Data center growth in Asia is moving beyond the historic business hubs in Tokyo and Hong Kong. The latest sign comes in this week's announcements of new construction projects from NTT Communications and KDDI/Telehouse.
NTT Communications will open premium data centers in Vietnam and Singapore and also launch a new service that boosts connectivity between data centers in what it calls "a major new strategy to expand business in the fast-growing Asian region."
NTT's new Ho Chi Minh City Data Center in Hanoi will open in the third quarter of 2011, joining the Thang Long Data Center in Hanoi as NTT Com's second data center in Vietnam. The company also announced plans to open a data center in Singapore in the first quarter of calendar 2012.
The Inter-Data center Connectivity Service will use a large-capacity backbone to provide high-speed, rack-to-rack connectivity between core data centers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and the United States. Multiple NTT Com data centers in the Tokyo area already offer high-speed interconnectivity for data backup, application delivery and disaster recovery. With the launch of the Inter-Data Center Connectivity Service, NTT Com customers will enjoy these same benefits across the Asian region.
"Targeting the fast-growing Asian market, which is expected to account for 40 percent of the global economy in 2030, NTT Com is leveraging world-class quality to offer unrivaled one-stop solutions for customers in this region," said Katsumi Nakata, Executive Vice President, Global Strategy, NTT Communications. "We help multinational companies establish footholds and grow their businesses in Asia by offering them robust data centers, uniformly consistent network services, an expanding range of cloud services and expert local presence in individual Asian markets."
KDDI, the parent company of Telehouse, announced plans this week to provide colocation services in Shanghai’s Pudong district in cooperation with Shaghai Data Solution Co., Ltd., a data center that provides redundancy related services via career diversity in Shanghai.
Earlier this year Malaysia's CSF Group conducted an initial public offering to raise funds to expand its data center footprintin southeast Asia, including a new facility in Malaysia and an expansion into underserved markets in Vietnam and Thailand.