Recommendations for Hong Kong datacenter, and a sanity check for my geopolitical conclusions ?

Tom Sands tsands at rackspace.com
Tue Jul 28 07:30:45 CDT 2009


Equinix and Mega-iAdvantage are both good choices.  Equinix is just 
standing up their peering exchange in HK, so this is something they have 
over Mega-I, and both can offer connectivity to HKIX.

Outside of the locations above, our HK presence is also a floor in a 
PCCW facility, which has been good so far.  I'm also not a sales person, 
but we could offer the capability you are looking for, though we aren't 
colo if you ever needed physical access to your equipment.



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Chris McDonald wrote:
> Making every effort to not pimp my employer (pccw), I would say that
> the Equinix in HK is good and they have a decent equinix direct
> product (one bill to pay).  If you're looking more for a "managed
> colo", pccw owns powerbase which does that sort of thing.  HKCOLO is
> good but space is hard to come by.
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> On 7/24/09, George Sanders <gosand1982 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>
>> I will be expanding a small network infrastructure service (read: DNS and
>> mail ... a few 1u and 2u servers) to Hong Kong next year.
>>
>> We don't have any particular customer base in Hong Kong - rather, we have
>> customers all over southeast asia and would like to serve them better, as
>> well as attract more SE Asia customers.
>>
>> I chose Hong Kong for the following reasons:
>>
>> - South Korea is alternately happy with / upset with Japan, and I don't want
>> to deal with that
>>
>> - Japan is is alternately happy with / upset with South Korea, and I don't
>> want to deal with that
>>
>> - Mainland China is out of the question, for obvious reasons
>>
>> - The smaller (Thailand, Vietnamese, Phillipines, etc.) countries all have
>> their own particular issues (recent coup in Thailand, etc.)
>>
>> So the choice came down to Hong Kong or Singapore, and I chose Hong Kong
>> because it seems easier to "just get things done" there.  I realize that in
>> the long term there is a greater risk of social paradigm shift in Hong Kong
>> because of mainland China, but in the short run it seems that Hong Kong is
>> more "functional" than Singapore.
>>
>> Any comments on the above thought process ?
>>
>>
>> The obvious follow-up is, which datacenter ?
>>
>> I need a full service center that will give me rackspace and let me just
>> plug ethernet into their switch.  I am not interested in brokering my own
>> connectivity, nor am I interested in running my own routers.  I want to pay
>> one bill to one organization and get one cable.  The end.
>>
>> I think there are further considerations though ... I read details of one
>> very modern, very sexy datacenter housed in a skyscraper, but my research
>> showed me that this building has been built on land reclaimed from the sea,
>> and there is reasonable concern that the sand underpinnings could liquify,
>> to a degree, in a seismic event.  I'd also like to be more than a few feet
>> above sea level.  Honestly, as sexy as it would be to be in a slick tower
>> right on the bay in Central Hong Kong, I would much rather find some
>> nondescript, one story building, miles from the coast and a few hundred feet
>> above sea level.
>>
>> What recommendations might someone have ?
>>
>> Thank you very much for any comments or suggestions you may have.
>>
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