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Equinix launches new 36MW data centre in Tokyo through GIC joint venture

Written by Thu 6 Jul 2023

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Equinix has opened its second data centre in Tokyo, Japan. The TY13x data centre will support a capacity of up to 36MW, with the aim to address growing demands for cloud services in the country.

The facility located in the Inzai region will provide 8MW in its first phase. It will be developed to be safe from flooding and seismic zones, which both affect the country.

The TY13x data centre is set to be located adjacent to the TY12x data centre, Equinix’s first xScale data centre in Asia, which has a capacity of 54MW.

In Japan, Equinix has leased approximately 20MW of capacity across the TY12x facility in Tokyo and its OS2x data centre in Osaka.

Businesses in Japan are becoming increasingly aware of digital transformation and data-driven exercises, leading to a growing demand for hyperscale data centre services.

“The growing use of public cloud services is accounting for a larger share of IT spending, and an increasing number of companies are making more efficient use of these services. We believe the demand for hyperscale data center services will continue to surge as cloud service providers need to expand their capacity to serve the rising cloud deployments of their end customers,” said Satoshi Matsumoto, Software and Services Research Director at IDC Japan.

IDC forecasts the public cloud services market in Japan will grow at an annual rate of 20.8% from 2021 to 2026. Meanwhile, the market size is expected to reach £22.9 million ($29 million) by 2026, an increase of 2.6 times that of 2021.

According to the Global Interconnection Index 2023, Tokyo leads the Asia Pacific region for interconnection bandwidth growth. This is predicted reach 1,758 terabytes per second by 2025, with 40% of this bandwidth coming from cloud and network service providers.

“The opening of TY13x will meet the unique technical and operational requirements of hyperscalers as they support businesses in the world’s third largest economy in transforming to meet the opportunities of an interconnected, digital-first economy,” said Kuniko Ogawa, Managing Director for Japan at Equinix.

The TY13x facility is Equinix’s 12th xScale data centre in its global portfolio of hyperscale joint ventures in collaboration with Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC. The portfolio is forecast to scale to more than $8 billion of investment through 36 xScale facilities, supporting a capacity of more than 720MW.

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Written by Thu 6 Jul 2023

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