China Telecom Americas Unveils Plan to Boost Data Center Capacity and Content Delivery

HERNDON, Va., July 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — China Telecom (CT) is pleased to announce new projects that will expand the company’s data center capacity in Hong Kong, as well as its points of presence (PoP) network across North America.

The Tseung Kwan O data center is currently under construction in Hong Kong. CT will build, operate and manage colocation areas for two of the new buildings, which are due to come on-stream in Q4 2017.

CT has also expanded its Shatin data center in Hong Kong with the addition of one new floor for increased server capacity. It opened to the market in April 2017.

Meanwhile, China Telecom Americas (CTA) has widened its network coverage in North America with three new PoPs: one at Viawest’s Hillsboro, Oregon, data center, another at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group) Facility in Aurora, Illinois, and a third at Cologix’s Montreal, Quebec, facility.

These moves come as 35 percent of enterprises in data-heavy industries are predicted to embrace formal data center organization and governance by 2018, with the digital transformation economy increasingly demanding isolated, lights-out server rooms.

And rapidly maturing, next-generation technology such as cognitive artificial intelligence, machine learning, adaptive security architecture and blockchain ledgers are set to drive further investment in flexible data center and content delivery solutions.

CT’s network expansion will therefore bolster its trans-Pacific proposition to ensure it stays ahead of bandwidth demand by offering customers hosting solutions and direct connectivity to ChinaNet, China’s largest internet backbone, and CN2, China Telecom’s next-generation MPLS network.

“China Telecom is proud to be enhancing its Hong Kong data center portfolio with the expansion of its best-in-class Shatin facility and the addition of a new site at Tseung Kwan O in partnership with Global Switch,” says CTA President Joe Han. “Equally, we look forward to China Telecom Americas’ points of presence in Oregon and Illinois playing a key role in our North American data transmission and end-to-end network services.”

He adds: “Our customers are innovators, who rely on our network solutions to help their businesses grow. China Telecom’s latest investment in Hong Kong data centers and North America points of presence means our customers can expect reliable, low-latency, worldwide connectivity. This will enable them to deploy applications fast and flexibly.”

China Telecom Enlarges Its Data Center Footprint

The announcement of CT’s added capacity in Hong Kong follows a cooperation agreement signed in April by CT, Global Switch, a leading developer of large-scale, carrier- and cloud-neutral data centers around the world, and Daily-Tech, a developer and operator of data center infrastructure throughout China.

The arrangement means CT can tap into Global Switch’s extensive data center capacity outside mainland China. This includes Global Switch’s Tseung Kwan O data center in Hong Kong, which is currently being built. Global Switch owns the five-building site; CT will develop and manage colocation areas for two of the buildings.

With a total building area of 45,000 square meters and power capacity of up to 70 mega-volt amps (MVA), Tseung Kwan O promises a number of advantages, including:

  • Tier 3 status: also providing access to local and international Tier 1 and Tier 2 carriers
  • Cloud and carrier neutrality: giving enterprises a choice of hosting, infrastructure and connectivity services
  • Connectivity to three submarine cables: the Asia-Pacific Gateway, Asia Submarine-cable Express and East Asia Crossing lines will all land in the adjacent Tseung Kwan O cable station
  • Direct links to Hong Kong’s financial hub: easy access to the nearby Hong Kong stock exchange; HKEX colocation facility occupies the same industrial complex
  • Low carbon footprint: targeting LEED Gold and BEAM PLUS Gold ratings for long-term energy efficiency

Strengthening North American PoPs
CTA’s network of PoP servers brings data closer to end users and cuts round-trip time to speed up content delivery and data transmission rates. Three new PoPs will ensure that North American businesses can provide faster, more reliable delivery in China and beyond.

The Hillsboro, Oregon, PoP will feature:

  • 2(N+1) redundancy: ensuring comprehensive back-up power cover
  • Diverse connectivity: extensive Cloud and Carrier Interconnections
  • No city or state taxes: lowering the cost of colocation

The Aurora, Illinois, PoP promises:

  • High-speed access: to major APAC financial centers in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen and beyond.
  • One-stop shop: for low-latency global connectivity

The Montreal data center offers:

  • A robust cloud ecosystem: including private connections that circumvent the public internet
  • Access to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute: giving optimized speed and scalable connectivity

About China Telecom Americas

China Telecom Americas is a wholly-owned US-based subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated communications and information technology services to customers in over 70 countries around the globe. With headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, and offices in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Jose, Toronto and Sao Paolo, China Telecom Americas is advancing transpacific enterprise connectivity through a suite of locally-based, turnkey services from network architecture, cloud and data center services to equipment management, security, content delivery, mobility solutions and more.

Contact Information 

For more information please contact:
Ryan Oklewicz
(703) 787-0088
press@ctamericas.com

China Telecom Named a ‘Champion’ by Frost & Sullivan for APAC Data Centers

WASHINGTON, July 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In the Frost & Sullivan IQ for Asia-Pacific Data Center Services Providers for 2017, China Telecom was one of only four companies operating in the APAC data service centers market to earn a place in the “Champions” quadrant.

The Champions quadrant reflects a strong combination of market share performance and future growth strategies as determined by Frost & Sullivan (F&S) research. The honor recognizes leadership in addressing the fast-growing digital needs of Asia-Pacific markets, which includes high-population areas such as China and India. F&S reported that rising IT complexities brought about by virtualization and consolidation, along with cost constraints, have increased the popularity of third-party data centers within these markets.

According to F&S, colocation services make up the bulk of data services revenue in Asia-Pacific (63 percent), with managed hosting services contributing the rest. Total current market value of these services is estimated at $14.1 billion, and predicted to achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.7 percent from 2015 to 2022, to reach almost $32 billion by 2023.

Cloud Offerings Take Off
More enterprises are choosing to bypass management of their IT infrastructure in favor of cloud deployments such as infrastructure-as-a-service. This has resulted in high growth in cloud offerings among data center providers, including China Telecom. According to F&S, the demand for colocation services is being led by large enterprises and high-regulation verticals such as banking, finance and insurance.

China Telecom has built up an extensive global Internet Data Center (IDC) colocation network that includes 20 Tier-IV and more than 90 Tier-III facilities. As noted by China Telecom Americas President Joe Han, the company’s Hong Kong facility is an ideal option for local enterprises that are considering colocation and have critical requirements around performance, latency, scalability and compliance. “In addition to comprehensive disaster protection and data recovery solutions, our IDCs can offer highly customizable architectures, best-practice cybersecurity and around-the-clock facility monitoring, and dedicated NOC support,” says Han.

CTA: Leader in Data Center Space
The Asia-Pacific data center landscape includes a diverse set of players, spanning telecommunications companies and carriers, data center service providers and managed service providers. Together, the top four vendors accounted for approximately 28.4 percent of Asia-Pacific data center services revenue in 2016. Key competitors categorized under the F&S “Challengers” quadrant included Singtel, KDDI Telehouse, Telstra and Global Switch. Much of this growth in competition is attributed to significant data center build-outs in countries such as Japan, Australia and Singapore.

China Telecom is the largest IDC provider in China with eight regional cloud data centers and two cloud campuses in Inner Mongolia and Guizhou. It operates more 300 data centers across the country, occupying about 400,000 square meters of raised floor space. China Telecom is also a leading player in the data center space outside China, operating self-built data centers and partnering with over a dozen data center providers. In total, CT manages more than 50 international and regional data centers with key locations in the United States, Europe, Moscow, Dubai, Singapore and mainland China. Managed hosting, web hosting and virtual hosting services are available, backed by comprehensive service level agreements as well as support engineering personnel who hold internationally recognized certifications, such as Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts (CCIE) and Cisco Certified Network Professionals (CCNP).

High-Performance Network Connections
This global IDC reach is matched with high-performance, fully diversified network connections that previously supported up to 10Gbps high-speed internet access and low-latency private lines. This has since been boosted to 100Gbps with the recent launch of China Telecom’s “Super TSR” (Transit Silk Road) – an ultra-low latency terrestrial route that offers industry-leading big bandwidth, low-latency connectivity between Asia-Pacific and Europe.

The important issue of environmental protection is also taken into consideration. “As IT infrastructure further consolidates and grows, sustainability will only become of greater concern. Hence the commitment of China Telecom to comprehensive energy efficiency and green operational policies at all of our data centers,” Han notes.

About China Telecom Americas
China Telecom Americas is a wholly owned U.S.-based subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated communications and information technology services to customers in over 70 countries around the globe. With headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, and offices in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Jose, Toronto and Sao Paolo, China Telecom Americas is advancing transpacific enterprise connectivity through a suite of locally based, turnkey services from network architecture, cloud and data center services to equipment management, security, content delivery, mobility solutions and more. Discover more at www.ctamericas.com

China Data Center Trends and Future Outlook

According to a report by market research firm Technavio, the data center market in China is expected to post exponential growth over the next five years, with a CAGR on capex revenue of around 13 percent between 2016 and 2020.

Much of this growth has come from widespread adoption of data centers by government agencies during the last decade, says the report. In addition, major government investment in data center advances, targeted at stimulating the country’s digital economy, is boosting the adoption of cloud services, big data and IoT.

So what are the top data center trends in China, and how are they poised to shape the country’s digital future?

Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)

Data center operators are constantly searching for ways to utilize floor space, electricity and equipment more efficiently. They are being helped in this quest by the latest generation of DCIM tools, which can monitor and manage the operations of both the facility’s support functions – such as air conditioning and PDUs – and its IT equipment, such as servers and network switches.

These DCIM tools can also provide colocation customers with transparency into their data center’s operations, for a single, holistic point of view into the status of their IT infrastructure. As part of its IT Infrastructure Management capability, China Telecom offers various key DCIM services, including 24/7/365 proactive monitoring, operation management and system optimization.

The Converged Data Center

Rather than managing their storage, CPU and virtualization in separate silos, an increasing number of data center service providers are graduating towards a more converged IT infrastructure which can utilize off-the-shelf appliances, all managed by a single software stack. The objective? To reduce overall operational complexity, while increasing flexibility, scaling and efficiency. According to recent figures by 451 Research, 40 percent of organizations are already using this type of architecture to some degree – a number that is likely to rise as more enterprises abandon traditional stand-alone servers in favor of cloud apps and colocation services.

Improved Content Delivery Networks

CDN site acceleration can be a key differentiator for ISPs that want to offer more responsive web hosting services in China. By serving static assets from the network edge, CDNs are also now improving user experience and reliability for a wide range of industry verticals and technologies, including ecommerce, finance, media/publishing, SaaS and mobile apps. China Telecom’s CDN network includes more than 60 CDN cache nodes in mainland China alone, accelerating the delivery of websites, downloads and streaming data.

Demand for faster, more stable broadband connections will only increase in China as companies look to extend their presence and provide better quality and cybersecurity. The hyperconverged CDN data center is likely to be a core enabler, offering advanced support for on-demand streaming, live broadcasts and adaptive streaming media over HTTP. Further down the line, it’s possible that individual mobile devices, communicating via P2P-style networks, will function as CDN “micro” nodes to ease data center workloads.

Hyperscale Data Center Partnerships 

The huge resource needs of applications such as big data, IoT, social networks and IaaS are leading to growing demand for hyperscale data center architectures. These allow users to seamlessly add on-demand computing resources from any location. Another key driver is the need for customers to continue to receive quality and secure data center infrastructure, facilities and services as they expand internationally.

In order to meet these demands, it’s expected that more data center providers will enter into strategic partnerships to provide international customers with large-scale, carrier-and-cloud neutral, multi-tenant data center products. A prime example of this is the recent co-operation framework agreement struck between China Telecom, Daily-Tech and Global Switch.

Although the U.S. still accounts for 45 percent of the world’s major cloud and internet data centers, China leads the world in internet consumption, with 710 million people online, according to a recent report by CNNIC (China’s Internet Network Information Center). As demand for cloud computing and other data services continues to grow in China, advances in data center technology can be expected to play a key role in both the int­­­egration of these technologies with modern manufacturing, and China’s gradual transition to a service economy.