Powering new-gen business, with APAC’s newest data center: Digital Realty
Like many events in technology, the breaking of ground for a new data center building in Seoul on June 16, was virtual. The online audience saw the beginning of construction for the new 162,000 square foot (15,000 square meters) facility covering 22,000 square feet (2,000 square meters) of ground area in the Sangam Digital Media City site in northwest Seoul.
Named Digital Seoul 1 (ICN10), the new facility from Digital Realty marks a significant move in the Asia Pacific region, enabling the company’s customers to deploy critical infrastructure as the bedrock of their digital transformation journeys. The current pandemic has given rise to an accelerated need for cloud-based services. That demand joins already upwards-moving demand for new technologies like AI and IIoT, which are heavily reliant on powerful cloud and data center services.
The APAC difference
Digital Realty is no stranger to the region, having invested significantly in cutting-edge facilities in Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, and Melbourne. The company’s global presence helps empower companies with a world-reaching vision to connect their operations across the globe in a range of verticals as diverse as communications, social networking, manufacturing, utilities, healthcare, and consumer products.
Korea is the natural choice for this, the next phase in the company’s expansion of its PlatformDIGITAL offerings to the Asia-Pacific. There are now nearly 160 discrete data centers in the country, supporting that country’s world-leading commitment to new and emerging technologies. With 4.81% of GDP spent on R&D, and (to take one example) the highest connection figures for 5G (nearly five million subscribers), Korea’s commitment to emerging technologies like IoT needs core infrastructure.
And it’s here that Digital Realty’s new ICN10 data center’s 12 floors of IT will soon be playing a pivotal role.
The Data Center as core infrastructure
Almost every activity we undertake in our working and private lives now use technology. The adoption of online services means that big data, cloud, and AI applications will only grow in power and speed. Technologies like fully automated smart factories, cloud-powered robotics, pay-as-you-use AI and ML, and more insightful big data processing are no longer the things of science fiction. Business leaders are already taking advantage of data center capabilities to change their markets using these technologies, as well as consolidating the reliability and capabilities of the tech on which we have become massively reliant.
Fast, secure, and always-on connections between organizations and public cloud companies give businesses speed and agility advantages over their rivals. That kind of capability comes from the power players in the DC space, like Digital Realty, who can offer direct cloud connections to even start-up businesses by leveraging its global profile.
One significant advantage that will be available to local and global Digital Realty customers will be that the company is both nimble and sensitive to the need for an agnostic data partner in today’s competitive world. It offers access to services like OpenStack, Innogrid Cloudit, Alibaba, as well as AWS, GC, and Azure — its customers’ data needs are not dictated by any partnerships that Digital Realty are subject to.
Additionally, the DC will also provide co-location facilities with dedicated connectivity to remote sites, private cloud services, local expert staff, and fast deployment times.
The business “wins” for companies and organizations in the APAC with Digital Realty’s Seoul data center will mean the ability to quickly scale the size and extent of any digital business, fast co-location that’s elastic and responsive, and speed and reliability of connectivity that are world-leading.
Facilities are available based on a single cabinet of infrastructure and up, with optional technical support on hand 24/7. Alternatively, users may scale their solutions from a mid-range 300+ kW to very large compute and storage arrays, with even the most substantial arrangements being available in a week or two, rather than months.
Connections to multiple cloud providers based on a “Service Barista” approach give businesses a level playing field on which to choose their providers. Digital Realty will also ensure hybrid topologies remain solidly connected, with data center to data center to cloud connections provided as required.
Internet peering and multi-cloud access help make a suite of products that will open up new markets for users, with the ability to scale and change a given for every one of Digital Realty’s customers. This is the robust framework of infrastructure in the heart of the APAC that will make a difference to the digital worlds of this and the next generations of the region.
To learn more about ICN10 and the Digital Realty offerings, get in touch with a representative near you.
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