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The Future of Data Centres

F.Y. Teng | July 4, 2012
T.S. Khoo of Schneider Electric about the challenges facing information executives running sizable infrastructures in Asia.

Another key challenge for the data centre market, specifically in Singapore and Hong Kong, is low availability and high cost of real estate. While grappling with the pressures of increasing demand due to massive data growth, enterprises also need to place a serious emphasis on optimising their current floor space in data centre facilities in these land-scarce cities. To address this, enterprises can look at adopting modular or standalone data centres in new or existing projects to minimise space wastage.

Looking at Malaysia, challenges in this country are diminishing, with data centre opportunities on the rise. Unlike Singapore and Hong Kong, Malaysia has certain unique advantages over the other data centre markets in the region, in particular lower land costs and central location in Southeast Asia. However, lack of adequately trained IT managers remains a challenge.

In developing countries such as India and Thailand, low availability and reliability of power and connectivity options are making it challenging for captive data centres to ensure high up-time. This in turn drives many MNCs and large enterprises to opt for co-location services to bring in efficiencies and keep costs low. Similarly, despite not having a strong ICT infrastructure in place, Indonesia also poses challenges in maintaining data centres. Growth of the Indonesian data centre services market remains very slow, due to poor infrastructure and lack of ICT initiatives by the government.

The Philippines are considered as followers in the data centre market due to slower development as compared with the rest of Asia Pacific. Unlike Vietnam and China, which have a continuous flow of foreign investment; the data centre market in The Philippines is undersized and there is limited competition, with only a few local participants and lack of any significant investment from international data centre operators.

Lastly, with the rapid introduction of new technologies in the data centre space, it is essential for data centre professionals across Asia to be constantly trained and educated to update their skills and know-how, or risk finding their expertise obsolete.

What is your definition of an adaptable infrastructure?

An adaptable infrastructure is one that can help drive both current business needs and also future ones. 

Data centre environments traditionally rely on siloed management tools that require the expertise, knowledge and experience of numerous IT and facility professionals leveraging specialised management dashboards to obtain the information they need.

The following key points highlight how a successful business-wise and future-driven data centre operates.

It aligns quickly to business needs and strategic business changes via faster deployment made possible by easy to use design tools, easy installation, and modular components.

It enables a private cloud to be easily designed and deployed within the existing infrastructure, with out-of-the-box integrated management that seamlessly works with your existing data centre infrastructure.


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