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Pacnet boosts capacity in Japan

Veronica C. Silva | Aug. 2, 2011
Lessons learnt from recent Japan earthquake are making companies beef up their connectivity

Businesses in Japan are beefing up their disaster recovery capabilities and this has prompted Pacnet to increase the capacity of its network.

The recent earthquake in Japan has taught domestic companies to enhance their disaster recovery and business continuity and this lesson has resulted in a domestic demand for increased capacity.

In response, Pacnet, an independent telecommunications service provider in Asia, said it has increased the capacity of its network between its Osaka point of presence (PoP) and its cable landing station (CLS) in Shima. Pacnet added two 10G waves in the network to meet local demand.

"Following the Japan earthquakes in March, many businesses in the Kanto region are currently under pressure to enhance their business continuity plans. Coupled with the limited power supply situation there, more are now looking towards moving their data centres to western Japan as part of their BCDR [business continuity and disaster recovery] plans," said Wilfred Kwan, chief technology officer, Pacnet.

Business demand

"Our latest network enhancements are able to support this growing demand for hosting and connectivity in western Japan, which is now a strategic part of many Japanese businesses' BCDR  plans," added Kwan.

Through the Shima land station, Pacnet has provided its Japan customers the capability to re-route traffic out of Japan to Asia. This option is a shorter route compared to the earlier set-up where the traffic had to go through terrestrial Japan first before it goes out to Asia. The shorter route reduces network latency, which is better for latency-sensitive applications, Pacnet said. The re-route option also allows Pacnet customers to be more resilient in their connectivity.

"These latest initiatives are part of Pacnet's continued investments into Japan, which is a strategic location for our operations," said Hirofumi Tadokoro, chief executive officer, Pacnet Japan. Earlier this year, Pacnet added a new PoP in Osaka to meet the growing demand for IP-based network services in western and central Japan, as well as to enhance the resiliency of its operations in Japan by offering dual PoPs in Osaka.


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