Pacnet expands data center to address growing Asian cloud


Pacnet announced its latest
investment into a new Data Landing Station (DLS) in Hong Kong, with direct
high-speed connectivity into Pacnet’s pan-Asian subsea cable network.


This is part of the company’s strategic plan
to expand its hosting and co-location infrastructure to meet the burgeoning
demand for data center services across Asia Pacific.


We are building this capability in Hong Kong
to serve Asia’s growing appetite for cloud services. More enterprises are
tapping into the cloud paradigm to realize economies of scale as they expand
across the region, and Hong Kong is well-positioned as a data center hub to
support this,” said Bill Barney, chief executive officer of Pacnet.


The new DLS will extend Pacnet’s
technological leadership in IP services, as the accelerating adoption of cloud
and the unprecedented boom in digital content drive up demand for data center
resources in Asia Pacific.


As part of its Digital 21 Strategy, the Hong
Kong SAR government is actively developing Hong Kong to be a regional data
center hub.


According to a recent Gartner report, data
centers and web hosting in the Asia Pacific market will hit $4.5 billion by
2015, increasing at a CAGR of 14.3 percent from $2 billion in 2010.


The research firm also noted that the growth
of managed hosting services will be driven by an increase in the volume of
demand and a move toward higher-quality data center facilities.


The report also says the growth of hosting
services continues in Asia Pacific. Enterprises are demanding more data center
capacity, space and racks to support their business expansion in the region.


Following the earthquakes in Japan, this has
pushed some Japanese companies to seek alternative disaster recovery sites
outside of the country, which will create more hosting demand in Asia Pacific.


Increasingly, customers are demanding
high-speed connectivity alongside co-location services. By locating the new
data center on the site of Pacnet’s Cable Landing Station (CLS), it is able to
deliver high-speed connectivity and the network redundancy to support their
growing business demands.


The big shift into the cloud is also evolving
quickly, and we need hosting and network infrastructures that are not only
reliable, but also energy efficient to support this business transformation.


The Pacnet Hong Kong Data Landing Station
will be the first facility of its kind in Hong Kong to attain the Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, an internationally
recognized certification program for meeting rigorous green building
performance standards. The two-storey facility will be built within the site of
Pacnet’s EAC-1 CLS in Tseung Kwan O.


The carrier-neutral data center facility will
be directly connected to Pacnet’s EAC-C2C subsea cable, Asia’s largest
privately owned subsea network, providing customers with high capacity, low
latency connectivity across Asia and the United States, with multiple
resiliency options.


By Team
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