MC Digital Realty, ARTERIA Networks to provide connected data communities in Japan


MC Digital Realty has launched a collaboration project with ARTERIA Networks Corporation to provide new connectivity that will directly link the MC Digital Realty NRT connected campus and the new submarine cable landing station near Inzai City in Japan.

The company said this will bypass the need to interconnect in downtown Tokyo and the project will enable customers to deploy their critical applications at a key centre of data exchange on PlatformDIGITAL. 

MC Digital Realty is a 50/50 joint venture between Mitsubishi Corporation and Digital Realty providing a full suite of data centre solutions in Japan.

Digital Realty’s recent research highlights Japan’s role at the forefront of the growth in data volumes in the Asia Pacific region, with data gravity intensity in the Tokyo metro expected to more than double annually through 2024. 

MC Digital Realty’s development in Japan will be a reflection of the need to enable a new approach in developing new communities centred around customers’ data. 

In January 2020, MCDR began construction of a key centre of data exchange in the Tokyo II data centre in the Inzai area of Chiba Prefecture and unveiled its connected campus at Inzai development roadmap with plans to build a 100MW campus by securing adjacent land for data centre development. 

“Customers in our NRT connected campus want an environment that allows them to process large volumes of global traffic,” said Bampo Tezuka, Representative Director and CEO of MC Digital Realty. 

“By collaborating with ARTERIA Networks, we will provide data centre solutions that can meet a wide range of customer needs including such significant traffic demand.” 

ARTERIA Networks is expanding its optical network in Inzai City, Chiba Prefecture, and announced its plan to build facilities for a dedicated fibre connection at MCDR’s NRT 10 data centre.

Robert Davidson, Senior Director of Network Strategy in Digital Realty Asia Pacific, added, “Beyond Japan, Digital Realty operates key centres of data exchange on PlatformDIGITAL in major cities across the Asia Pacific such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney, and Melbourne. 

“Once this new interconnection path to the nearby submarine cable landing station is deployed, customers who use our data centres cross-regionally will have high-speed, low-latency access to Digital Realty’s global connected data community. 

“As an alternative to the traditional network hub concentrations in the Tokyo metro area, we will provide new distributed network hub functions connecting Japan to the rest of the world.” 

MC Digital Realty revealed that by harnessing the global coverage options provided by international submarine cables, the two companies are contributing to the expansion of digital business in the Inzai area. 

“Our company has been building its own optical fibre network to respond to customer needs in a timely and flexible manner,” said Yasutoshi Kikuchi, Executive Officer and CTO of ARTERIA Networks.

“Installation of our facilities in MCDR’s NRT 10 data centre is expected to generate synergies between the two companies and significantly enhance the value of Inzai. 

“We aim to contribute to the growth of our customers’ business by connecting NRT 10 to submarine cables that connect countries and major data centres in Tokyo.”