While political tensions between China and Japan are as high as has been the case in many years, with China becoming alarmingly aggressive over the Senkaku islands, business between the two countries has been negatively affected. However, despite the rhetoric coming out of Beijing- in the main over claims of Chinese suffering during World War Two conflicts – the reality is that the two countries still need each other economically more than ever.
Case in point is the Fujitsu South China Data Center in Guangdong, where the largest investor (aside from Fujitsu itself) is the Nanhai People’s Government of Foshan. With a gross area of 12,200 square meters and the use of earthquake resistant steel and concrete, the data center has one subterranean floor and four above-ground levels and can house 1,000 racks in full operation. While not the largest in China (Range Technology, together with IBM is due to open the largest data center in the world by 2016 in Langfang- 6.3 million feet), the Fujitsu South China Data Center is seen as a model of efficiency in providing high performance mainframes, servers, server clusters, storage systems, storage software.
Here at Large Orange, we know only too well how data centers are globally inter-dependent by their very nature and know no national boundaries. Critical business data assets are shared between the major corporations in both Japan and China, with each having their areas of expertise to host what is the world’s fastest data driven market- South East Asia. While the politicians bicker, these relationships continue to flourish and some analysts argue that they are so strong that it makes any military solution a definite lose-lose for both countries.