Monday, 30 August 2021 09:38

AirTrunk opens Japan headquarters ahead of data centre inauguration

The reception area of AirTrunk's Japan headquarters in Shibuya, Tokyo. The reception area of AirTrunk's Japan headquarters in Shibuya, Tokyo. Supplied

Australian hyperscale data centre specialist AirTrunk has opened its Japan headquarters in Shibuya, Tokyo, ahead of the opening of its first Japanese data centre in Inzai.

In a statement, AirTrunk chief executive Robin Khuda said the new data centre, the company's sixth, was part of a planned expansion in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Today [27 August] marks a major milestone in the AirTrunk story as we officially open our new corporate office in Japan to accommodate our fast-growing Japan business now and into the future," he said.

"Our new Japan headquarters in Tokyo demonstrates our commitment to growing in this strategic market as we continue to expand our data centre platform and investment in Japan.

“In the next five years, cloud adoption in Japan is expected to grow by about 12% CAGR, accelerated by COVID-19 and driven by the rapid enterprise migration from on-premise and traditional data centres to the cloud.

"Hundreds of megawatts of enterprise data will need to be migrated to the cloud, enabled by critical digital infrastructure including hyperscale data centres like AirTrunk TOK1.”

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A purification ceremony, known as OHARAI, underway at the Japan headquarters. Supplied

Khuda's figures were based on a report from Fuji Chimera Research Institute in May 2021, commissioned by AirTrunk.

In March, AirTrunk opened a new facility in Sydney's north, the 110+ MW AirTrunk SYD2 centre.

The company already has centres in Western Sydney and Melbourne. It opened two centres in Singapore and Hong Kong last year, providing more than 80MW of IT load.

Earlier in August, the Japan office was blessed by a priest in an OHARAI purification ceremony. However, while it is officially open, most staff are working remotely in line with government advice.

The hyperscale data centre is set to open in late 2021 and will be the largest and most efficient data centre in Japan when complete, at over 300+ MW of IT load and an industry-low power usage effectiveness of 1.15, delivering significant energy efficiency.

AirTrunk’s head of Japan, Nori Matsushita, said: “A year ago, we announced our plans to build the largest data centre in Japan, TOK1 in Inzai. Over this time, we have continued to build our local team of hyperscale data centre experts who have made huge progress in preparation for the data centre launch later this year.

"Our team in Japan is working closely with the broader regional team to deliver scalable, fast, flexible and reliable data centre solutions for customers.

“Our Tokyo headquarters are designed to support AirTrunk’s dynamic culture. The office includes collaborative working spaces with an open kitchen, café seating, lounges and breakout areas including a pool table. And importantly, there is a strong focus on sustainability as we minimise waste, water, and energy usage.”

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