NTT Com opens data centers in Singapore, Malaysia

Japanese ICT services provider launches new facilities to support expansion in Asia-Pacific, where it has seen growing interest in cloud services and higher interest in business continuity planning, following region's natural disasters.

SINGAPORE--NTT Communications has unveiled its Singapore Serangoon Data Center and Malaysia Cyberjaya 3 Data Center, as part of plans to expand its network in the Asia-Pacific region. The Japanese ICT services provider aims to cater to financial services companies and enterprises that require fast networks and secure infrastructure to support private clouds.

At a media briefing here Friday, NTT Com CEO Akira Arima pointed out that the new facilities were the company's first self-designed-and-built data centers outside Japan. These are connected directly to the Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE), the company's new undersea high-speed cable linking countries across the region which allows for zero backhaul or minimal latency, he said.

Arima added that this was the company's fourth data center in Singapore, and the third in Malaysia. NTT Comm is the international business arm of telecommunications company, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), providing network and security management services.

The company added that investment in the Singapore facility cost about 12.4 billion yen (US$153.3 million), with  2,500 racks spanning an area of 5,000 square meters. The Tier III+ data center offers co-location and cloud services, and has been fully operational since end-February.

The Malaysia facility commenced operations on Apr. 26 and is positioned as a remote backup and offshore site, due to the country's low electricity rates and stable infrastructure, NTT Com added.

Theorodic Chan, COO at NTT Singapore, said at the briefing that growth in the region was encouraging, with strong demand for cloud services. "Revenue from Asia has grown 20 percent each year," he noted.

Chan added that demand also had been driven by growing interest in business continuity planning, following the recent natural disasters in the region such as the Japan earthquakes and Thailand floods.

On the event sidelines, Takeshi Kazami, president and CEO of NTT Singapore, noted strong interest particularly from financial services and manufacturing sectors. "It's hard to quantify but before these natural disasters, very few people were talking about it. Now we can see a lot of our clients asking for it and being receptive to disaster recovery planning," he added.

NTT Com said it plans to launch a new data center in Hong Kong next year.