Savvis Accelerates Asian Data Centre Strategy
Savvis has launched its second data centre in Hong Kong and indicated that it plans to enter the mainland Chinese market within the next 12 months. Numerous other data centre operators and hosting and co-location facilities providers are also turning to Hong Kong with the aim of exploiting the island nation's growing status as a regional data routing hub, developments that are reflected in BMI's bullish forecasts for spending on cloud computing services and solutions, which rely heavily on data centres. However, China will be a more difficult proposition.
The new 18,000 square-foot data centre is located in the Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate, is a fully certified Tier III facility offering connections to more than 240 telecommunications operators, carriers and service providers in Asia. The facility is being operated under a joint venture agreement with Real Estate Investment Trust Digital Realty, which specialises in the construction, leasing and maintenance of properties that can be used as data centres.
BMI believes Hong Kong is well positioned to serve Asia's growing data storage and remote processing service requirements. Early implementation of a nationwide broadband next generation access network has allowed for ubiquitous, always-on, high quality broadband service availability to consumers and businesses. As the country is a focal point for many of the region's submarine cable systems, available broadband capacity is high (8,495Gbps as of September 2013, according to the Office of the Communications Authority) and continues to outpace growing data traffic volumes. Furthermore, with almost 200 active ISPs, vigorous competition ensures that bandwidth pricing is attractive.
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