Plans are underway to deliver ‘fibered’ state-of-the-art data centers within Pacnet’s Cable Landing Facilities in major business markets around the region
HONG KONG, 23 February 2010 – In a strategic move to meet growing market demands for data center co-location, managed hosting and value-added services in Asia Pacific, Pacnet today announced plans to convert its Cable Landing facilities across key markets in the region into Data Landing Stations (DLS).
“Over the past few years, we have seen exponential growth in the demand for data center hosting services and customized applications,” said Bill Barney, Chief Executive Officer, Pacnet. “Yet, the cost of power, real estate, maintenance and connectivity makes it challenging for existing players to upgrade and new players to enter into the data center space. Pacnet’s cable landing facilities across Asia are equipped with massive power, space and capacity, therefore, it is a natural step for us to move forward in building DLS facilities to support immediate demands in the marketplace.”
“The data center services sector is expected to continue to see promising demand over the next couple of years. Data center operators however struggle with the high cost of operations which have increased exponentially in recent times,” said Jayesh Easwaramony, Research Director, Frost & Sullivan, “Power costs can often account for more than 50 percent of the overall operational expenditure (OPEX) of a data center, while real estate pricing could also seriously inflate costs.”
According to a recent report by Frost & Sullivan, the data center co-location and managed hosting services market in Asia Pacific has been going strong for almost a decade, growing in tandem with the rise in business and Internet subscribers… and an Internet-savvy population that demands rich content, collaboration and web applications.”
“To meet the growing market requirements, Pacnet is in a unique position to leverage our own cable landing facilities towards building a network of Terabit data transport and hosting centers next to our subsea fiber infrastructure which will enable us to offer the fastest data and content transmission available in the region,” Mr Barney added.
Ownership of the cable landing facilities also gives Pacnet full operational and design control in customizing all solutions in accordance with customer requirements plus the ability to deploy services into the market at record-speed.
The conversion of its cable landing facilities into DLS facilities will enable Pacnet to further expand its existing portfolio of co-location and managed service applications and support secure high-speed transport of large content for enterprises and content delivery networks.
The company owns and operates cable landing stations in key markets across Asia including Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines. Current plan is to launch three DLS facilities in 2010 and additional sites in 2011 — locations and details for Phase One will be announced in the coming weeks.
Named “Company of the Year for Excellence in Growth” by Frost & Sullivan in 2009 and “Best Wholesale Carrier” at the Telecom Asia Awards 2009, Pacnet is Asia’s leading independent telecommunications service provider, formed from the operational merger of Asia Netcom and Pacific Internet. Pacnet owns and operates EAC-C2C, the region’s largest privately-owned submarine cable network at 36,800 km, with a design capacity of 10.24 Tbps. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of industry leading IP-based solutions for carriers, large enterprises and SMEs. Pacnet is headquartered in Hong Kong and Singapore, with offices in all key markets in Asia and North America. For more information, please visit: www.pacnet.com.
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