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Equinix launched its Osaka datacentre Thursday, its fifth in Japan

Equinix launched its Osaka datacentre Thursday, its fifth in Japan

Datacentre services and colocation provider Equinix announced the launch of its latest datacentre in Japan Thursday, located in Osaka. The company said its carrier neutral approach will help better serve its international customers and grow its hosting business in the highly competitive market.

The company’s Osaka datacentre, OS1, the company’s first  in western Japan, was built in partnership with Japanese ICT service provider K-Opticom (the company’s local network partner) and Kanden Energy Solutions, a Japanese utility and power solutions provider.

Equinix said that in the first instance the new datacentre will house 320 cabinets of server space, but the company will add up to 500 more cabinets in 2014 as demand for colocation and cloud hosting picks up. It said the datacentre has built in power-redundancy and a range of anti-seismic technologies that can be put to use in the event of environmental disasters, which have taken on renewed importance for enterprises and service providers since the Fukushima disaster two years ago.

It’s one of the only providers to offer five nines (99.999 per cent) availability in its SLAs globally, and owns a regional ethernet exchange that links global and local carriers to its datacentres.

“The opening of our first datacentre in Osaka with the support of K-Opticom, KENES and O-BIC allows our customers around the globe with a diversity of networks and connectivity options in Osaka, driving synergies with our Tokyo operations,” said Kei Furuta, managing director of Equinix, Japan.

“With the two key hubs in Japan, cloud, content and network providers, as well as financial services firms, can access the broadest choice of networks in the region, enabling them to rapidly and cost effectively expand their business, while better serving their international customers,” he added.

The company has four datacentres in operation in Tokyo, the latest having launched at the beginning of August this year. It has moved to consolidate its presence in the Asia Pacific region in recent years, having also built out three datacentres in Singapore.

Its largest presence in the region is in Japan, where the company expects the datacentre and colocation services market to reach $6bn by 2017. Other companies to have recently announced datacentres there include Fujitsu, Digital Reality, and Telstra.

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