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Japan’s KVH launches two new data centres in Singapore and HK

Zafar Anjum | April 18, 2013
With an investment of about US$100 million, broadens Cloud platform capabilities across 10 sites in Asia and Europe

Japan's KVH has launched two new data centres in Singapore and Hong Kong in April this year targeting enterprises. The company is investing about US$100 million in both the data centres.

The data centre company is broadening its presence in Asia Pacific with the expansion of an information delivery platform business as well as extending the KVH Cloud Services (infrastructure-as-a-service) platform to reach 10 sites across Asia and Europe in partnership with Colt Technology Services, the company's CEO Ted Higase said at a media briefing in Singapore today.

KVH and Colt Technology Services are both Fidelity Investment owned companies.  KVH operates the lowest latency network in Japan, and with over 450 financial services customers. It has about 550 employees in Japan and the region and about 90 employees in Bangalore, India.   

In Singapore, KVH is investing US$60 million over five years in phase 1. The company is in talks with the Singapore government for growing its own physical assets in the country, Higase said.

Higase said their data centres and services are targeted at information-intensive companies that give value to low latency such as the financial sector, insurance, gaming, and media. About 50 percent of the company's current revenues come from the financial vertical.

Higase said the company's goal is to double revenues and grow outside Japan business to 25 percent in five years. Currently, its Japan business comprises 90 percent of the revenues.

He said that Singapore is KVH's gateway into Southeast Asia. Maybe by the end of this year, KVH will build low latency networks between Singapore and Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Manila.

New data centres

With capacities of 1MW each, KVH Singapore Data Center 1 (SGDC1) and KVH Hong Kong Data Center 1 (HKDC1) will be KVH's eighth and ninth data centres currently available in Asia Pacific, said Higase. 

As an extension of KVH's information delivery platform, these Tier 3+ facilities will each offer a full range of colocation, managed IT, and cloud services, as well as connectivity to KVH's highly reliable pan-Asian ultra-low latency network spanning 11 financial centres.

Currently, both the data centres are housed in rented facilities.

While KVH SGDC1 is a purpose-built data centre offering retail colocation and managed IT services in close proximity to Singapore's central financial district, KVH HKDC1 is strategically located adjacent to Hong Kong Exchange (HKEx), said Kenji Hioki, COO, KVH.

"KVH is making significant investments to expand our businesses outside Japan and into the Asia Pacific region," said Hioki. "We plan to invest over US$100 million in Singapore and Hong Kong for data centres and service infrastructure over the next five years." 

These new service offerings will enable customers to remotely deploy and manage compute, storage, and network resources located in dedicated Colt and KVH data centre facilities in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland, from any location, with any device.


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