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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.

In terms of green IT, in most of ASEAN, it is still in its infancy due to a lack of cohesive initiatives. Looking again at Indonesia and Thailand, awareness of green technology is still relatively low, with most major international participants opting to wait for the market to mature before adopting cleaner energy sources. With Thailand's lack of infrastructure and quality of service, this has hampered its IT services industry and ability to grow into a greener mindset.

Despite this, countries such as China, Hong Kong and Singapore are becoming increasingly greener in their IT efforts by adopting variety of cleaner energy sources.

In China: Global Data Solutions Limited has announced its plan to build 20 enterprise-grade "Green" data centres in China over the next three years, with a total investment of US$588 million; China Unicom has been testing green technology in select data centres, especially the recently launched ones-these initiatives include those to do with free cooling, maximising the capacity of racks, virtualisation and data centre automation management; and, 21Vianet-in cooperation with KDDI-has built a 47,000 square feet green data centre that is fully fitted with the latest energy-saving technologies such as liquid cooling.

In Hong Kong: Wharf T&T has established a Green 2009 initiative, which includes green technology in data centre operations; CPCNet has been trying out free cooling as part of their broader green initiative; NTT Taipo data centre is being built on a green site-where it has adopted the necessary power saving practices and technologies to keep the PUE of approximately 1.8 as a baseline measurement; and, NWT has adopted green technologies, such as Cold/Hot Aisles Rack Layout and Smart Lighting Systems, in its data centres.

And, in Singapore: all data centres in the country have an emphasis on Green IT and energy conservation; the NTT Communications facility in the country expects to obtain LEED certification as well as the BCA Green Mark; SingTel's KCTC-2 has received Gold rating from the BCA Mark scheme; Equinix is looking to achieve energy savings of up to 30 percent at its SG2 data centre via automatic control of high efficiency fans as dictated by standby operation, room cooling or under floor static pressure; the Government has put in place initiatives to encourage data centres to go green under the national green data centre strategy, including the creation of a Green Data Centre Standard and the an isolated environment to test energy-efficient measures for data centres.


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