Connectivity provider Pacnet signed an agreement with the Tianjin Wuqing government on Wednesday (December 5, 2012) to jointly develop a data centre in the north of China. The facility, to be located in Tianjin Wuqing Business District in Tianjin, China, is expected to cost around RMB450 million (US$72 million) to build and its construction is scheduled to start in early 2013. When operational sometime in early 2014 it will be "capable of hosting 2,000 racks...one of Pacnet's largest data centres...[and] Pacnet's fifth data centre in China," said Pacnet executives in a statement to the press.
PBS-Pacnet Business Solutions (China)-is Pacnet's equity joint venture in China, and is the entity through which the network services vendor will be working with the Tianjin Wuqing government to build and operate the new facility.
Executives from both parties in the agreement point to the rising domestic and foreign demand they see for data center and managed services as a primary reason for their partnership.
"We are delighted to partner with Pacnet to deliver advanced data centre capabilities in the Tianjin Wuqing Business District to meet the increasing demand for these services by the growing numbers of enterprises that are setting up here," said Zhang Yong, Secretary of Wuqing District Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
Another main reason, cited by Pacnet CEO Carl Grivner, was the development of "Tianjin Wuqing Business District into a leading IT hub in North China."
Xie Zhigang, Director of Cloud Research Center at China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, expressed his belief that, given Pacnet's international expertise in the business, the new facility should "be constructed and operated to meet international standards for sustainability and efficiency" and that it will "support the latest efforts by the [MIIT] to promote the development of green data centres in China."
This latest deal, according to Pacnet executives, "builds on strategic initiatives that Pacnet recently announced, including a sharpened focus on expanding its China network and range of services." At present the company "operates over 300,000 sq ft of data centre space across 24 data centres in the region that are interconnected by Pacnet's high speed network."
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