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Digital Realty buys up Seoul land for 64MW data centre

Company is still building its first facility in the South Korean capital, but local demand has forced the operator to expand further in the city at speed.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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July 29, 2021 | 5:25 PM BST

Digital Realty buys up Seoul land for 64MW data centre

Digital Realty’s proposed new ICN11 Data Center in Seoul. Source: DLR

Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) has acquired a land parcel in Seoul, South Korea expected to support the development of up to 64 megawatts of critical IT capacity. 

The parcel is located at Gurae-dong, Gimpo City in northwest Seoul, approximately 23 kilometres from Digital Seoul 1 (ICN10), Digital Realty’s first facility in South Korea, which is currently under construction and scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2021. 

The new, multi-story facility, Digital Seoul 2 (ICN11), is expected to encompass 970,000 square feet and to be fully operational and offer more opportunities for domestic and international companies to expand their digital capabilities across South Korea by the first half of 2023.

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Digital Realty chief executive officer A. William Stein, said: “South Korea is one of the world’s largest economies and represents a significant opportunity to extend coverage, capacity and connectivity options for the world’s leading enterprise customers and service providers. 

“Our continued investment in the country supports the delivery of carrier-neutral solutions to enable the digital transformation strategies of local and global customers in the region.”

The company said the campus will form “a key building block in the development of the industry’s largest open fabric of fabrics”, providing access to the connected data community on PlatformDIGITAL with over 4,000 participants in 47 metros across 24 countries.

Digital Realty’s Data Gravity Index DGx projects that Forbes global 2000 enterprises will be adding storage at a combined rate of more than 620 terabytes per second for data aggregation and exchange across 53 metros by 2024, with Asia Pacific expected to generate the fastest growth across all regions. 

Seoul, in particular, is expected to realize significant growth in the volume of enterprise data exchange, led by its banking and financial services sector. 

Mark Smith, Managing Director APAC for Digital Realty, said: “South Korea is one of the fastest-growing data centre markets in the region, driven by leading global service providers as well as local over-the-top and gaming companies. 

“South Korea is a leading player on the global digital stage, and we expect the country’s new ‘Digital Deal’ investments in 5G, big data and artificial intelligence to drive greater demand for highly connected centres of data exchange.” 

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