Digital Realty has partnered Savvis to launch a new Tier 3 data center in Hong Kong, certified by Uptime Institute, to serve an anticipated increase in demand for datacenter facilities.
Spanning 180,000 square feet, the new facility is located in Tsueng Kwan-O Industrial Estate in New Territories or about 12 miles from downtown Hong Kong, according to a joint statement released Tuesday night. The location is deemed strategic for its low latency connection to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, as well as its proximity to three submarine cables and seven landline cable systems.
"Hong Kong serves as the gateway for the vast majority of global financial firms, media companies, and consumer brands seeking entry into mainland China," said Gery Messer, Savvis' Asia-Pacific managing director, adding that the new facility will support the vendor's global customers that need secure and highly available IT services across the region.
This is a requirement that Digital Realty's clientele will also require, noted Kris Kumar, Digital Realty's senior vice president and Asia-Pacific head. "Our Hong Kong facility meets our clients' requirements for a Tier 3 data center that has been officially certified by Uptime Institute, ensuring resiliency and security for businesses operating in this important market."
With the certification, the data center needs to operate at 99.999 percent uptime and it also has links to over 240 telcos, said Kumar, who added that the facility was built using Digital Realty's POD Architecture.
Uptime Institute is a datacenter-focused consultancy and research firm globally recognized for its tier certifications of data centers, and has offices in various countries including Singapore, London, the U.S., and Dubai.
According to a survey commissioned by Digital Realty earlier this year, 87 percent of Hong Kong respondents planned to either use third parties to design and build data center, or lease datacenter space. In addition, by 2015, 80 percent of organizations in the Chinese territory will outsource to co-located or managed hosting and cloud environments, revealed another survey commissioned by Savvis.
Digital Realty last week also opened a new Tier 3 data center in Melbourne, its second in the Australian city where National Australia Bank is one of its tenants.