Mongolia Wants Data Centers

A data center project for the Mongolian government is yet another sign of the expanding geography of mission-critical facilities.

The global demand for data centers is prompting construction in places well beyond the "usual suspects" for international Internet growth. The Mongolian government is building a data center in Ulaanbaatur to house the government's IT systems and Internet infrastructure. KT Corporation, a leading South Korean internet provider, has been hired to build the new government facility.

"The project will help the two countries to improve technology co-operation and accelerate South Korean companies' foray into the Central Asian country," a KT official told the Yonhap news agency.

The Mongolia project follows the news that Microsoft is considering building a data center in Siberia. The demand for data centers in the Asia-Pacific market clearly has grown well beyond the major Internet markets like Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney.