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Digital Realty lays foundation to Private AI with second data centre in NRT Campus

Digital Realty lays foundation to Private AI with second data centre in NRT Campus

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Combined 73MW critical IT load at NRT campus to support Digital Transformation, meet demand for scalable digital infrastructure and seamless access to connected data communities in Japan.

Digital Realty, one of the largest global providers of cloud- and carrier-neutral data centre, colocation and interconnection solutions, has announced the launch of NRT12, its second data centre at the NRT campus in Inzai City, Chiba Prefecture.

NRT12 adds 34MW of critical IT capacity to the campus, bringing the total to 73MW to meet the growing demand for scalable, flexible and AI-ready data centres in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

The dual trends of accelerating Digital Transformation and the use of AI are driving exponential data volume growth in Japan. As a result, companies are rethinking their IT architectures, taking a data-centric, hybrid IT approach to support complex data flows. This is in turn driving demand for flexible and scalable modern data centres, equipped to support the High-Power Computing (HPC) requirements of new technologies such as AI/Generative AI, close to major city hubs like Tokyo where many company headquarters and their users are located.

To address those needs, Digital Realty is expanding capacity in the strategically located NRT campus through MC Digital Realty (MCDR), its 50/50 joint venture in Japan with Mitsubishi Corporation. NRT12 features the same robust and flexible infrastructure as other data centres recently developed by MCDR in Japan – such as the nearby NRT10 in Inzai and KIX13 in Osaka – and is specifically designed to support demanding workloads such as AI/Generative AI, Machine Learning (ML) and Virtual Reality (VR).

NRT12 is designed to offer high-density power of up to 70kW per rack, innovative Air-Assisted Liquid Cooling (AALC) technologies, low-latency networks and high-speed connectivity that enable it to meet the demands of HPC, ML, VR and Augmented Reality (AR) as well as AI/Generative AI workloads.

Additionally, the NRT campus offers Campus Connect, an interconnection service that allows customers to utilise infrastructure across multiple data centres on the campus as a single unit, facilitating efficient data exchange for AI and Digital Transformation initiatives. The data centres’ modular design also allows for dynamic scaling of server environments to accommodate growing AI deployments.

Ubiquitous, seamless interconnection is crucial for facilitating data exchange, the lifeblood of the digital economy. NRT12 is part of PlatformDIGITAL, Digital Realty’s open, neutral global data centre platform that provides the meeting place for customers to connect, fostering collaboration and accelerating Digital Transformation. This access to a dense connected data community comprising 1,200 network services, 1,100 cloud and IT services, and data centres across the globe facilitates secure, low-latency connections and high-speed data transfer to the businesses that matter most, enabling customers to get the most out of their high-density colocation deployments.

NRT12 is also a ServiceFabric site, enabling customers to centrally manage complex workflows and orchestrate their hybrid IT infrastructure and AI workloads from a single point. ServiceFabric™ has over 75 partners offering more than 130 services, including 225+ cloud on-ramps, on its directory. Spanning over 110 cloud regions globally, this open ecosystem provides diverse solutions within PlatformDIGITAL, empowering customers to access a vast network of cloud, IT, Private AI and network services for their Digital Transformation journey.

“The launch of NRT12 marks a significant milestone for Digital Realty in Japan,” said Serene Nah, Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific, Digital Realty. “This new data centre, designed to world-class specifications, expands our capacity and strengthens our commitment to supporting the growing demand for AI-powered and scalable digital infrastructure in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Coupled with connectivity to PlatformDigital and ServiceFabric, NRT12 significantly strengthens our offerings to our customers and partners globally.”

Chris Han, Chief Operating Officer of MC Digital Realty, added: “With its robust features and strategic location, NRT12 provides an ideal platform for businesses to accelerate their Digital Transformation journeys and unlock the full potential of cutting-edge technologies like AI and hybrid IT. We are confident that NRT12, alongside our existing data centre, NRT10, and the broader PlatformDIGITAL ecosystem, will empower businesses to thrive in the ever-evolving digital landscape.”

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