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In the News: APAC Data Center Headlines Featuring IBM, OVH, Alibaba, Digital Realty, Global Switch & More

The Asia Pacific region is host to a diverse and dynamic data center industry, with the mature markets of Australia, Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong existing alongside the emerging markets of China, India, Malaysia and Korea.

As the fastest growing data center region in the world, APAC is experiencing a surge in colocation activity, driven by the aggressive expansion of large-scale cloud providers. IT research and advisory firm, 451 Research, has reported that interest in Asia will grow phenomenally, with revenues projected to exceed US $48 billion by 2021.

In this fast-moving territory, there’s no shortage of announcements of new data center builds, foreign investment and expansions, as we’ve seen in the headlines over the last month:

IBM launches new Sydney data center
IBM has opened its fourth Australian Bluemix cloud data center, located in Erskine Park, Sydney. The new six-megawatt facility, operated by colocation provider Digital Realty, will offer Bluemix cloud hosting and enterprise services such as Watson and IBM Blockchain. Despite the recent underperformance of its legacy business lines, the IT giant did enjoy a 35% increase in cloud revenue last year, and has 65 data centers across 21 countries worldwide.

Erskine Park Sydney

Cloud infrastructure provider OVH opens first Asia Pacific office
French company OVH, the world’s third largest hosting provider, has opened its Asia Pacific headquarters in Melbourne. Complementing OVH’s existing presence in Equinix’s Sydney data center, the Melbourne office will provide 80 jobs and the company has promised to support local startups through its Digital Launch Pad program. OVH now operates 20 data centers worldwide, with 1,600 employees across 19 countries.

Alibaba Cloud to build three new data centers in APAC
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Alibaba Cloud had doubled its cloud capacity in its Hong Kong data centers. Now, the cloud giant plans to construct new data centers in Malaysia, India and Indonesia.

The Malaysian facility is expected to be built in Cyberjaya and will provide the country’s first  global public cloud platform.The Mumbai, India and Jakarta, Indonesia data centers will be completed by March 2018 and will both play a pivotal role in the company’s cloud computing division. Upon completion of the three facilities, Alibaba will operate 17 data centers across 11 countries. The new facilities are expected to support the APAC region’s transformation into a digital economy, providing organizations with scalable, powerful and cost-effective services to assist their global growth.

Jack Ma of Alibaba

Digital Realty unveils Digital Osaka 1 data center
Leading colocation provider, Digital Realty, last month announced the opening of Digital Osaka 1, its first Japanese data center. The 8,600 square meter facility offers 7.6 MW of IT capacity, and the company has also acquired an adjacent block of land for the construction of Digital Osaka 2.  Japan is now considered one of the world’s most attractive data center locations, due to its high customer demand and strict data sovereignty laws that require personal data to be stored in domestic facilities.

Global Switch raises $1.2 billion to support growth strategy
Data center operator Global Switch has announced the completion of two bond offerings that raised $1.2 billion. The funds will help the company restructure debt, boost capital and continue its global expansion including the construction of eight new data centers. Two of the facilities will be located in Shanghai and Hong Kong, both of which are new markets to Global Switch. Three new facilities are already under construction in Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. The investment-grade bonds mature in 2024 and 2027.

Oracle reveals plans for new India data center
Oracle recently announced its intention to build a dedicated data center in India to support the expansion of its cloud services offerings across the subcontinent. The new facility will enable India-based customers to transition workloads to a local cloud, benefitting from economies of scale and faster, cheaper resources. India is one of the world’s fastest growing markets, with Gartner forecasting public cloud services to increase from $423 million in 2013 to $1.3 billion this year, despite the nation’s unreliable energy supplies.

Pulse, Telstra and Schneider Electric team up to build regional data center in Australia
A $29.9m Tier III data center is currently under construction in the regional town of Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia. Operated by Pulse Data Centres and in partnership with Telstra and Schneider Electric, the facility is expected to open in early 2018. The location of the data center from the Central Business District (75 miles) makes the new facility an ideal disaster recovery option for businesses in Brisbane (who are all too familiar with environmental events resulting in flooding and power cuts). Toowoomba is the second largest regional inland city in Australia, with the new data center being the highlight of FKG’s Toowoomba Technology Park.

Pulse Data Centre Toowoomba
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