Digital Edge has announced it has entered into a partnership with Hulic, a leading Japanese real estate developer, to develop a carrier neutral data center facility named ‘TYO7” in downtown Tokyo, Japan. TYO7 is designed to provide much needed interconnect focused colocation capacity to one of the world’s largest data center markets.
TYO7 is an interconnect focused project designed to address this unmet demand and further enhance the Digital Edge ecosystem in Tokyo. The new facility will be situated only 1 km from Otemachi, the central network hub of Japan, and less than 300m from the company’s existing TYO2 site (formerly known as ComSpace I), which is one of the most network dense data centers in Tokyo.
Cross Link and additional third-party carrier connectivity solutions will provide customers with a variety of options to access Digital Edge’s virtual Tokyo campus as well as other key data centers in the metro.
Located in the Nihonbashi-Kobuna-cho district the new facility will sit in a dark fiber rich area in close proximity to the financial district. It will also serve as a natural extension for existing TYO2 customers. TYO7 will operate under the Digital Edge brand name and is expected to be Ready-for-Service in early 2025.
Japan continues to be recognized as a leader in digital transformation and data driven businesses, and the pace of change has only accelerated since the global pandemic; the Japan IoT (Internet of things) market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 23.0% (2017-27) while edge AI applications in Japan are witnessing a CAGR of 20.03% (2021-30).
The Tokyo data center market is valued at USD $2.2bn (as of 2021) but despite growing demand, land for data center development in the dense, downtown area of Tokyo is limited, making retail colocation space in a central location highly sought after by network, cloud, and enterprise customers.
In line with the growing data center demand in Tokyo, in 2022, multiple data center players have also entered Japan’s capital. ESR Cayman Limited together with its subsidiaries has acquired a key data center asset in Higashi Kurume which is in the Mitaka area of Tokyo, Japan.
AirTrunk has also announced 110+MW West Tokyo data center named AirTrunk TOK2. Equinix also developed its fifteenth International Business Exchange data center in Tokyo, Japan named TY15.