Digital Realty has announced the official opening of KIX11, the second facility on its Osaka connected campus. Development of the second Osaka data center was anchored by a multi-megawatt, multi-year agreement with a leading global cloud service provider for state-of-the-art capacity reached in November 2018, shortly following the grand opening of the first Osaka data center in May 2017. The facilities will be connected via dark fiber to subsequent phases of the Digital Osaka connected campus, bringing together critical data center, network, cloud and connectivity providers under a single, secure environment. 

"The completion of KIX11 marks another milestone in the growth of our platform in Japan and an important step towards realizing the enormous potential of our partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation," said A. William Stein, chief executive officer, Digital Realty. "Our Osaka connected campus will provide institutional quality infrastructure solutions at the heart of this thriving economic region for both global and Japanese clients." 

The four-story facility is reinforced with seismic isolation systems, spans over 23,000 square meters, and will deliver up to 28 megawatts of total IT capacity. MC Digital Realty now operates four data centers in Japan — two each in the Tokyo and Osaka metros — and owns strategic land holdings in Osaka that will support the development of up to 55 megawatts of additional IT capacity. Separately, MC Digital Realty recently announced it has closed on the acquisition of a five-acre land parcel in the Tokyo area to develop a new, 36-megawatt data center by 2021.

MC Digital Realty aims to serve the growing number of Japanese enterprises migrating their digital footprint from on-premise facilities to third-party service providers. The 50/50 partnership leverages Digital Realty's expertise in data center design, construction and industry-leading operational track record, along with Mitsubishi Corporation's extensive expertise in the Japanese real estate and IT industries. 

"This is an exciting phase in the growth of the Digital Realty platform in Japan," said Mark Smith, managing director, Asia Pacific for Digital Realty. "Osaka is a thriving financial and colocation center, and a gateway for international exchanges. The expansion of our Osaka connected campus strengthens our global data center platform and enhances our ability to serve rapidly growing customer demand in the region." 

"MC Digital Realty's investment in this state-of-the-art facility reflects our long-term commitment to the Japanese market," added Koichi Takita, chief executive officer, MC Digital Realty. "IT outsourcing is still in the very early stages in Japan, and MC Digital Realty is uniquely well positioned to support the digital ambitions of Japanese enterprise customers as well as global clients seeking world-class data center solutions in the region." 

The new Osaka data center is a carrier-neutral facility with multiple carriers on site, providing open access to the Digital Realty ecosystem. The facility has also adopted Secured by Design principles, offering customers a highly-secure location able to meet the growing demand for secure and reliable infrastructure.

Digital Realty is one of the world's largest owners, developers and operators of highly reliable data center facilities, and recently achieved "five nines" of uptime for the 12thconsecutive year, surpassing 1.45 billion of operating minutes across more than 200 data centers worldwide. Within the Asia Pacific region, Digital Realty operates a network of industry-leading data centers located in Singapore, Hong Kong, Osaka, Tokyo, Melbourne and Sydney.