Digital Realty announces grand opening of first Japanese data centre, “Digital Osaka 1”

Digital Realty, a provider of data centre, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced the official opening of Digital Osaka 1, its first data centre in Japan. The new facility spans approximately 93,000 square feet and provides 7.6 megawatts of IT capacity. Digital Osaka 1’s robust power architecture enables the company to support the data centre and colocation requirements of global cloud providers in Osaka.

Digital Realty also announced the acquisition of an adjacent land parcel for the development of a Digital Osaka 2 data centre. Upon completion, the Osaka connected campus will support up to 27 megawatts of additional IT capacity.

“We are very excited to open our first data center in Japan, expand our global network, and provide critical infrastructure for our customers with IT deployments in Osaka,” said Edward Higase, managing director, Asia Pacific for Digital Realty. “Digital Osaka 1 was fully leased prior to the official opening, a reflection of the strong demand in the Japanese market for Digital Realty’s comprehensive data centre solutions. The development of our Osaka connected campus will enable us to further expand our world-class data centre platform and support our customers’ rapidly growing demand here and around the world.”

Osaka is a thriving financial and colocation centre and a gateway for international exchanges. The Kansai region centered around Osaka has a population of approximately 20 million people and a GDP of approximately 80 trillion yen. It is home to a broad cross-section of companies spanning a wide variety of industrial fields, as well as universities and specialist organizations carrying out high-level research and technological development.

“We are very pleased to expand our footprint in Osaka and to continue building upon our relationships and community in this global financial and colocation hub,” said A. William Stein, Digital Realty’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the addition of Osaka to our global connected campus network, customers will soon have new opportunities to connect, extend their reach and find new business opportunities across our global data centre platform.”

Japan has become one of the most highly sought-after markets for cloud data centre locations, according to a Canalys report. Strict data sovereignty laws and high customer demand are some of the factors pushing cloud service providers to seek data centres in Japan, where personal data is increasingly required to be stored in facilities that are physically located within the country.

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