"I live in Australia and in Australia we see a similar thing but the penetration of virtualisation in Australia is deeper than here in Singapore. And we are seeing the Australian market adopt modern data protection, think about using virtualisation more fully for their data protection strategies and as we look at our history to go forward and as we see the penetration of virtualisation here in Singapore, I think the IDA gets it. I'm going to see the tools and methodologies all soon."
"Certainly in my experience when you look at Australia and New Zealand and Asia Pacific more broadly as being the most fertilised economy in the world, the virtualisation penetration there is somewhere in the region of 75 percent to 80 percent," he says. "So that still gives us about 25 percent not virtualised in those market places and here in Singapore it's going to be markedly less than that and then less again in the region. Singapore and Hong Kong are certainly ahead of the other countries in the region but I think there is still a good way to go in terms of virtualisation penetration here."
I ask him if Malaysia is really "The 2013 Disaster Recovery Site of Choice"? How true is that claim?
"It's interesting to see the positioning of Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia because they have all put up their hand to say, "We are the data centre country in the region. We are the data centre hub"," he says. "I mean certainly from a geographic perspective, Malaysia, like Singapore, is not subject to natural disasters in the way that New Zealand is or California is. It does have more available land mass. It's still catching up to Singapore from other infrastructural elements on networking and that sort of stuff.
"So I think there will be an interesting competition through this year between those three economies in terms of who really it is. I think what is interesting and it has bottled up a few things in the elections in Malaysia over the last couple of months, the investment that Singapore is making with the IDA and those other government initiatives really I think of putting Singapore somewhat ahead basically.
"Yes I think the work that is going on in Malaysia, the investment that we have seen in data centres in Malaysia; you see data centres in Malaysia that our partners are using as disaster recovery hubs for the whole region.... So I think Malaysia and Singapore are less conservative about data sovereignty and therefore can extend their reach more broadly across the region and pull sensitive data potentially to them as well. So we are seeing that across Malaysia and it's interesting."
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