Digital Realty opens first data center in Japan

Digital Realty has inaugurated Digital Osaka 1, its first data center in Japan, which spans 93,000 square feet and provides 7.6 megawatts of IT capacity.

Digital Osaka 1’s robust power architecture enables the company to support the data center and colocation requirements of global cloud providers in Osaka. 

Digital Realty also announced the acquisition of an adjacent land parcel for the development of a Digital Osaka 2 data center.  Upon completion, the Osaka connected campus will support up to 27 megawatts of additional IT capacity. 

“Digital Osaka 1 was fully leased prior to the official opening, a reflection of the strong demand in the Japanese market for Digital Realty’s comprehensive data center solutions,” said Edward Higase, managing director, Asia Pacific for Digital Realty.

“The development of our Osaka connected campus will enable us to further expand our world-class data center platform and support our customers’ rapidly growing demand here and around the world,” said Higase. 

“With the addition of Osaka to our global connected campus network, customers will soon have new opportunities to connect, extend their reach and find new business opportunities across our global data center platform,” said A. William Stein, Digital Realty’s CEO.   

Japan has become one of the most highly sought-after markets for cloud data center locations, according to a Canalys report.

Strict data sovereignty laws and high customer demand are some of the factors pushing cloud service providers to seek data centers in Japan, where personal data is increasingly required to be stored in facilities that are physically located within the country.