Digital Realty Trust, the world's largest builder and wholesale provider of data centres, expects to trigger a wave of upgrades in the local data-centre market when it opens Hong Kong's first Tier III-certified facility in Tseung Kwan O in November.
Kris Kumar, senior vice-president and regional head for Asia-Pacific at Digital Realty, said yesterday that getting an official rating from the Uptime Institute, which created the industry classification for secure and reliable data-centre design, "would be more and more prevalent in the next two to three years".
"The reason is simple: information-technology infrastructure has become a life-support system for companies. It's no longer just a nice-to-have," Kumar said.
A data centre is a secure, temperature-controlled facility equipped to house large-capacity server computers and data-storage systems.
San Francisco-based Digital Realty will open the first phase of its Hong Kong data-centre project, which is a joint venture with information-technology services provider Savvis, on a 15,236 square metre site in Tseung Kwan O. Total investment in the facility would reach US$160 million.
Tan Teng Cheong, Savvis' country manager for Hong Kong and Singapore, said data-centre providers were increasingly bound to more stringent service-level agreements by customers, especially those from the financial services industry.
Kumar added that no facility in Hong Kong had received the elite Tier IV certification. NTT Communications, however, claimed that its new HK$3 billion data centre possessed a Tier IV rating.