Colt to build Hyperscale Data Centre in Japan

Colt Data Centre Services (Colt DCS) has commenced construction of its next hyperscale data centre with a ground-breaking ceremony in Japan.

This 42,000m2, 45MW facility will be located in Keihanna Science City, in the Kansai area, the company said. The site will be ready to service Colt DCS customers in early 2023.

Following the 2011 earthquake in Japan, many companies realised the benefit of geographically dispersed sites and so there is a large demand for data centres near Osaka as an integral part of disaster recovery plans.

Further, this carrier neutral and diversely connected facility will be purpose-designed to meet the scalable capacity demands of hyperscale and enterprise customers looking for large scale facilities to meet their growing requirements.

Post the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations across the world have increased their digital adoption, as a result of remote work and restrictions placed on people movements.

The facility will employ state-of-the-art cooling technologies to ensure high efficiency, while supporting Colt DCS and its clients’ sustainability targets.

This development needs to be seen in the context of Fidelity and Mitsuis joint venture looking to invest 300 billion yen ($2.7 billion) by 2026 in the development of new data centers and provide advanced hyperscale data centres in Japan, with potential further growth in APAC.

“Mitsui is very pleased to celebrate the ground-breaking for the first data centre project in Keihanna. Starting with this exciting project, Mitsui hopes to further strengthen our partnership with Fidelity and Colt for our JV.” commented by Shinsuke Waka, GM of Financial Business Division, from Mitsui & Co.

“There has been a surge in cloud service demand throughout Japan, all of which requires carrier-neutral network access in the region, as well as disaster recovery sites,” stated Quy Nguyen, Vice President, Global Accounts and Solutions.

“Combined with the fact that the Kansai region of Japan has a population of around 22.4 million, generating enough GDP to position itself at the same level as the Top 20 countries, we expect this facility to be a key site for Colt DCS,” he added.

“The acquisition of this site is another stake in the ground for us, demonstrating the momentum of our hyperscale strategy and cementing our foothold in APAC,” added Padraig MacColgain, Vice President, Head of APAC at Colt DCS.

Venkatesh Ganesh

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