AirTrunk's sixth facility TOK1 goes live

AirTrunk's sixth facility TOK1 goes live

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AirTrunk unveiled its first data centre in Japan on Tuesday, TOK1, which is scalable to over 300 megawatts (MW).

Opening with more than 60MW of capacity, TOK1 is located on a 13.25-hectare campus and is ready to scale to a total of seven buildings. Located in Inzai Chiba Prefecture, TOK1 will service the major cloud availability zone in the Tokyo region.

AirTrunk founder and CEO, Robin Khuda said: “The opening of TOK1 in the Tokyo region marks a major milestone for AirTrunk as we bring our market-leading speed, scale, efficiency, and reliability to Japan, supporting the country’s digital transformation.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time to be bringing online a hyperscale data centre of this size. Large technology companies, as well as enterprise looking to migrate from on-premise to the cloud, can now leverage the scale, security, connectivity and efficiencies of this world-class facility.”

On the 300MW of total capacity, AirTrunk said this will be powered by dedicated onsite 66kV substations. Power availability is tightening in some parts of Tokyo, so the facility also has "strategic access" to utility power in the Inzai area, via a major new utility sub-station adjacent to the campus.

AirTrunk said TOK1's energy efficiency credentials make it "the most efficient facility in the country", however, the only figure to back this is its power usage effectiveness (1.15, incidentally).

That aside, the sustainability-focused developer and operator has equipped TOK1 with a  solar-ready roof, ready to carry 4,000sqm of solar panels, that would have the capacity to generate nearly 1 million kWh of power per year.

AirTrunk is also working closely with the utility provider and renewable project developers to offer customers innovative and commercially attractive energy and renewable energy supply options.

AirTrunk’s CTO Damien Spillane said: “As we deliver digital infrastructure that is both scalable and sustainable, new data centres like TOK1 give us the opportunity to develop new and innovative solutions that drive efficiencies for our customers and reduce our carbon footprint.”

To mark the opening of TOK1, an official ceremony was held onsite, attended by the mayor of Inzai City, Masanao Itakura (pictured right), and key AirTrunk partners, including Nori Matsushita, AirTrunk head of Japan (pictured left). The ceremony included a traditional Japanese lion dance, sake barrel breaking and official ribbon cutting.

Khuda added: “Today is a momentous occasion for the AirTrunk team, and our partners, that has been more than four years in the making as we secured an exemplary site, multiple anchor tenants, strong local partnerships and, importantly, high voltage power to the site. TOK1, which was built in record time, is ready to scale quickly for our customers.”

The campus was first announced in September 2020 and delivered in 45 weeks. Construction saw more than 500 people worked approximately 550,000 work hours with no time lost to injuries.

Now live, TOK1 becomes AirTrunk’s sixth operational facility, alongside SYD1, SYD2 and MEL1 in Australia, SGP1 in Singapore and HKG1 in Hong Kong. Earlier this month, the company also announced a third Sydney data centre, SYD3, as flagship SYD1 nears full capacity.

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