Microsoft is about to agree a deal to establish a significant data centre in the Korean port city of Busan, reports the Korea Herald. CEO Satya Nadella will visit Korea today for initial meetings with Trade, Industry and Energy Minister Yoon Sang-jick, and other government officials.
It is reported that the centre will be constructed by the end of 2014 at the LG CNS Busan Global Cloud Data Centre, which, at 1,776,000 square feet, represents Korea’s first significant foray into global cloud computing.
The office of President Cheong Wa Dae announced that the new data centre will result in Microsoft investing $5.2bn in Korea, though this is presumably via additional infrastructure and secondary investment that will be ambient to the proposed data centre.
A government official in Korea is quoted as saying “There will be jobs open for computer and software engineers once the center is established.”
With a population of over three and a half million people, Busan is the second-largest city in South Korea after Seoul. The Busan Global Cloud Data Center itself is earthquake-resistant up to 8 on the richter scale, well above the highest water levels and vaunts a 40,000kw power capacity, redundant power facilities, hybrid cooling systems and extensive solar panel energy generation.
In July Microsoft deepened its Asian interests by bolstering private network connectivity to Azure services in Equinix data centres in Singapore and Hong Kong, and recently announced the availability of the Hadoop-as-a-service offering Azure HDInsight to the Chinese market.
The Korea Herald reports, not without enthusiasm, that Microsoft’s initial investment of 470bn won in the first five years after the establishment of the new data centre will lead to ‘trillions’ more in investment, and a data centre that will ‘cover the entire Asian region’ – presumably referring to nationwide availability rather than acreage.