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The rise of modular data centres

FY Teng | July 16, 2014
DCD Intelligence's Nick Parfitt on modular and containerised data centres and their growing impact on enterprises today.

Three: Do research on the large number of solutions that are available as they operate on a number of different standards, certification and support levels. It will be beneficial to shop around and to seek advice from organisations that have undergone a similar process.

Give us your reading of the data centre market by geography-Singapore, Malaysia, Southeast Asia, Asia, the US and globally.
Southeast Asia is one of the world's fastest growing data centre regions, particularly in the more recently established markets outside Singapore. As a broad rule, the larger established markets-USA, Japan, Western Europe-tend to show slower growth than the emerging markets such as those in Asia. However, the USA indicates that IT dependence can create data centre asset growth even through times of economic uncertainty. Globally, investment in data centres is growing (at around 8 percent globally into 2014) as is the need for energy (at around 8 percent globally into 2014) to facilitate advances in processing and convergence, while the growth in space is more muted (at 4 percent).

How many of the world's data centres do you expect to be modular by the end of this year and by 2020?
Very early findings based on the first 1,000 responses of the 2014 DCD Intelligence Global Census indicate that around 9 percent of end-user investment is going to modular new build in 2013 to 2014 and that this proportion is higher (around 14 percent) for co-location and outsourcing providers.


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