build a Tier III1 plus data centre, the data centre company announced today.

This marks the company's entry to the Hong Kong market. Global Switch is the leading wholesale carrier neutral data centre provider in Europe and Asia-Pacific and is a Reuben Brothers company (www.reubenbrothers.com).

A Tier III data centre is one constructed with fully redundant primary and back-up power and cooling infrastructure

According to a media statement, Global Switch will invest around HK$2.8 billion (US$ 360 million) over the full course of the development, with further investment coming from specific customer requirements.

"This investment to build Hong Kong's largest data centre is in response to strong customer demand, and is consistent with Global Switch's strategy of expanding in key regional IT and connectivity hubs," said a company spokesperson.

Construction of the data centre is planned to start in 2013, with the first phase of space becoming operational in Q1 2015.

Hong Kong will be Global Switch's tenth data centre. When complete, the data centre will offer 35,000 sq m (375,000 sq ft) gross space with 45MVA of utility power and have best-in-class environmental credentials targeting a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Rating.

"We are delighted to contribute to the Hong Kong government's vision of making the city a data centre hub in Asia Pacific, as stated in its Digital 21 Strategy," said John Corcoran, Global Switch's Executive Chairman. "This world-class facility in Hong Kong will serve as a vital resource for local, regional and global customers looking to expand their businesses, as well as drive significant energy efficiency and cost savings.  We have ambitious expansion plans to further strengthen our leadership in the Asia Pacific region, with further new data centres planned in the near future."

 

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