"Global data center and interconnection company Equinix recently unveiled its new International Business Exchange facility in Osaka, Japan. The completion of the data center represents a quick turnaround for Equinix and fulfills its commitment to get it online by the end of 2013. Plans to construct it were first announced in July of this year. It is the company's first facility in western Japan and fifth in the country.
The data center, called OS1, was developed in tandem with Japanese access provider K-Opticom and electric utility Kanden Energy Solutions. Many of the design considerations, including carrier neutrality, are intended to streamline the process of expansion for businesses that want an on-the-ground presence in Japan's second largest market. Equinix also received support for O-BIC, an Osaka government agency that provides resources and support for foreign companies expanding their business footprint in the region.
Data Center Services for Optimal Connectivity
The carrier-neutral facility will provide access to more than 950 international and domestic telecommunications carriers, as well as a direct line to Dojima, Osaka's network core. Additionally, customers will be part of the global Platform Equinix, an interconnection service with more than 4,400 customers.
""The opening of our first data center in Osaka with the support of K-Opticom, KENES and O-BIC allows our customers around the globe with a diversity of networks and connectivity options in Osaka, driving synergies with our Tokyo operations,"" stated Kei Furuta, managing director of Equinix, Japan. ""With the two key hubs in Japan, cloud, content and network providers, as well as financial services firms, can access the broadest choice of networks in the region, enabling them to rapidly and cost effectively expand their business, while better serving their international customers.""
State-of-the-Art Disaster Recovery Solutions
The 32,000-square-foot, 800+ cabinet facility has robust disaster recovery and prevention features. Earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters are a concern for companies with a presence in Japan, which is why Equinix said it took steps to combat the power, availability and environmental issues that can result from these incidents. Infrastructure measures include redundant power systems and backup generators. Physical preventative tactics include a system for resisting seismic activity in order to stop earthquakes from disrupting OS1.
Equinix's other four Japan data centers are located in Tokyo. Company representatives stated that the Osaka facility will enable them to offer businesses better data center solutions in a the seventh-largest regional economy in the world."