AirTrunk opens $5b Tokyo data centreA render of AirTrunk’s Tokyo region facility, when fully developed.

AirTrunk opens $5b Tokyo data centre

Macquarie-backed AirTrunk this week opened its first data centre in the Tokyo region, which, when fully developed at 300 megawatts, will become that country’s largest such facility worth as much as $5 billion.

The scale of data centres is typically measured in terms of their energy requirements, with the launching of the Tokyo region facility following AirTrunk’s unveiling of plans to create a multibillion-dollar data centre campus in Sydney’s west. At 320 MW, the Sydney facility would be the Asia-Pacific’s largest data centre campus outside China.

The new facility at the China prefecture, outside Tokyo, is AirTrunk’s sixth data centre in operation, with two in Sydney already, along with one apiece in Melbourne, Singapore and Hong Kong.

The initial phase of the Japanese data centre can provide more than 60 MW of capacity. Spanning 13.25 hectares, the campus is ready to scale to a total of seven buildings and more than 300MW of total capacity.

Along with the third Sydney data centre flagged earlier this month, the AirTrunk platform will offer more than one gigawatt of capacity, connecting and storing data across the Asia-Pacific region.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time to be bringing online a hyperscale data centre of this size,” AirTrunk founder and chief executive, Robin Khuda, said.

“Large technology companies, as well as enterprises looking to migrate from on-premise to the cloud, can now leverage the scale, security, connectivity and efficiencies of this world-class facility.”

Mr Khuda said the Japanese facility had been four years in the making as AirTrunk first put its foot on land, then locked in anchor tenants and secured high voltage power to the site.

Date centres are big users of both power and water, which is used for cooling. The Tokyo-region facility has been designed for energy efficiency and includes a solar-ready roof, equipped to add 4000 sq m of solar panels able to generate nearly 1 million kWh of power annually.

AirTrunk is also working with renewable energy operators to supply power to the new facility.

The data centre sector has grown rapidly in the past two years, as the pandemic disruption accelerated the shift towards cloud computing. Demand for data storage has risen markedly as the use of streaming services and e-commerce surged.

Earlier this month Microsoft’s plans for a $1.3 billion data centre at Kemps Creek in Sydney’s west went on display, while a month earlier PGIM and Equinix announced a $770 million hyperscale data centre joint venture.

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