Fujitsu's cloud settles over latest Singapore data centre

Equinix-hosted facility occupies zone completely free of floods and earthquakes since 1978

Fujitsu has opened a new data centre location in Western Singapore to feed the appetite for cloud services in Asia.

Operators have flicked the power switch already and cloud services are available as of now.

As distinct divisions, Fujitsu and Fujitsu Asia now operate three data centres in Singapore. The Fujitsu Group already operates more than 100 data centers in Japan and around the world.

So that’s enough cloud for anybody, for now, isn’t it?

The new data hub is in a flood and earthquake-free zone inside a wider facility operated by Equinix, an American firm specialising in carrier-neutral data centres, internet exchanges and interconnection hubs.

Fujitsu says it will now work to provide additional value-add service features, including connectivity functions to the cloud environments of other vendors.

As part of this development, there is intent to enable inter-database connectivity to the cloud services of other major companies, too.

“From this data centre, Fujitsu will provide SaaS, PaaS and other hybrid services for integrated operation[s]. [Also here,] interconnectivity between data centres enables disaster-response service availability. In the future, Fujitsu plans to offer new services for the integrated management of organically linked clouds,” said the company in a press statement.

The low level of natural disaster-related risk and its position as an international network hub with reliable broadband networks means Singapore is attractive for many firms.

This environmental stability notwithstanding, locals in downtown Singapore are still said to gather in the noodle bars to talk about the great monsoon flood of 1978.

The company says it now expects to expand its cloud-service platform beyond its current data centres in Singapore and Thailand to the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Equinix is also investing heavily on Singapore and building more data centre facility space this year.

Demand for data on the 277 square miles of the island comes from the country’s famous financial vertical, as well as from network operators and dedicated cloud specialists.

Fujitsu is not alone in this area of the Far East. Rackspace opened its Asian headquarters and data centre in Hong Kong back in 2008. Acer has a massive operation in the Taiwanese town of Lung-Tan and VMware has been particularly active in Japan through partners. ®

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