Wednesday, 30 September 2020 06:24

AirTrunk to build Asia's biggest data centre, excluding China, in Tokyo

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An artist's impression of AirTrunk TOK1. An artist's impression of AirTrunk TOK1. Supplied

Hyperscale data centre specialist AirTrunk says it will enter the biggest data centre market in Asia — not counting China — with a new 300+ megawatt hyperscale data centre campus in Inzai, Tokyo.

The first phase of the campus, which would be approximately 60MW, is slated to open in late 2021 to support customer demand.

A statement from AirTrunk, a Japanese company, said the TOK1 would be among the biggest data centres in Asia and scalable to more than 300MW giving customers the ability to support their growing capacity needs in Japan.

AirTrunk founder and chief executive Robin Khuda said: “Japan is a highly developed market with strong international connectivity, underpinning its position as a technology and data centre hub in Asia.

"The rapid increase of cloud adoption in Japan will be enabled by critical infrastructure, including hyperscale data centres like TOK1.

“TOK1 is part of our ongoing commitment to deliver secure, reliable, scalable, and cost-effective infrastructure for our cloud customers in key Asia-Pacific markets.

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"We’re ensuring operational excellence and a consistent experience for our customers across our data centre platform.”

AirTrunk's Japan chief Nori Matsushita said the local team would leverage AirTrunk’s global data centre expertise and regional standards gained from its hyperscale data centre developments in Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

“AirTrunk’s unique construction methodologies, safety track record, and commitment to providing an efficient and sustainable digital ecosystem will be key to our success in Japan," he said.

"We look forward to working with our partners to deliver this enormous data centre in Inzai.”

The company said TOK1 would include seven buildings on more than 13 hectares. Strategically located in Inzai’s data centre hub, the carrier neutral data centre will provide strong international and domestic connectivity with multiple fibre paths to the campus.

AirTrunk said it had secured high voltage power to the site, with dedicated 66kV substations. It claims efficient design will result in an ultra-low power usage effectiveness of 1.15, delivering significant energy efficiency.

AirTrunk already has hyperscale data centres in Sydney West (130MW), Sydney North (110MW), Melbourne (130MW), Singapore (60MW) and Hong Kong (20MW).


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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