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  ~ What made you decide to build a data center in the Ishikari Bay New Port Area? ~
kunihiro tanaka

Kunihiro Tanaka
President and Representative Director
  Sakura Internet Inc

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Tanaka founded Sakura Internet in 1996 and began operations in the server rental business. In 1998 he established limited liability company Inforest, which was subsequently dissolved in 2000. In 1999, he founded Sakura Internet Inc. and assumed the post of President and Representative Director. After holding a number of positions in the company, including Chief Operating Officer, he took up his present post in 2008. 
 ■ What made you decide to build a data center in the Ishikari Bay New Port Area?
We see the creation of cost-competitive IT infrastructure offering economies of scale and flexibility as an important part of our vision for the future. We believe the Ishikari Data Center will help us to fulfill this vision. The Ishikari Bay New Port Area has the huge advantage of vast land resources. The Ishikari Data Center has an area roughly the same as the Tokyo Dome, providing enough space to accommodate up to 4,000 racks and 600,000 servers. The land can be expanded as need arises, and prices are low too. The use of cool outside air helps to cut air-conditioning costs. Different buildings are also used instead of one large structure housing lots of servers, which allows construction to meet demand as well as lower initial overheads. More than anything, government employees there and locals worked hard to attract us, which was the decisive factor in our decision to locate the data center in the area. Data centers need special facilities, so local support is important. The support we received made us confident that construction and operations will also go smoothly. That’s why we decided to locate it in the Ishikari Bay New Port Area.
 ■ Do you plan to use more green energy sources?
I think we’ll be able to consider increasing our green energy usage ratio by using natural elements like wind and sunlight. In our case, I hope we’ll be able to use locally generated electricity because we can’t store electricity-power generation should match consumption. This means the best option is to generate electricity at the data center where it will be used, which also helps reduce costs. With optical fibers, data can be transmitted instantaneously over hundreds of kilometers at low cost. Previously, generated electricity was sent all the way to places near consumers where we installed computers. In the Ishikari Bay New Port Area, the power transmission distance is shorter, and even if a data center is located at the place of power generation, data can be transmitted instantaneously over relatively long distances using optical fibers. I think this is a more natural way of doing business.
 ■ What’s your vision for the future of the data center industry?
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The Ishikari Data Center has a number of advantages over data centers abroad, like cost-effectiveness and disaster risk. I think the location of our data center in Ishikari will mark a turning point that will make Japanese data center operators change their ways of thinking and venture into overseas markets. Japanese providers have previously paid higher data center costs than their overseas counterparts. The development of the Ishikari Data Center will ease this financial burden and allow them to compete in terms of service content. Solving the problem of high infrastructure costs will intensify competition in the Japanese content industry, which I think will mark another turning point.
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