September 11, 2018

Telecom giant NTT Communications to double data center prowess

The expansion seeks to serve deployers of hybrid cloud that combine co-location and multi-cloud strategies to manage their workloads.

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Telecom giant NTT’s (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone) SBU NTT Communications will be doubling their data center prowess in Osaka, Japan to serve enterprises deploying the hybrid cloud. With this expansion, NTT will be focusing on network environment, disaster tolerance and equipment compliance to provide data center services.

NTT say that the dependency on data centers in the Southeast Asian market is increasing ever since enterprises in the region have adopted cloud products and on-premise IT architectures. Keeping this trend in mind, NTT claim that enterprises strike a fine balance by deploying their workloads on the cloud as well as on-premise.

By launching two data centers in Osaka, NTT believe that they will be meeting the demand for more hybrid hubs in the Southeast Asian market. They say that in order to cater to market needs, NTT will be laying emphasis on network environments, disaster tolerance and equipment compliance.

Speaking about the expansion, Kenichiro Iida, Senior Vice President and Head of Cloud Services at NTT Communications, commented:

In response to the strong demand for massive data from cloud-service providers and other hyper-scale customers in the greater Osaka area, despite having launched our Osaka 5 Data Center in 2016 we have decided to build two new datacenters to further satisfy customers’ needs.

Data demands among hyper-scale companies are already robust, but we foresee even more data needs for hybrid cloud services that combine colocation and multi-clouds.

The telecom giant says that their two data centers, Osaka 6 and Osaka 7 will expand NTT’s data capacity by 2.2-fold. They explained that the Osaka 6 hub will be launched with 460 sq.meters of server space and eventually expand to 1,370 sq.meters with 400 racks, whereas Osaka 7 with 3800 sq.meters of initial server space will grow till 9500 sq.meters with 4200 racks.

Industry experts claim that NTT’s expansion is likely to spur the competition in the Southeast Asian data center market, especially after players like China Mobile and Huawei partnered to boost data center and cloud services in the region. It will be interesting to witness the turn of events after Osaka 6 and Osaka 7 finish completion.

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