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Digital Island Launches Hong Kong Data Center

Global network services provider Digital Island Inc. said it has launched Hong Kong's first data center built to distribute business-critical applications to and from Asian markets via fast and secure network services.

Benefiting from the island's rich fiber-optic infrastructure, the Hong Kong Data Center is located at Telecom House in the Wanchai district, the company said. Other Digital Island data centers are located in New York, Silicon Valley, Honolulu and London.

"The new Hong Kong Data Center extends Digital island's application hosting and content distribution service into one of the largest potential markets for e-business," said Ruann F. Ernst, president and CEO of Digital Island. "For instance, IDC Research expects the Asian e-commerce market to more than quadruple over the next three years to surpass $7.5 billion by 2001."

Digital Island's Data Centers are complemented by Local Content Managers (LCMs), which are deployed in nine countries, including Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Australia, to mirror and cache Web sites directly into different markets.

The LCMs give Digital Island's customers improvements in the price and performance of global content distribution and hosting by circumventing costly international circuits for delivery of bandwidth-intensive content, the company said. LCMs are eventually planned for all 19 countries served by Digital Island.

Digital Island said its services include global content distribution and hosting, the localization of end-user online experiences and a global Intelligent Network, all of which are designed to deliver the right content, to the right customer, in the right market, at the right time.