Digital Realty recently opened its first data centre in Japan.
Called the Digital Osaka 1, the 93,000 square feet facility provides 7.6 megawatts of IT capacity, enabling the company to support the data centre and colocation requirements of global cloud providers in Osaka, Japan.
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.
According to Canalys, Japan is becoming one of the most highly sought-after markets for cloud data centre locations due to country's strict data sovereignty laws, which increasingly require personal data to be stored in facilities that are physically located within the country.
Besides that, Osaka is a thriving financial and colocation centre and a gateway for international exchanges.
The Digital Osaka 1 is expected to meet the needs of companies which come from a variety of industrial fields, as well as universities and specialist organisations carrying out high-level research and technological development in Osaka.
"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," said A. William Stein, Digital Realty's Chief Executive Officer.
Yoichi Fukuoka, Mayor of Ibaraki City, Osaka, said: "I am very pleased that Digital Realty is establishing a data centre in Saito, Ibaraki City. 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."
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