Digital Realty has just announced the official opening of its first data center in South Korea, considered the first carrier-neutral facility in the country.

Codenamed Digital Seoul 1 (ICN10), the data center was first announced in 2020 with a groundbreaking ceremony and was expected to open in Q4 2021.

“South Korea is a leading technology and digital hub in Asia Pacific and is set to be one of the fastest growing data center markets in the region. It was the first country to roll out 5G in April 2019 alongside its Smart Cities initiatives, which has led to a rise of data center deployments in South Korea,” said Mark Smith, Managing Director of APAC, Digital Realty.

“The opening of our first data center in South Korea today is set to meet the growing demand from enterprises looking to scale their digital footprint across APAC and beyond, as well as deliver greater connectivity, coverage and capacity.” 

Located in the northwest region of Seoul within the Sangam Digital Media City, ICN10 is a multi-story facility that spans about 22,000 square feet with 12MW of critical IT capacity. The new facility further represents an expansion of Digital Realty’s global data center platform PlatformDIGITAL®, and expected to drive the adoption of cloud computing services and solutions in the region.

“ICN10 will be critical to our go-to market strategy in Seoul and be complementary to ICN11, our hyperscale campus,” said Jay Weon Khym, Country Manager for Digital Realty Korea.

“It will be uniquely equipped to help organizations reinvent IT using a data-centric approach and unlock data gravity, the effect seen when data accumulates in massive amounts. From small to large colocation footprints, to integration with public cloud and cross-connects, organizations will have access to all the elements of the digital ecosystem from one place.”

Already, Digital Realty has announced the development of a new 64MW data center facility in Seoul Digital Seoul 2 (ICN11), sited about 23km from Digital Seoul 1 (ICN10).

As announced, ICN10 will serve as the connectivity gateway for scale and large enterprise applications hosted in Digital Seoul 2 (ICN11), forming a virtually-connected campus.