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

Andrew Parnell andrew at parnell.ca
Fri Jul 24 15:50:08 CDT 2009


We recently moved out of Hutchinson (HGC), which was a pretty poor
experience overall.  We moved to a fairly new NTT site, which is miles away
from anywhere (Tai Po).  The experience there has been pretty much the exact
opposite.  They tend to be quite anal about policy and procedure, which can
be a tad annoying, but overall I'll take that over the previously abysmal
experience :)

On Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 4:30 PM, Chris McDonald <copraphage at gmail.com>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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