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Asia's Data Centres, Moving Forward

F.Y. Teng | July 5, 2012
This, the second part of an interview T.S. Khoo, Vice President ASEAN, IT Business of Schneider Electric gave recently, sees a discussion of the present and expected future states of data centres across Asia.

The StruxureWare technology also provides users with multiple options to create and share a variety of management dashboards. These range from very detailed, domain specific dashboards for electrical power and cooling to higher level perspectives relevant to overall data centre and single site energy management. Additionally, the dashboards offer multi-site options to support comparisons and corporate energy governance activities.

How have the current needs of your different clients changed the way Schneider is approaching the development and delivery of its solutions and services now?
Increasingly, our clients are after more energy efficient, adaptable data centre offerings. Since Schneider Electric's inception, it's been our goal to provide these solutions, while being environmentally conscious.

In line with our business-wise and future-driven product offerings, we are also noticing that organisations are increasingly understanding that IT is an integral supportive part of their business. IT decisions are strategic business decisions that can have an impact on a company's budget via an energy-efficient infrastructure and the prevention of costly downtime; performance, via the preservation of business essential uptime; and growth, via the ability to make informed decisions about the capacity to roll out additional IT equipment.

Companies are also gradually seeking a data centre infrastructure that can adapt easily and quickly to ever-changing IT; business growth and its corresponding IT requirements; and dynamic business strategies, such as the move to virtualisation.

Schneider Electric's innovative data centre physical infrastructure provides full-visibility management, which in turn lowers operating costs. The integrated architecture delivers true data centre agility, achieves cost-saving energy and operational efficiency via the following technologies. StruxureWare for data centres, which enables customers to make informed decisions about their physical infrastructure. Data centre Life Cycle Services-including energy management services, professional services from planning, building/retrolifting, and operations help-ensure the highest system availability and efficiency.

Right now, how high do you think this region's enterprises rate against their counterparts in the US or the rest of the world when it comes to being able to tackle the myriad issues of running a global business?
ASEAN comprises an eclectic mix of very established, thriving enterprises and less stable organisations due to infrastructure issues.

In ASEAN, our data centre market is developing, so the issues with running a global enterprise still occur, particularly in countries such as Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia, where availability and scalability are significant challenges. The US is far more established than the majority of ASEAN. Not only do enterprises in the US have stable power sources and an unfailing infrastructure to grow and expand, they also have the knowledge, experience and capabilities to deal with growth and power issues as and when they arise.

Despite these region-specific challenges, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia provide strong mid- to long-term potential. More established Asian cities such as Singapore and Hong Kong offer a support for their surrounding neighbours, while ASEAN's developing countries' growing economies, and the region's large scale populations, actively sustain and fuel development.


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