With Japan poised for a huge acceleration to the cloud, AirTrunk has announced a new 300 MW hyperscale data center in Tokyo.
The TOK1 data center is set to be one of the largest independent data centers in Asia.
“The rapid increase of cloud adoption in Japan will be enabled by critical infrastructure, including hyperscale data centres like TOK1,” said Robin Khuda, the Founder and CEO of AirTrunk.
Excluding China, Japan is Asia’s biggest data center market, with an estimated value of US$7 billion by 2025.
“Japan is a highly developed market with strong international connectivity, underpinning its position as a technology and data center hub in Asia,” added Mr. Khuda.
TOK1 will include seven buildings positioned across more than 13 hectares of land in Inzai, Tokyo’s data center hub.
“TOK1 is part of our ongoing commitment to deliver secure, reliable, scalable, and cost-effective infrastructure for our cloud customers in key Asia Pacific markets,” said Mr. Khuda.
The carrier neutral data center will provide strong international and domestic connectivity with multiple fibre paths to the campus.
Japan is well-connected with submarine cables, with even more projects on the way, including Southeast Asia-Japan Cable 2, JUPITER, Japan-Guam-Australia North, and Okinawa Cellular Cable.
Earlier this year, NEC Corporation, a Japanese multinational information technology and electronics company, announced a 9,400-kilometer ADC submarine cable that will connect China (Hong Kong and Guangdong province), Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
“AirTrunk’s unique construction methodologies, safety track record, and commitment to providing an efficient and sustainable digital ecosystem will be key to our success in Japan,” said Nori Matsushita, the Head of Japan at AirTrunk.
AirTrunk secured high voltage power to the site, with dedicated 66kV substations to power the data center.
“We look forward to working with our partners to deliver this enormous data centre in Inzai,” added Mr. Matsushita.
AirTrunk has planned an energy efficient design that will result in a PUE of 1.15, which is close to the ideal 1.0 PUE score.
Japanese construction conglomerate, Daiwa House, has been appointed as the general contractor for the data center and will also take a stake in the project.
Earlier this year, a consortium led by Macquarie Asia Infrastructure Fund 2 and including Public Sector Pension Investment Board, acquired an 88% stake in AirTrunk, valuing the company at more than US$2.1 billion ($A3 billion) and providing necessary capital and expertise to further realise their expansion plans across APAC.
With facilities in Sydney West (130 MW), Sydney North (110 MW), Melbourne (130 MW), Singapore (60 MW) and Hong Kong (20 MW), the TOK1 data center will be AirTrunk’s sixth in the Asia Pacific region, and will bring their total capacity to more than 750 MW across five tier one markets.
The initial 60 MW phase of the campus is slated to open in late 2021.