Published On: Sat, Mar 9th, 2013

KVH Strengthens Data Center Footprint in Japan

Ted Higase, President and CEO  KVH

Ted Higase, President and CEO KVH

KVH Co. Ltd., Asia’s leading information delivery platform headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, announced March 7 it will be increasing its data center capacity in Osaka to meet increasing demand among Osaka/Kansai-based enterprises, Tokyo-based enterprises, and international multinational enterprises seeking data center services in the Osaka area.

On April 1, 2013, KVH will be opening KVH Osaka Data Center 2 (ODC2), a high-specification Tier 3+ facility with carrier neutral network access in Osaka City. The initial phase of KVH ODC2 will support up to 500 kVA or approximately 200 racks, with ultimate capacity up to 1MVA of power and approximately 400 racks. KVH ODC2 will have direct fiber connectivity to KVH’s four other data centers in Tokyo and Osaka, which will further facilitate customer interconnections. KVH will also offer its IT Managed Services in the new data center, providing customers with a range of shared and private cloud capabilities as well as custom managed services.

Japan continues to experience high demand for data center services, with the data center outsourcing market in Japan growing at a 8.6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) and expected to reach 1.4 trillion yen (US$20 billion) by 2015, according to International Research Corporation (IDC), In addition, the data center colocation market in Japan will reach 742 billion yen (US$9.2 billion) by 2015.

The key benefits to customers using KVH ODC2 will include:
– Optimal Primary Data Center Space for Osaka/Kansai-based Businesses: Robust facility located in Osaka city for ultimate convenience, offering KVH’s full range of data center, network, and managed IT services
– Reliable Secondary Site for Tokyo-based Businesses: High performance facility available for enterprises seeking geographic diversity
– Highly Secure Facility: Multi-layer physical security with biometric authentication system and mantraps on each floor
– Strong Ecological Performance: Leading-edge data center that uses natural energy, including free cooling, outdoor air cooling and solar energy systems with a PUE (power usage effectiveness) level of 1.4
– Ideal Business Continuity Planning (BCP) Site: Fully equipped with disaster countermeasures, including advanced seismic isolation

Kenji Hioki, Chief Operating Officer of KVH remarked, “Osaka is a strategic market for KVH as it is the second largest business market in Japan and serves as a gateway to Asia and the world. We believe our expanded presence in Japan will give our customers greater access to the opportunities presented by the Japanese market.”

KVH ODC2 is KVH’s fifth data center in Japan. KVH has an existing data center, KVH ODC1, in Osaka that opened in 2001 and is currently full. This expansion leads to a total computing area of approximately 12,000 m² that KVH now offers nationwide. The added data center space is an extension of KVH’s information delivery platform, which comprises of data center services offered in combination with low latency network services and flexible managed IT and cloud services to deliver customized and integrated IT solutions for enterprises.

“This announcement of our latest data center in Osaka is a further statement in our commitment to the Japan market. Japan will continue to be a significant aspect of our pan-Asian strategy as KVH grows across Asia Pacific. We expect to add data center capabilities in strategic markets across Asia Pacific to further support our customers in operating successfully in the region, ,” added Ted Higase, President and Chief Executive Officer of KVH.

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