All roads lead to Hong Kong, at least the digital ones do. HK’s strategic location on the mainland’s doorstep combined with its business-friendly regime make it the idea place for a data centre hosting business.
So argues DediPower, a UK provider of managed hosting and data centre services, which has just launched a managed hosting operation in HK to service the Asian region.
With China, Japan and India currently opening up to US and European businesses such as financial institutions, e-commerce and internet service providers, HK is seen as the stepping stone to the Asian hosting market. .
Craig Martin, CEO, DediPower Managed Hosting, said:
We see Asia as the next big market for dedicated managed hosting. It represents a hotbed of technical innovation and commercial activity that will springboard a new wave of growth; both from indigenous business and from those seeking to gain entry to this lucrative market.”
Among the advantages he cites for choosing HK are the region’s “neutrality”, its motivated and multilingual workforce, and a flexible regulatory framework.
Research firm Tier1 Research predicts that Asia’s complex hosting market will be worth over $1bn by 20011, growing from around 3% to 7% of the global market.