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Three data centre predictions for Asia-Pacific in 2018

Dennis Kom | Dec. 19, 2017
Can data centres keep up with upcoming rapid changes in technology?

This vendor-written piece has been edited by Executive Networks Media but readers should note it will likely favour the submitter's approach.


With technology moving faster than anybody could imagine, data centre operators are in a constant battle to keep up with increasing bandwidth demands. Exacerbated by the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) where everything from screwdrivers to security cameras, smart homes to smart phones are connected, the ability of data centre operators to collect, process, transmit and share data is critical in successfully servicing its clients.

In Asia-Pacific, the data centre market is highly competitive and providers are expanding into cloud services and other managed services to differentiate their service offerings. Singapore currently leads in the region as the most robust data centre market in Asia-Pacific in terms of capacity, with a current total supply of 370 megawatt (MW) of IT power supply among co-location operators. The country is already setting its sights on expanding its data centre capacity by another 100MW as part of the Singapore government's Smart Nation push.

With this in mind, here are our predictions on trends that will drive growth, and change the data centre industry in 2018 and beyond:


Demand for 5G speeds

IoT is placing ever-increasing demand on network infrastructure. Data centres are under more pressure than ever before to efficiently deliver services. Asia-Pacific's data centre market is set for explosive growth due to a surge in mobile data usage - in 2016, the region hit 3,109,117 terabytes in mobile data consumption per month, and is expected to hit 22,845,908 terabytes per month in 2021. In Singapore, it is estimated that the number of smartphone users reached 4.27 million in 2017. Besides smartphones, there is also the proliferation of technology such as AR/VR headsets, self-driving cars and smart home speakers. The data centre plays a critical role in receiving data from these devices and transmitting it back to deliver a service under the IoT model, all in real-time.

The challenge is to provision, add, and support high-density, bandwidth-greedy applications.

The density required for data centres to serve a very large number of customers - from autonomous cars to smart phones to people - is far greater than what we have today. 5G is what will power the next generation of IoT applications and devices. With 5G expected to roll out over the next two to three years, the hyper-connectivity involved will drastically change data centre operations, requiring data centres to meet increased demand while maintaining high levels of reliability.


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