Pacnet has officially opened its new data center in Tianjin, China (TJCS1) to address growing demand for data center and managed services in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. The new facility provides Software-defined Networking (SDN) capability to give full network control to its customers to self-provision bandwidth on demand based on their business needs. 

The facility is strategically located in the Gaocun Science & Technology Innovation Park of the Tianjin Wuqing District in China. Developed by Pacnet’s equity joint venture in China, Pacnet Business Solutions (PBS), and the Tianjin Wuqing government, TJCS1 is capable of hosting 2,000 racks. The opening of this Tianjin facility is instrumental in helping to establish Wuqing’s Gaocun Science & Technology Innovation Park as a leading technology hub in Northern China. Its launch parallels the objectives of recent government plans to integrate the Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei provinces into a single megalopolis, promoting China’s economic restructuring and its consumption-driven and sustainable growth. 

“We are excited to launch one of our largest data center facilities in the rapidly developing city of Tianjin. The facility further reaffirms our capabilities in meeting data center needs of both domestic enterprises, and multinational corporations in the world’s fastest-growing economy,” said Carl Grivner, chief executive officer of Pacnet. “Today’s opening of TJCS1 also positions Pacnet as an innovator in the data center industry in China, enabling the delivery of SDN solution in China.” 

According to Gartner, China’s data center capacity will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.3 percent through 2016. During this same time, IDC also estimates the total China internet data center services market to reach a value of US$3.9 billion in 2017, up from US1.7 billion in 2012, implying a CAGR of 25%. 

“The launch of the TJCS1 data center facility is a key joint initiative by Pacnet and the Tianjin Wuqing Government supporting the development of the Tianjin Wuqing District into a leading technology hub in Northern China,” said Zhang Yong, Secretary of Wuqing District Committee of the CPC, at the launch ceremony. “To date, the District has attracted over US$1.9 billion in investment capital and is home to over 1,400 enterprises.” 

TJCS1 is connected to the Beijing data center of China International Data System (CIDS) via Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN), an industry-first service platform that leverages SDN to deliver flexible and scalable bandwidth configurable by customers. Pacnet sets a benchmark in the data center industry by enabling customers locating in both facilities to flexibly allocate and scale bandwidth between the data centers based on their specific business requirements. 

“Through this strategic collaboration, we can leverage TJCS1’s strategic location, innovative SDN capabilities and world-class power, security, environmental and connectivity features to enable our customers to dynamically provision and scale bandwidth between our Beijing and Tianjin data center locations,” remarked Zhang Nianlu, CEO of China International Data System Co., Ltd. “We are also well-equipped to provide high-quality and professional outsourcing services to government agencies, financial institutions, aviation companies, power utility organizations, multinational companies and large-scale manufacturers.” 

The Tier III, 226,000-sq-ft facility provides customers with world-class colocation, connectivity and managed services backed by 24×7 expert, multilingual customer service and on-site remote hands support. Additionally, TJCS1 boasts N+1 and 2N redundant power and state-of-the-art security, environmental and fire controls. Customers locating in TJCS1 also obtain direct access to major domestic exchanges, Points of Presence (PoPs) and diverse carrier networks within China. 

Pacnet’s data centers span across key cities in China including Tianjin, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Beijing, and Shanghai.