12 Jul 2013 11:19
OSAKA, July 9 (Bernama) -- Japan's Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) said Tuesday it will invite a global interconnection company to set up a major international data centre in the middle of the western Japanese commercial city later this year. The OCCI made the announcement with global interconnection and data centre company Equinix which will establish the company's first interconnection hub in western Japan, Xinhua news agency reported. The hub aims to attract more foreign companies and organisations interested in investing in the city and neighbouring cities in western Japan. The new data centre facility will be constructed near the city's business district of Umeda with a total investment of US$12 million for the first phase and will be jointly operated by local information technology companies. Shinji Maruyama, director of OCCI and secretary general of Osaka Business and Investment Centre, said the establishment of the data centre will maximise Osaka's investment value as an ideal data centre option for companies planning outside of Tokyo. Samuel Lee, president of Equinix Asia-Pacific in Hong Kong, said the data centre would increase the city's communication infrastructure standard and help local companies expand their businesses globally. The company has operated a total of 18 data centres in cities in the Asia-Pacific region including Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. --BERNAMA EE