In late August 2012, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) unveiled the latest edition of its Infocomm Technology Roadmap (ITR) to chart technology trends that will figure strongly in three to five years.
Computerworld Singapore is taking the opportunity to set the ITR as the foundation layer for its year-ahead feature. Heavyweights in the enterprise IT space are talking about their perspectives on the Roadmap; the industry developments and customer demands that they foresee happening in the specific themes that these technology giants operate in.
In the third part of a regular feature, APC by Schneider Electric is talking about its 2013 product and services roadmap, industry developments, customer demands and case study scenarios. The spokesperson is Benedict Soh, IT Business VP - Schneider Electric Singapore.
Cloud computing will continue to be one of the leading technology trends in 2013. The Infocomm Development Authority's (IDA) Cloud Computing in Singapore report highlighted that Singapore continues to be the leader in ASEAN in terms of cloud adoption and maturity, with 76 percent of companies in Singapore already using cloud computing. In addition, a recent Microsoft study states that cloud computing is expected to create over 12,000 new cloud-related jobs in Singapore by 2015. In 2013, the amount of enterprise data migrating to cloud-hosted database systems is slated to increase. With the strong push of the cloud, there are several developments that we foresee happening in the new year:
• Increased volumes of cloud computing to tax power and cooling infrastructure
As the engine behind cloud computing, virtualisation can have significant effects on the data centre physical infrastructure (DCPI) as businesses increasingly take advantage of cloud computing. In particular, increased volumes of cloud computing will create high power density that can severely tax the power and cooling infrastructure of a data centre. This will in turn compromise the centre's effectiveness, efficiency and reliability; and ultimately undermine the broad benefits of virtualisation and cloud computing. After virtualisation, the data centre's power usage effectiveness (PUE) is likely to worsen. This is despite the fact that the initial physical server consolidation results in lower overall energy use. If the power and cooling infrastructure is not right-sized to the new lower overall load, physical infrastructure efficiency measured in terms of PUE will degrade.
• Increasing numbers of servers will cause mounting data centre complexity
The strong industry demand for cloud computing will inevitably lead to a corresponding increase in server demands. IDC has projected that there will be more than 2.5 billion users connecting to the Internet over the next five years. And Intel has estimated that this will require eight times the amount of storage capacity, 16 times the network capacity, and more than 20 times the current compute capacity by 2015. The increase in server numbers also signifies the mounting complexity within data centres and new challenges in managing servers.
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