This, the second part of an interview gave mis-asia.com recently, sees a discussion of the present and expected future states of data centres across Asia.
Based on your meeting with clients so far, what would you say about their readiness to counter the problems they are already facing or headed their way?
Current prominent challenges heading in the direction of our customers include the energy dilemma, carbon tax and green data centre initiatives, to name a few.
According to a report by management consulting firm McKinsey & Company and the Uptime Institute, the average data centre consumes the same amount of energy as 25,000 households. To provide added scale to the challenge, data centres in general may surpass the airline industry as a top greenhouse gas polluter by 2020. Evidently, the global business community is struggling with adjusting business operations while ensuring continual availability of core applications. This energy dilemma is rapidly forcing IT and facility managers to look for innovative ways to be 'green' and cut costs.
Secondly, there is the challenge of carbon tax. Data centres that don't plan for this inevitable occurrence could get hit with millions of dollars in additional operating costs each year. Carbon tax laws are increasingly being considered in ASEAN, and laws could be passed sooner than people think. To accommodate the change, IT managers need to consider green data centre alternatives-whether that requires a new data centre build-out, or switching to renewable energy sources which enhance efficiency and keep operating costs manageable.
Green data centre initiatives are also increasingly putting pressure on companies to change their current data centre operations. For example, in Singapore we are seeing the bar being raised on data centre quality through initiatives that encourage construction of green and modular data centres. They are also announcing plans for next-generation broadband services, which will give Singapore's data centres a sustainable edge in the short term. However, not all ASEAN companies are this advanced and they need advice on facing such issues.
Schneider Electric believes that proper education is the key to driving business awareness, and the understanding and adoption of green IT, particularly as it relates to energy use. A key way that organisations can overcome these challenges is to deploy platforms such as our StruxureWare for data centres, to manage their IT problems.
StruxureWare's offerings empower data centre managers with access to all of the data and tools they need to operate data centres that are more reliable, efficient, productive, safe and green.
Schneider Electric's StruxureWare is a management software suite designed to address all aspects of the data centre physical infrastructure needed to maximise availability and efficiency. StruxureWare provides data gathering, monitoring and automation, and planning and implementation functionalities enabling an integrated and multifaceted view of all the mission critical physical systems of the data centre.
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