Equinix has opened its second xScale data centre in Tokyoꟷdubbed TY12xꟷ as it geared up for the anticipated growing demand for cloud services in the Japanese capital. The new facility will serve core workload deployment needs of hyperscale companies, including the world's largest cloud service providers.
Located in the Inzai region sitting next to TY12x, the new facility provides 8MW in the first phase and will provide a total capacity of 36MW at full built. It is the 12th xScale data centre opened in Equinix’s global portfolio of hyperscale joint ventures that, when closed and fully built out, are expected to scale to more than US$8 billion of investment across 36 facilities worldwide with more than 720 megawatts (MW) of power capacity.
Besides the TY12x and TY13x facilities in Tokyo, other Equinix xScale data centres include OS2x in Osaka, SY9x in Sydney, DB5x in Dublin, FR9x and FR11x in Frankfurt, PA8x and PA9x in Paris, LD11x and LD13x in London, and SP5x in São Paulo. All these facilities provide nearly 175 MW of operational xScale capacity, with an additional 9 xScale builds under development representing over 80 MW of incremental capacity to be delivered through 2024.
“The opening of TY13x will meet the unique technical and operational requirements of hyperscalers as they support businesses in the world’s third largest economy in transforming to meet the opportunities of an interconnected, digital-first economy,” said Kuniko Ogawa, managing director, Japan, Equinix. “The expanded cloud connectivity on Platform Equinix will also allow businesses to connect quickly and securely to any cloud service provider of their choice.”
Equinix operates 11 Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres in Tokyo, providing reliable interconnection between hyperscale customers, enterprises, as well as strategic network access to international and major local internet exchanges, including JPIX, JPNAP, BBIX and Equinix Internet Exchange. Hyperscale customers in TY13x will have the ability to connect with these ecosystems via their selected Network Providers.
Strong Japanese market
According to the Global Interconnection Index 2023, a market study announced by Equinix, Tokyo continues to lead the Asia-Pacific region in terms of the growth of interconnection bandwidth. Interconnection bandwidth in Tokyo is projected to reach 1,758 terabytes per second (Tbps) by 2025 with approximately 40% expected to come from cloud and network service providers.
In Japan, Equinix has leased approximately 20MW of capacity across the TY12x and OS2x facilities with a strong funnel of opportunities.
“Business awareness of digital transformation and data-driven business in Japan is growing. The growing use of public cloud services is accounting for a larger share of IT spending, and an increasing number of companies are making more efficient use of these services,” said Satoshi Matsumoto, software and services research director at IDC Japan.
“Therefore, we believe the demand for hyperscale data center services will continue to surge as cloud service providers need to expand their capacity to serve the rising cloud deployments of their end customers."
IDC forecasts the Public Cloud Services market in Japan will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.8% from 2021 to 2026, and that the market size in 2026 will reach 4,279.5 billion yen, about 2.6 times that of 2021.
The opening of TY13x is timely to support the world’s largest cloud service providers in delivering solutions and services that support businesses and the economy in Japan. As hyperscale companies scale their operations at Equinix, the more than 10,000 customers deployed on its platform will benefit from increased opportunities to directly connect to the largest cloud service providers.