"According to recent research, customer demands for data center services have been increasing in the Asia-Pacific marketplace recently. This rise in client needs has prompted many providers to establish facilities in the region, including SAP, 1-Net and OneAsia, among others.
Heightened Service Demands: SAP's New Data Centers
In recent years, the data center market in the Asia Pacific region has been steadily growing, and is poised to continue this path of expansion. Datacenters.com noted that as of late 2013, there were 198 colocation data centers in the Asia-Pacific marketplace, with India, Japan and Hong Kong taking the top three spots.
This market growth is the result of rising client needs in the region, according to Datacenter Dynamics, which is causing a number of providers to bolster their service footprint in the region. One such organization is SAP, which announced plans to establish a new data center in Asia in early August.
The company is looking to add six new data centers in total by the end of 2014 due to the considerable rise in demands for cloud services. The new facilities will bring SAP's total data center count to 20 across the globe. Currently, the company has three data centers in the Asia-Pacific marketplace, including facilities in Osaka, Tokyo and Sydney.
1-Net Singapore Data Center
Another organization growing its service reach is 1-Net Singapore, which announced the launch of its newest data center in late July. The new facility will be the first Uptime Institute certified structure in the region, gaining a Tier III rating for design and construction, reported Datacenter Dynamics.
The company's newest Singapore data center will include 200,000 square feet of space and cost the organization about $130 million to establish. 1-Net also invested $70 million in the structure for technology upgrades needed for the Tier III certification.
The service provider noted that there has been a considerable rise in rich data consumption by local users. Therefore, 1-Net hopes its new data center will be the first in the region to offer special services for organizations wanting a deeper focus on digital content.
""We've seen a shift in the way consumers consume their information over the last few years, and businesses have also responded by changing the way they engage customers,"" said 1-Net Singapore managing director Wong Ka Vin. ""With the opening of this new 1-Net Data Center, 1-Net aims to become Asia's data center of choice.""
OneAsia's Hong Kong Data Center
OneAsia is also increasing its data center footprint in Asia-Pacific with the addition of its new Hong Kong facility in Chai Wan. According to The Jakarta Post, this is the company's fifth data center in the region providing colocation and cloud services to clients in the area.
OneAsia founder and CEO Charles Lee noted that the company did considerable research to select an existing building that would provide a strategic location and enable delivery of services to the business sector.
The Hong Kong facility boasts an N+1 redundant infrastructure as well as several security layers to guarantee data protection. In addition, the data center includes carrier neutral connectivity, a work area and shared conference rooms for client use.
OneAsia plans to complete the facility in phases, with the first bringing more than 16,000 square feet of space. The second phase, scheduled for completion next year, will add another 8,000 square feet of space.
""Leveraging the best-in-class facilities and a strong professional team of OneAsia, our customers can achieve their goals without having to invest in equipment and resources dedicated for business continuity plan,"" Lee said. ""Not only equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure, but also our many years of owner-operator experience give us a winning combination of quality service and unmatched technical experience that we provide to our customers."""