ESR Group, one of APAC’s largest real asset managers has started construction of its first 19.2MW data centre, ESR Cosmosquare OS1, at Nanko Kita, Osaka, Japan.
ESR Cosmosquare, a 96 MW hyperscale DC campus, will be developed over three phases (OS1, OS2 & OS3) and is located within 10km of the major internet and telecom exchanges in Osaka central business district (CBD).
The OS1 site will be completed in July 2024 and is designed for cloud service providers, data centre operators and enterprises that are already providing services in Osaka CBD and for those that wish to bring new services into central Osaka, an ESR spokesperson said.
Listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange Main Board, ESR has over US$140 billion in total assets under management (AUM) and has facilities across key APAC markets, including China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, India, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia.
The data centre market in Japan, which encompasses facilities, hosting, outsourcing, and managed services, was valued at US$10.7 billion (S$15 billion) in the fiscal year 2021.
With the growing importance of information technology operations and solutions, the market is projected to increase steadily in the coming years and reach a value of US$15.2 billion by fiscal year 20271, the ESR spokesperson said.
Jeffrey Shen and Stuart Gibson, ESR Co-founders and Co-CEOs remarked, “We are tremendously excited to break ground on our first Osaka data centre development, creating a campus-style asset with expansion capability in a prime location of a high growth market. This development is an important milestone in ESR’s strategic data centre initiative to develop data centres across key markets in APAC.”
Japan’s booming demand for cloud service solutions is driven by its manufacturing, automotive, and financial services sectors as well as healthcare and government services, they said.
The accelerating migration of IT workloads from on-premise to cloud data centres in the world’s third-largest economy is enabling companies and government agencies to seize the opportunity to innovate and achieve higher resource utilization, resiliency, security and energy efficiency, they added.
Diarmid Massey, CEO of ESR Data Centres said ESR Cosmosquare OS1, once completed, will target LEED NC v4 "Gold" certification.
The building has been designed with an efficient cooling system to reduce energy use and minimie the need for chillers. The modern design has been developed to reduce energy while ensuring high reliability and flexibility for our customers, he added.
“Central Osaka has growing demand for modern, energy efficient digital infrastructure. The ESR Cosmosquare campus delivers state-of-the-art data centre capacity, scalability and flexibility to support hyperscalers and colocation operators and the Japanese government’s accelerating digitisation transformation initiative,” Massey said.