Hundreds tune in for Digital Realty’s Virtual Groundbreaking of first data center in South Korea

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Hundreds tune in for Digital Realty’s Virtual Groundbreaking of first data center in South Korea

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Hundreds from across the technology industry tuned in to witness Digital Realty’s Virtual Groundbreaking of Digital Seoul 1 (ICN10), the company’s first data center in South Korea.

Digital Realty’s expansion into South Korea looks to make digital ambitions a reality by providing a truly carrier-neutral platform.

Why did Digital Realty choose South Korea?

We kicked off the Virtual Groundbreaking ceremony with an interview from Digital Realty Korea’s Country Manager, Jay Weon Khym.

Mr. Khym highlighted key factors driving Digital Realty’s decision to invest in Seoul, including the city’s high population density with young, tech-savvy individuals who have a higher amount of disposable income and access to ‘excellent high-speed infrastructure’.

Seoul is also the fifth largest data center market in Asia Pacific and is forecast to continue to grow, driven by demands in e-commerce, social media, the Internet of Things and gaming.

“The market is at the beginning of a growth cycle and starts showing signs of installisation. However, very few true carrier-neutral data centers exist with a global operation standard,” said Mr. Khym.

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Digital Realty’s hybrid cloud solutions and new state of the art facility will support domestic business growth and empower more international companies to expand their digital assets into the South Korean market, as demand and advancements in cloud computing grow to allow businesses the ability to scale up, modernise and make better use of their data.

Hybrid cloud solutions enable customers to grow as their business develops in their early stage by making use of public cloud infrastructures to minimise capital expenditure, then in later stages of growth, migrating portions of their IT workload to the private cloud minimises the expense of storing large amounts in the public cloud.

“Our investment in South Korea reiterates our commitment to powering our customers’ digital ambitions across a truly global platform,” said Mr. Khym.

Mr. Khym also shared his excitement for their aim to expand their footprint to 80-100MV within five years.

Mr Khym added: “We are humbled to have an opportunity to provide a trusted foundation for the nation’s technology roadmap.”

Breaking ground on Digital Realty’s first data center in South Korea

It was a real pleasure to celebrate the Virtual Groundbreaking of Digital Seoul 1 with the Digital Realty team who shared more on their exciting plans for the first truly carrier-neutral data center in Seoul.

> Watch the Virtual Groundbreaking ceremony on demand

Mark Smith, Digital Realty’s Managing Director, said: “Seoul is particularly interesting to us because we’re a company that listens very carefully to the needs of our customers. Our investment in Seoul is very much driven by the voice of our customers. This a response to what they have been telling us.”

Digital Realty’s customers, which include tech giants such as Facebook, Uber, IBM, Oracle and LinkedIn, told the global data center provider that they see ‘a lot of opportunity in the Korean market’.

“They are looking for a provider such as ourselves that can bring global standards and a true carrier-neutrality to the Korean market,” said Mr. Smith.

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To be truly carrier-neutral, Digital Seoul 1’s key aspect is to be not only carrier-neutral, but also fiber neutral.

Robert Davidson, the Head of Network Strategy at Digital Realty, said: “We are the first international data center that is going to come into the market and be able to offer a global experience in Seoul that allows you to interconnect with any of the carriers that are local to the Korean market without any intermediary restrictions.”

Digital Realty will have their own set of carrier licenses whereby they will control all of their ingress points and the fiber within those points for the data center, without the need for a third party. 

Traditionally, international players entering the market would need more than one location to access all of the connectivity footprints required.

“Now for the first time, there will be one hyperconnected data connectivity hub in Seoul, where you will be able to use your global MSA, your global contract vehicle with Digital Realty to enter Seoul and get access to everyone in one spot,” said Mr. Davidson.

Digital Realty chose the location of Digital Seoul 1 to give customers a ‘solid footprint for fiber connectivity and positions you well to interconnect with other data centers’. 

“This is really a game changer from a connectivity standpoint. As a network guy by trade, this is what I would have always wanted in all of my markets,” said Mr. Davidson.

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Digital Seoul 1 will be built on a 22,000 square foot land parcel in the Sangam Digital Media City in Seoul, which is a newly developed urban planning zone with a high concentration of technology and media companies aiming to promote South Korea’s digital economy, much like Digital Realty itself.

The data center is also set to be equipped with Korean Telecom Licensing and ISMS Certification as a Tier 3 Green Grid Data Center, by complying with local regulatory requirements.

Once the facility is completed in approximately 2021, the tallest purpose-built data center that Digital Realty has ever constructed will include up to 2,200 cabinets, a target PUE range of 1.32 to 1.4 for cooling, and a twelve-megawatt IT load for 50% Scale and 50% Scale-lite/enterprises.

The move into the South Korean market also marks a significant expansion of PlatformDIGITAL across Asia Pacific, enabling customers to rapidly scale digital transformation.

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Empowering the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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The South Korean Government is set to invest billions in Fourth Industrial Revolution technology, with a focus on DNA: Data, Network and Artificial Intelligence.

We were joined by Professor Yunmook Nah from the Korea Data Center Council, who emphasised the critical importance of data centers to support the upward trend of technological advancements in the country.

“The data center market is growing fast because of enabling technology like big data, AI, cloud and smart cities,” said Professor Nah.

The COVID-19 pandemic was also identified as an accelerator of cloud computing adoption and opened a new market of cloud services.

‘This is the first step of several’

Mr. Mark Smith expects this will be just the beginning of Digital Realty’s investments in Korea, as the global provider of cloud- and carrier-neutral data center, colocation and interconnection solutions’ continues to listen to their customers.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with where we are in this exciting moment in terms of virtually launching the facility in Seoul. We have a large number of people dialing in, which shows really well the amount of interest and demand.

“I couldn’t be more excited to enter the Korean market,” said Mr. Smith.

> Watch all the celebrations of Digital Realty’s Virtual Groundbreaking on demand now

Which data center is the best for your digital transformation needs?

As digital transformation continues and we enter into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, you may be looking at data centers for the first time or migrating to a different facility to enable your businesses’ growth.

But there are likely a lot of choices and questions: Will my data be secure? Is the connectivity reliable? How much will this cost?

We will answer all these questions and more at our ‘Data Center Selection & Migration in Asia Pacific’ digital event on Thursday 23 July.

Register for free today to find out how to choose the best data center for your digital transformation needs.

Get involved in conversation and connect with your peers on LinkedIn and Facebook using #WMediaEvent!

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Digital Realty breaks ground on first data center in South Korea

Digital Realty has officially broken ground on their first carrier-neutral data center in South Korea, following a Virtual Groundbreaking ceremony hosted by W.Media.

The Digital Seoul 1 (ICN10) twelve-megawatt facility will be built on a 22,000 square foot land parcel in the Sangam Digital Media City in Seoul.

“The groundbreaking of Digital Seoul 1 (ICN10) is a significant milestone for us at Digital Realty. Our investment in Korea reiterates our commitment to powering our customers’ digital ambitions across a truly global platform. We are humbled to have this opportunity to provide a trusted foundation for the nation’s technology roadmap,” said Jay Weon Khym, the Country Manager for Korea at Digital Realty.

Making digital transformation a reality

The current pandemic has accelerated the pace of digital transformation and adoption of cloud services across the world. South Korea is also a leader of innovation, with big data, AI, 5G and the Internet of Things quickly gaining momentum.

“Customers in the Asia Pacific region are set to gain from our new ICN10 facility, as they ramp up their own digitalisation efforts,” said Digital Realty’s Chief Executive Officer, A. William Stein.

The move marks a significant expansion of PlatformDIGITAL across Asia Pacific, enabling customers to rapidly scale digital transformation.

“Our investment in South Korea is an important milestone on our global platform roadmap, adding coverage, capacity and connectivity capabilities to enable our customers’ digital transformation strategies while demonstrating our commitment to supporting customers’ future growth on PlatformDIGITAL,” added Mr Stein.

PlatformDIGITAL is Digital Realty’s platform that hosts critical infrastructure and interconnect digital ecosystems.

Once the facility is completed in approximately 2021, the tallest purpose-built data center that Digital Realty has ever constructed aims to support domestic business growth and broaden opportunities for more international companies to expand their core digital assets into the South Korean market.

South Korea is a perfect place to set up a data center and is one of the fastest growing markets in APAC.

Mark Smith, the Managing Director of APAC for Digital Realty, said of the market: “[It is] a strategic market for us to enter as the first global provider to build from the ground up.”

The Digital Realty data center in South Korea will add to the global provider of cloud- and carrier-neutral data center, colocation and interconnection solutions’ portfolio of Asia Pacific facilities located in Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne.

More than 500 registered to discover more about the 162,000 square feet, twelve level facility at Digital Realty’s Virtual Groundbreaking event hosted by W.Media.

Watch this space for highlights from the event and more details on Digital Seoul 1.

And you can still get involved on social media using the hashtags #DigitalRealtyLaunch, #CongratsDigitalRealty, #DigitalSeoul1 and #WMediaEvent.