Following hot on the heels of our expansion plan for our fourth International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center in Singapore - SG4, I am thrilled to share some more exciting news. We are entering into a whole new market - South Korea - with a new IBX data center in Seoul, scheduled to open in Q3 2019.
SG4, a new facility scheduled to open in Q4 2019, will provide interconnection and premium data center services to help businesses with their IT transformation and cloud adoption initiatives. It will help support the digital infrastructure of Singapore as the government strives to transform the country into a connected society via a variety of initiatives.
On a personal level, it was my 18th year of service here and I’m proud of how Equinix has contributed to the digital economy, and feel grateful to have played a part in it. Looking back on 2018, in Asia-Pacific, our role in accelerating interconnection to help companies succeed in their digital journeys has propelled us to become one of the top colocation and interconnection providers in the region.
In part one of this two-part series I shared some key takeaways from the recent forum, “Digital Asia: Asia’s Digitally Transforming Economies”, hosted by The Economist Corporate Network in Hong Kong. As discussed in my last post, digital transformation is growing fast around Asia-Pacific, thanks to the explosive growth of the internet, mobile penetration, FinTech and big data. In this blog post I want to highlight some of the things companies need to think about when it comes to responding to the huge opportunity presented by digital transformation in Asia-Pacific. Here a few things to consider:
Whilst natural disasters cannot be avoided, many anticipate that interconnected smart cities will enable citizens to better protect themselves and empower governments to better safeguard private and public assets. Everyone desires a quick recovery.
Everyone is talking about digital transformation, but also looking at it from different perspectives. The forum was special as it allowed for a wider understanding to be developed by embracing and integrating the views of many cross-industry players. Part one of this two-part blog covers four key takeaways that stood out from the discussion at the event.
To succeed as a digital business, companies are adopting private Interconnection at accelerated rates to build an underlying digital-ready infrastructure. The Global Interconnection Index (the GXI) Volume 2, a market study recently published by Equinix, analyzes global Interconnection—the direct and private traffic exchange between businesses.
The report points out that adapting to this new world of digital applications and data-driven insights requires flexible and reliable technology infrastructure. This is the key to realizing the true potential of digital initiatives but this is where most enterprise networks fall short. They’re simply not able to guarantee the required levels of availability, performance or security.
Digital technologies will form the cornerstone of answering this question, but in order to succeed they will need to address issues such as updating legacy infrastructure, guaranteeing data security and improving the ROI on healthcare technology investments. As a result, the digital healthcare systems of the near future call for levels of decentralization, consumerization and personalization that can only be delivered by technology and interconnection.
Our merger with i-STT and Pihana Pacific back in 2002 gave us footholds in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Today, we’re one of the top colocation and interconnection providers in Asia-Pacific, leading the markets in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. We’re also perfectly positioned for growth in a region where the potential remains huge, even after years of economic expansion.