Alibaba Doubles Hong Kong Data Center Capacity and Other APAC Data Center News
Hong Kong’s North East New Territories in front of the Shenzhen skyline. The Chinese city of Shenzhen links Hong Kong to mainland China (Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)

Alibaba Doubles Hong Kong Data Center Capacity and Other APAC Data Center News

STT completes major expansion in Singapore; AirTrunk raises AU$400M

Alibaba Expands Hong Kong Data Center Capacity

Alibaba has substantially expanded its Hong Kong data center capacity, more than doubling the physical footprint of its cloud in one of Asia Pacific’s key financial and connectivity hubs.

Alibaba, whose cloud customers include Nestle, Philips, and Schneider Electric, also recently opened data centers in Germany, Australia, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates. Its cloud now has physical footprint in 14 regions. The biggest concentration is in mainland China, but there are also Alibaba cloud data centers in Silicon Valley, Northern Virginia, and Sydney.

Read more: Hong Kong, China's Data Center Gateway to the World

STT Launches Three Singapore Data Centers

Singapore Technologies Telemedia, which last year bought a majority stake in Tata Communications’ data center business in India and Singapore, has brought online three colocation data centers in Singapore, bringing its footprint in the major network and business hub to five facilities.

Like Hong Kong, Singapore is a network gateway to the major markets in mainland China, making it a coveted data center location for foreign companies looking to serve the Chinese market or Chines companies looking to do business internationally.

STT GDC, STT’s data center colocation business, now operates 45 data centers in Singapore, China, India, and the UK, a market it entered by entering into a joint venture with Virtus, acquiring a 49 percent stake in the UK data center provider.

Read more: Mega-Clouds Drive Shift to Mega-Data Centers in Singapore

Australian Data Center Startup AirTrunk Raises AU$400M

AirTrunk, an Australian colocation startup building massive data centers in the Melbourne and Sydney markets, has secured AU$400 million (US$305 million) in new funding, majority of it coming from Goldman Sachs and TPSS. The deal is a combination of equity (about 60 percent) and debt, according to The Australian Financial Review.

The company was founded by Robin Khuda, the former CFO of NextDC, one of Australia’s biggest colocation providers, which went public in 2010. Khuda is hoping to take advantage of the demand for data center capacity by hyperscale public cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

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