New local headquarters demonstrates AirTrunk’s investment in Japan, as it prepares for the opening of Japan’s largest data centre, AirTrunk TOK1, later this year.
Hyperscale data centre specialist, AirTrunk today announced the official opening of its Japan headquarters in Shibuya, Tokyo. The announcement comes ahead of the opening of AirTrunk’s first hyperscale data centre in Japan, AirTrunk TOK1 in Inzai, set to be the largest in the country by megawatts (MW).
AirTrunk Founder and CEO, Robin Khuda, said that the new office is a critical step in AirTrunk’s expansion in Japan and the broader Asia-Pacific region as it grows its data centre platform to support rapid digital acceleration.
“Today marks a major milestone in the AirTrunk story as we officially open our new corporate office in Japan to accommodate our fast-growing Japan business now and into the future. Our new Japan headquarters in Tokyo demonstrates our commitment to growing in this strategic market as we continue to expand our data centre platform and investment in Japan,” added Khuda.
“In the next five years, cloud adoption in Japan is expected to grow by ~12% CAGR*, accelerated by COVID-19 and driven by the rapid enterprise migration from on-premise and traditional data centres to the cloud. Hundreds of megawatts* of enterprise data will need to be migrated to the cloud, enabled by critical digital infrastructure including hyperscale data centres like AirTrunk TOK1,” he added.
Located close to AirTrunk’s technology customers, the state-of-the-art Tokyo headquarters will be a central point of collaboration and innovation for the AirTrunk team who work across a broad range of disciplines, including corporate, design, engineering, project management, construction, EHS and operations.
AirTrunk’s Head of Japan, Nori Matsushita, is responsible for leading the company’s rapid growth in Japan.
“A year ago, we announced our plans to build the largest data centre in Japan, TOK1 in Inzai. Over this time, we have continued to build our local team of hyperscale data centre experts who have made huge progress in preparation for the data centre launch later this year. Our team in Japan are working closely with the broader regional team to deliver scalable, fast, flexible and reliable data centre solutions for customers,” said Matsushita.
The new office in Shibuya has been designed in line with AirTrunk’s six other offices across Asia Pacific but showcases some unique local elements.
“Our Tokyo headquarters are designed to support AirTrunk’s dynamic culture. The office includes collaborative working spaces with an open kitchen, café seating, lounges and breakout areas including a pool table. And importantly, there is a strong focus on sustainability as we minimise waste, water, and energy usage,” added Matsushita.
Earlier this month, the office was blessed by a priest in a OHARAI purification ceremony to ensure it is ready for the AirTrunk team to move in. Whilst the office is now officially open, in line with government advice regarding COVID-19, the majority of the team will continue to work remotely and transition into the office when it is safe to do so.
Development is well underway at the company’s first hyperscale data centre in Japan, designed for large cloud service providers, technology companies and large enterprise customers. Set to open in late 2021, TOK1 will be the largest and most efficient data centre in Japan when complete at over 300+ MW of IT load and an industry-low power usage effectiveness of 1.15, delivering significant energy efficiency.
AirTrunk has experienced rapid success since 2017 as it pioneered hyperscale data centres in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore in response to strong demand from global technology companies. TOK1 will be the newest addition to AirTrunk’s growing hyperscale data centre platform, which includes five other facilities in Sydney West (130+ MW), Sydney North (110+ MW), Melbourne (130+ MW), Singapore (60+ MW) and Hong Kong (20+ MW).
A photo gallery of the office and ceremony can be found at www.airtrunk.com/airtrunk-opens-japan-headquarters-photo-gallery/
Source: Fuji Chimera Research Institute, AirTrunk proprietary market report, May 2021
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