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Pacnet opens new data centre in Hong Kong

Veronica C. Silva | March 28, 2012
HK government continues to promote HK as an ideal site for data centres.

Communications provider Pacnet has recently opened its newest data centre in Hong Kong, apparently encouraged by the way the Hong Kong government is promoting the economy as the location of choice for data centres in the region.

The company is positioning its new data centre, dubbed as Hong Kong CloudSpace2 (HKCS2), to be highly reliable with stable power supply, which are some of the features that make data centres attractive to the enterprise users. These are the same features that the Hong Kong government is highlighting when it is promoting Hong Kong as a "locale of choice" for data centres.

The two-storey facility is located at Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate and features a high-power density, delivering up to 10kVA of power per cabinet to meet the most demanding equipment requirements.

"Hong Kong's high level of international network connectivity, reliable power supply and low risk to natural disasters are key factors that have contributed to our decision to invest in building HKCS2, our latest, state-of-the-art CloudSpace data centre, here," said Bill Barney, chief executive officer, Pacnet. "Hong Kong, which now hosts four of our data centres, is also a strategic location within our network of connected data centres across Asia as it is centrally positioned in the region and highly connected through our EAC-C2C subsea cable network, making our facilities here an essential part of any businesses needing a robust, Asia-wide data centre infrastructure."

Regional hub

The Hong Kong government said it is committed to promoting Hong Kong as the business and technology hub in the region and ideal for data centres that serve regional enterprises.

"We are glad that Pacnet has chosen Hong Kong as part of its data centre expansion plan. This reaffirms our status as the prime location for data centes in the region. Companies can leverage our unique geographical position and competitive edge to advance their businesses in Asia Pacific. We will continue to facilitate the setting up of data centres here in Hong Kong," said Daniel Lai, government chief information officer, Hong Kong.

HKCS2 is located near the HKCS1 data centre and built within the site of one of Pacnet's wholly-owned cable landing stations. Pacnet said its CloudSpace data centres have direct access to Pacnet's EAC-C2C subsea cable network, and this allows high-capacity, low-latency international connectivity which are critical for many of today's business applications.

The Pacnet data centres also feature high reliability because the Pacnet EAC-C2C subsea cable network connects into Hong Kong via six diverse paths for redundancy.  Pacnet said its CloudSpace data centres are premier Tier III data centre facilities built to ensure the uninterrupted performance of mission-critical equipment. "These facilities will exceed the high-power, high-performance and high-efficiency requirements of content-driven organisations and multi-site organisations," Pacnet said.

With the launch of HKCS2, Pacnet now operates 22 data centres across the region, four of which are CloudSpace facilities.


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