Strengthens Growing Presence in Top-Tier Global Data Center Market
SAN FRANCISCO, March 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Realty (NYSE:DLR, news, filings), a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced today that MC Digital Realty, a 50/50 joint venture between Mitsubishi Corporation and Digital Realty, has reached an agreement to acquire a five-acre land parcel in Tokyo. The site is located at the center of the Inzai data center cluster, one of highest-density areas in Japan with well-established utility and connectivity infrastructure, and home to leading global cloud providers and financial institutions. Demolition of the existing structure on the site will begin immediately after closing and data center development is expected to commence in 2020, subject to planning approvals. The initial facility is expected to deliver up to 35.6 megawatts of total IT capacity.
"We are pleased to be procuring land through MC Digital Realty to power our customers' digital ambitions in Japan, with state-of-the-art future capacity in Tokyo, a longtime target market and one of the top financial and technology hubs in the Asia Pacific region," said Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein. "Public cloud growth, surging demand for data center solutions and a mature technology infrastructure market make Japan a highly attractive market poised for rapid growth over the next several years. This milestone will enable us to continue executing upon our mission of providing our customers the trusted foundation for the digital world."
Mark Smith, Digital Realty Managing Director, Asia Pacific, added, "Tokyo is one of the most important data center markets in the world. This transaction will provide us with a solid foundation for our next phase of growth in Japan, enabling us to continue to support years of customer expansion, while broadening our positive impact on the local economy."
In the Asia Pacific region, Digital Realty operates a network of industry-leading data centers located in Singapore, Hong Kong, Osaka, Melbourne and Sydney. The Tokyo land parcel acquisition builds upon Digital Realty's investment in and commitment to Japan. MC Digital Realty provides clients in Japan a secure, globally connected and efficiently run platform for hosting their digital assets, combining the technical and Japanese pedigree of Mitsubishi Corporation with Digital Realty's global data center leadership and expertise. The Tokyo land parcel acquisition is expected to close later this year and is subject to customary closing conditions.
About Digital Realty
Digital Realty supports the data center, colocation and interconnection strategies of more than 2,300 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Digital Realty's clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from cloud and information technology services, communications and social networking to financial services, manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and consumer products. www.digitalrealty.com
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