KVH pushes beyond Japan

Source: KVH

KVH Co. Ltd., Asia's leading information delivery platform headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, today announced it is broadening its presence in Asia Pacific with the expansion of an information delivery platform business through the launch of two new data centers in Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as extending the KVH Cloud Services (infrastructure-as-a-service) platform to reach 10 sites throughout Asia and Europe in partnership with Colt Technology Services.

This expansion is aimed at addressing the increasing demand in Japan and Asia Pacific for data centers and public IaaS services due to business globalization. With the addition of the new data centers and launch of the IaaS platform, KVH will be able to provide integrated IT infrastructure offerings that comprise of advanced data center services, managed IT services and network and communication services in Asia Pacific.

Two New Data Centers in Singapore and Hong Kong
Available immediately, KVH Singapore Data Center 1 (SGDC1) and KVH Hong Kong Data Center 1 (HKDC1) will be the eighth and ninth data centers KVH currently offers in Asia Pacific. As an extension of KVH's information delivery platform, these Tier 3+ facilities will each offer a full range of colocation, managed IT, and cloud services, as well as connectivity to KVH's highly reliable pan-Asian ultra low latency network spanning 11 financial centers.

KVH SGDC1 is a purpose-built data center offering retail colocation and managed IT services and is in close proximity to Singapore's central financial district. The facility is ISMS and ISO-compliant and offers true power redundancy to ensure the highest levels of security and reliability for international enterprises. KVH HKDC1, provided in partnership with HKColo, is a data center offering colocation and managed IT services and is strategically located adjacent to Hong Kong Exchange (HKEx) to provide financial services customers with optimal HKEx proximity hosting and colocation solutions. Building on KVH's strengths in serving financial customers, KVH HKDC1 will address the needs of leading edge low latency electronic trading strategies, including those of the high-frequency trading (HFT) industry, as well as offer robust data center and colocation services for enterprises seeking a presence in Hong Kong. KVH SGDC1 and KVH HKDC1 will support up to 1MW of power each.

Broadening of KVH Cloud Services Ploud Services Platform
In collaboration with Colt, KVH is announcing the introduction of a 10-site cloud services platform across Asia and Europe to support Asian businesses expanding throughout Asia Pacific and into the European market. These new service offerings will enable customers to remotely deploy and manage compute, storage, and network resources located in dedicated Colt and KVH data center facilities in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland, from any location, with any device.

The service platform will support public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions and provides users with an easy to use interface with role-based privileges that gives the CIO appropriate control over access and costs. By allowing IT managers to locate business applications in closer proximity to end users, this new services platform improves the speed and performance of the user experience and enables businesses to comply with individual country data sovereignty requirements. Irrespective of location, customers will have a single SLA across all services with consistent pricing in a single currency. These services will be available from June 1st in most of these markets, and across all 10 sites by the end of 2013.

To support international customers, KVH will provide 24 x 7 bilingual Service Desk support in English and Japanese for all data center services, and multilingual support for KVH Cloud Services according to customer needs.

Kenji Hioki, Chief Operating Officer of KVH remarked, "KVH is making significant investments to expand our businesses outside Japan and into the Asia Pacific region. We plan to invest over USD 100 million in Singapore and Hong Kong for data centers and service infrastructure over the next 5 years. With our combined expertise in providing data center and network solutions, we offer customers intelligent capacity that truly meets their business needs."

KVH President and Chief Executive Officer, Ted Higase, said, "This announcement further solidifies KVH as Asia's premier information delivery platform. We are excited to be launching these two new data centers and 10-city cloud service to support Asia-based businesses seeking regional or international growth. Through our close partnership with Colt, KVH is now able to provide our customers a suite of enterprise-grade compute and storage services and the ability to manage those services anywhere in Asia and Europe."

Simon Walsh, EVP, Colt, says "The expanding Asian markets are increasingly attractive for our European customers looking for growth opportunities outside of the euro zone. But this expansion creates a challenge for the CIO who needs to provide remote users with fast and reliable access to business-critical systems while at the same time complying with individual country data sovereignty requirements. This needs to be addressed without the significant CAPEX budget required to build infrastructure locally, or the time to seek out trusted providers in Asia. Together Colt and KVH can now meet customer demand for scalable services in Asia backed up with support in local languages, a single SLA and flexible commercials. Customers can be confident that IT can keep pace with the speed of business transformation but also pave the way for future growth."

KVH and Colt are both Fidelity Investment owned companies. They offer enterprise customers a similar service portfolio and utilize common underlying technology. By working together, KVH and Colt can provide the same high quality and performance across Asia and into Europe based upon KVH and Colt fiber networks and data centers. 

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