Digital Realty new data centres in Seoul and Frankfurt

Digital Realty expands data centre operations in Seoul and Frankfurt

31 July 2019 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

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Digital Realty is buying land in Seoul and Frankfurt in order to build new data centres.

The Seoul site will have 12MW of carrier-neutral data centre on a 2,000 square metres of land in the north-west of the city. In Frankfurt Digital Reality has taken on 137,000 square metres near the airport for a new campus. This follows a deal earlier this month to build a 12MW data centre in Paris.

“Our entry into South Korea is an important milestone as we continue to expand our platform across the Asia Pacific region,” said Digital Realty CEO William Stein. “South Korea is incredibly well positioned as a digital hub and centre for innovation within the region, given the growing global demand for big data, mobile services and connected devices.”

He said of the German plans: “Frankfurt is a critical connectivity hub for our customers in Europe, and this strategic land acquisition demonstrates our long-term commitment to securing our supply chain and supporting our customers’ growth across the region.”

The Seoul site is in the Sangam Digital Media City in northwest Seoul, a newly developed urban planning zone focused on technology and media companies.

The company has already started design work (see picture) on the building, which will have 10 storeys above ground and three below, with a floor space of 12,000 square metres. It should be ready in 2021.

The Frankfurt unit, which will have 84MW of data centre operations, is Digital Realty’s third in the German city.

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