Digital Realty launches first data centre in Japan

Digital Realty launches first data centre in Japan

Digital Realty has announced today the official opening of Digital Osaka 1, its first data centre in Japan.

The new facility spans approximately 93,000 square feet and provides 7.6 megawatts of IT capacity. Digital Osaka 1’s robust power architecture enables the company to support the data centre and colocation requirements of global cloud providers in Osaka. 

Digital Realty has also acquired an adjacent land parcel for the development of a Digital Osaka 2 data centre. Upon completion, the Osaka connected campus will support up to 27MW of additional IT capacity. 

“We are very excited to open our first data center in Japan, expand our global network, and provide critical infrastructure for our customers with IT deployments in Osaka,” said Edward Higase, managing director, Asia-Pacific for Digital Realty. “Digital Osaka 1 was fully leased prior to the official opening, a reflection of the strong demand in the Japanese market for Digital Realty’s comprehensive data centre solutions. The development of our Osaka connected campus will enable us to further expand our world-class data centre platform and support our customers’ rapidly growing demand here and around the world.” 

A. William Stein, Digital Realty’s chief executive officer, added: “We are very pleased to expand our footprint in Osaka and to continue building upon our relationships and community in this global financial and colocation hub. 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.” 

Japan has become one of the most highly sought-after markets for cloud data centre locations, according to a Canalys report. Strict data sovereignty laws and high customer demand are some of the factors pushing cloud service providers to seek data centres in Japan, where personal data is increasingly required to be stored in facilities that are physically located within the country. 

“I am very pleased that Digital Realty, one of the world’s leading providers of data centre solutions, is establishing a data centre in Saito, Ibaraki City,” said Yoichi Fukuoka, Mayor of Ibaraki City, Osaka. “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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