Canadian-based colocation, managed services and cloud provider CentriLogic announced on Tuesday that it will open a new data center in Hong Kong, expanding the company’s international footprint, and enabling CentriLogic to deliver its services both to local customers and to international customers looking to expand into the region.
CentriLogic says the new data center will establish the company’s presence in the Asia-Pacific region, with Hong Kong representing one of the region’s fastest-growing markets. Expanding into APAC (frequently via Hong Kong) is becoming a more common move for North American and European data center, managed hosting and cloud providers. Within the last few weeks, Savvis announced that it had expanded the range of services it offers in China to include virtual hosting.
For CentriLogic, The Hong Kong data center follows a recent move toward international expansion by a company that had until recently been pretty regional in its operations.
The company operates data centers in Toronto, Canada (as well as the Toronto suburb of Mississauga), along with New York State data centers in Rochester and Buffalo, all of them within about 100 miles of each other. CentriLogic opened its downtown Toronto data center in early 2012, across the street from the well known 151 Front Street West telco hotel.
In September, CentriLogic expanded into Europe with the launch of a new data center in Bracknell, UK. Together with the UK facility, the new Hong Kong data center will bring the company’s total data center footprint to six facilities in four countries. In the press release announcing the new facility, CentriLogic says it has further expansion to announce early in 2013.
CentriLogic says the expansion into Asia-Pacific was necessary to support the expanding international IT needs of its existing enterprise customers in North America and Europe. With low latency to its data centers in both North America and Europe, CentriLogic says the new data center will serve as an effective disaster recovery location.
“Many of our North American and European customers are expanding their global operations into the Asia-Pacific area and will require CentriLogic to continue supporting their worldwide IT infrastructure” says Robert Offley, CentriLogic’s president and CEO, quoted in the press release. “Our investment in Hong Kong will serve as a gateway for direct access to the many growing businesses and opportunities present throughout the rest of Hong Kong, Greater China, and the remaining APAC territories, while also supporting the immediate needs of our existing customer base.”
CentriLogic says the data center will be built to a “Tier III+” design, with N+1 redundancy in all aspects of its infrastructure, and will employ “state-of-the-art green technologies.” It will be connected to a tier 1 global IP backbone.
Talk back: Have you heard a demand from your customers in North America or Europe for resources on the ground in Asian markets? Have you expanded, or are you looking to expand, your geographic footprint to include Asia Pacific. What challenges have you encountered in expanding internationally?