Digital Realty to deploy submarine cables, boosts globally connected data community in Japan
Published 15 March 2021
In an effort to improve data connectivity further, Japan’s MC Digital Realty and ARTERIA Networks Corporation have collaborated to link the MC Digital Realty NRT connected campus and the new submarine cable landing station near Inzai City.
MC Digital Realty is a 50/50 joint venture between Mitsubishi Corporation and Digital Realty, providing a full suite of data centre solutions in Japan. Setting up the new project with ARTERIA Networks, the companies are looking to harness the global coverage options to meet the growing data centre demand of cloud and content providers in the area.
ARTERIA Networks, which benefits from strategic access to international submarine cable landing stations in the northern part of Ibaraki Prefecture and Minami-Boso area of Chiba Prefecture, is strategically expanding its optical network in Inzai City, Chiba Prefecture. It announced a plan to build facilities for a dedicated fibre connection at MCDR’s NRT 10 data centre, expected to generate synergies between the two companies and significantly enhance the value of Inzai.
Robert Davidson, senior director of network strategy in Digital Realty Asia Pacific, said that once this new interconnection path is deployed, customers who use its data centres cross-regionally via PlatformDIGITAL will have high-speed, low-latency access to Digital Realty’s global connected data community. Key centres of data exchange on Digital Realty’s PlatformDIGITAL are operated not only in Japan but also in major cities across the Asia Pacific such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney, and Melbourne.
Recent research of Digital Realty highlights Japan’s leading role at the forefront of data volume growth in the Asia Pacific region, with data gravity intensity in the Tokyo metro expected to more than double annually through 2024.
“Customers in our NRT connected campus want an environment that allows them to process large volumes of global traffic,” said Bampo Tezuka, representative director and CEO of MC Digital Realty. “By collaborating with ARTERIA Networks, we will provide data centre solutions that can meet a wide range of customer needs, including such significant traffic demand.”
As an alternative to the traditional network hub concentrations in the Tokyo metro area, the project will provide new distributed network hub functions connecting Japan and other countries.
MCDR has developed a new approach in developing communities centred around customers’ most strategic asset: data. In January 2020, MCDR began construction of a critical centre of data exchange, NRT 10, in the Inzai area of Chiba Prefecture.