About 18 companies are jostling for position in the data center arena.
Many are looking into niche areas creating their own markets with innovative
services, hoping their marketing mix will see them through.
SINGAPORE - Two of Singapore's leading data center operators - Webvisions and
iSTT - are excited about the burgeoning cybercarrier industry as they find that
the whole ISP services business is still growing.
"As the [cybercarrier] market develops, we'll start to find folks moving
into niche areas and differentiating themselves through interesting services.
The marketing mix of these services will then determine who will succeed and who
won't," said Roger Lim, CEO of Webvisions, which has garnered an Internet
Service Provider (ISP) license in Singapore last week.
Hosting more than 6,000 companies from 30 countries, Webvisions plans to
offer a full suite of ISP-based services including resale of leased circuit
services, public Internet access, Internet exchange, virtual private network,
managed data network, remote access and global roaming services.
These new services complement Webvisions current range of premium Internet
hosting solutions for mission-critical applications, which includes virtual
server, dedicated server, complex co-location and system management services.
Even more optimistic about the whole cybercarrier industry is Tay Kiong Hong,
chief operating officer at i-STT Pte Ltd. "Competition from traditional
technology vendors adds excitement to our business and creates an environment
that compels data center service providers to offer customers the best value.
Being carrier-neutral and vendor-neutral differentiates us and this enables us
to integrate various hardware, software, applications, bandwidth and
connectivity options for a best-of-breed solution that best addresses the market
Let's go build
In addition to Webvisions and iSTT, more than 18 independent and telco companies
are known to have announced their plans to build data centers.
According to Lucent Technologies and other sources, they include Asia Online,
AT&T, Breakaway Solutions, Crosswave Communications & Internet
Initiative Japan, DataOne, Exodus, GlobalCenter, iAsiaWorks, Japan Telecom,
Korea Telecom, Hanaro and Dacom, New World Cyberbase, NTT, Pacific Century
CyberWorks, Pacific Internet Exchange Corporation (PIXC), PSINet, Singapore
Telecom and UUNET.
Snapshot of Data Center growth
|AT&T ||By the end of this year, AT&T will double the size of
its existing ten centers in the US and will also be operating
internationally in at least three locations; the United Kingdom, Germany
and the Asia/Pacific region. The 26 data centers will be co-located on
AT&T's OC-48 IP backbone, a 100-percent digital, fully redundant
network. The company is also testing an innovative caching and
distribution technology that improves website performance and speeds the
delivery of web pages to visitors. Through Breakaway Solutions' data
centers in both the U.S. and overseas, Net users are now able to download
the StarOffice software. Boston-based Breakaway has seven regional offices
and three Internet solutions centers in the U.S., along with 10
application hosting facilities in North America, Europe, Asia and
|Crosswave Communications ||Crosswave Communications & Internet Initiative Japan has
announced plans to jointly build a string of Internet data centers across
Japan, including Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Sendai, Nagoya and Fukuoka.|
|DataOne ||DataOne, one of Singapore's latest ISP has announced
aggressive expansion plans to invest an initial S$30 to $50 millions to
roll-out data centers in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia & Philippines
by September this year.|
|Exodus ||The Santa Clara-based Exodus, which counts eBay as one of
its customers, announced plans in May this year to add data centers in
Asia and Europe and will expand capacity at some of its current US sites.|
|GlobalCenter ||GlobalCenter Inc., a Global Crossing Ltd. subsidiary and
leading Internet services company, has ten world-class data centers
located in major cities throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, including
London, New York City, Sunnyvale and Melbourne.|
|iAsiaWorks ||Early this year, iAsiaWorks, a pan-Asian Internet solutions
provider, has signed a long-term agreement with Hong Kong's iAdvantage, a
Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. subsidiary and SUNeVision member company, to
lease premium space for world-class data center facilities in Hong Kong
|Japan Telecom & NTT Communications ||Japan Telecom has announced plans to open two data centers
in Tokyo, and one in Osaka by this year while NTT Communications, which
has just acquired the remaining shares in US-based web host Verio, has
built a data center in Tokyo.|
|Korea Telecom ||Korea Telecom, along with IBM, opened a mammoth Data Center
in eastern Seoul (Mok-dong) in May 2000. Plans to build in six other
Korean cities by 2003 include Pusan, Kwangju, Taegu, Taejon, Yoido and
Kangnam. All facilities will be connected to form a nationwide network of
Internet Data Centers. Korea-based Dacom and Hanaro has one data center
each that is being used to host ASP services in Seoul.|
|New World Cyberbase ||New World Cyberbase has plans to build ten data centers
throughout the Asia Pacific region by year-end 2002 at a cost of approx.
$800M. Its China data centers are located in Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu,
Shanghai, Shenzhen, Xian and Wuhan.|
|PIXC ||Called "the Pacific Rim's most exciting high tech
venture", Pacific Internet Exchange Corporation (PIXC) was publicly
introduced in January 2000 after nearly a year of planning, construction
and international negotiations. PIXC's mission is to become the premier
provider of neutral state-of-the-art Internet Exchange (IX) facilities
throughout the world. Starting in Honolulu, PIXC's initial objective is to
build a dozen Internet exchanges throughout the Asia-Pacific region.|
|PSINet ||In Oct 99, PSINet opened Japan's biggest data center called
Tokyo Global Hosting Center. It has plans to open data centers in Hong
Kong, Seoul, Sydney, and Kanto and Kansai area in Japan.|
|SingTel & UUNET ||Singapore Telecom has plans to invest US$60 million in Asia. It opened its first in Singapore in April this year
and UUNET has located their data center in Australia|