Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), a large global supplier of cloud- and carrier-neutral data center, colocation, and interconnection solutions, has opened its first carrier-neutral colocation data center in South Korea. Digital Seoul 1 (ICN10) will act as a gateway to global expansion for Korean businesses looking to extend their digital operations into new markets throughout the world, and vice versa.
ICN10 is a multi-story, 22,000-square-foot structure strategically positioned in the northwest section of Seoul within the Sangam Digital Media City, a newly built urban planning zone inhabited with technology and media enterprises that serves as a hub to boost South Korea’s digital economy.
The new facility, which has 12 Megawatts of critical IT capacity, will increase the availability of PlatformDIGITAL, Digital Realty’s global data center platform for driving the adoption of cloud computing services and solutions in the region, scaling digital businesses, and supporting South Korea’s development as a data hub.
As a carrier-neutral data center facility, ICN10 intends to provide organizations with improved connectivity and direct access to all Korean local exchange carriers. According to Digital Realty, the campus will be a key component in the development of the industry’s largest open fabric of fabrics, allowing enterprises to expand their connectivity ecosystem and gain access to a rich connected data community on PlatformDIGITAL with over 4,000 participants from nearly 50 metros in 25 countries.
NVIDIA-Certified Colocation Provider
As part of the NVIDIA DGX-Ready Data Center initiative, ICN10 is also an NVIDIA-certified colocation provider of choice in South Korea. The new data center is intended to handle NVIDIA’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) workloads, acting as a critical launch pad to assist organizations in accelerating their AI and analytics capabilities.
“South Korea is a leading technology and digital hub in Asia Pacific and is set to be one of the fastest growing data center markets in the region,” said Mark Smith, Managing Director of APAC, Digital Realty. “It was the first country to roll out 5G in April 2019 alongside its Smart Cities initiatives, which has led to a rise of data center deployments in South Korea. The opening of our first data center in South Korea today is set to meet the growing demand from enterprises looking to scale their digital footprint across APAC and beyond, as well as deliver greater connectivity, coverage and capacity.”
According to Arizton, the South Korean data center industry will develop at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.72 percent between 2021 and 2026. The significant rise in data center demand coincides with South Korea’s expansion of its server infrastructure and cloud computing industry, as well as its adoption of AI, big data services, and IoT applications.
“South Korea has consistently been ahead of the curve when it comes to technology adoption in areas such as micropayment transactions, esports and gaming,” added Mr. Smith. “As it continues to stay in the lead for internet-based economic development, we can expect an upward trajectory in the volume of data exchange and corresponding demand for data center services in the country over the next few years. Our entry into the country underscores South Korea’s significance as an emerging data center hub. ICN10 comes at an opportune time to leverage the growth in South Korea’s digital economy and to support the digital aspirations of our customers in South Korea, Asia Pacific and globally.”
Small to Large Colocation Footprints
ICN10 will act as a connection gateway for scale and big corporate applications hosted in Digital Seoul 2 (ICN11), where work is currently beginning to create a digitally connected campus. The Metro Connect system will connect both sites, extending the ICN10 neighborhoods out to the key areas.
“ICN10 will be critical to our go-to market strategy in Seoul and be complementary to ICN11, our hyperscale campus.,” said Jay Weon Khym, Country Manager for Digital Realty Korea. “It will be uniquely equipped to help organizations reinvent IT using a data-centric approach and unlock data gravity, the effect seen when data accumulates in massive amounts. From small to large colocation footprints, to integration with public cloud and cross-connects, organizations will have access to all the elements of the digital ecosystem from one place.”