Equinix Data Centres in Hong Kong
HK is an abbreviation for Hong Kong, the former British colony and current special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China. It is a leading global center for international business and finance and one of the world’s most carrier-dense network hubs. Equinix operates data centers in Hong Kong that connect customers into this rich industry ecosystem with a wide range of networks and IT service providers, providing a scalable platform for business growth.
During a visit to the Hong Kong Data Centre in 2016, Equinix CMO Jason Wong met with several data and IT leaders to understand their challenges and how Equinix could help them address them through advanced colocation services. The meeting highlighted the need to provide a more flexible data center solution that is capable of supporting the dynamic business needs of the digital economy. As such, Equinix has introduced a range of new services that are designed to meet these demands.
Equinix HK offers a highly secure environment for hosting mission-critical applications and data. This includes colocation services that allow customers to easily access and interconnect to their preferred IT service providers within the same facility, reducing data transfer costs and providing an improved user experience. This is particularly important for companies utilizing cloud, big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) services that require significant computing power to process large amounts of data. Our HK data centers are located in one of the most carrier-dense network hubs in Asia, making it easy for businesses to reach their key partners and stakeholders.
As the Hong Kong data centre market continues to grow, more and more companies are choosing Equinix to expand their presence in this critical business hub. Our customers benefit from a choice of connectivity options, which include direct connection to the leading regional Internet exchange in Hong Kong and the largest carrier-dense global IT and network service providers. These connections enable our customers to access their customers, suppliers and partners across multiple markets.
Hong Kong is home to a world-class infrastructure that makes it an ideal location for data storage and processing, including high-performance data centres and global carriers. In addition, the city’s regulatory environment is known for being one of the most robust in Asia. The Hong Kong Data Protection Law is very stringent, and companies relying on the storage or processing of personal information should be aware of the laws’ strict requirements before starting operations.
In addition, data users must expressly inform a data subject on or before collecting his or her personal data about the purposes for which it will be used, and of the classes of persons to whom the information may be transferred. This requirement applies even when personal data is collected for a purpose other than the original one for which it was collected.
While modernisation of Hong Kong’s data protection framework is mooted, businesses should take note of the existing provisions and ensure they comply with them. They should also be familiar with their obligations when outsourcing work to third parties. This includes understanding how their contractors and agents can handle personal data and ensuring that they are able to comply with the PDPO.