Veeam celebrates biggest second quarter revenue in company history

Veeam Software has announced their biggest second quarter revenue in company history with an annual increase of 20% year-over-year.

As a leader in backup solutions for Cloud Data Management, Veeam saw increased demand for their products due to growing remote work environments intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As employees are transitioning to the new ‘work from home’ environment, data protection and availability are now more important than ever,” said Bill Largent, the CEO at Veeam.

Veeam also reported its largest ever quarter in it’s 14-year history for bookings for their Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365, with an 89% year-on-year increase and 75% gain in subscription bookings.

“Just as employers must protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees, they must also have solid business continuity plans in place and protect the most important asset of their organization – their data,” added Mr. Largent.

Veeam also saw strong double-digit regional growth in Asia by serving customers like Fuji Electric in Japan, Trust Power in New Zealand, and Hero MotoCorp in India.

“We continue to execute well on our plan for explosive growth in APJ, and we are backing that up with hiring across all functions to support our customers and partners,” said Shaun McLagan, the Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific and Japan at Veeam.

Veeam’s new hires include Mr. Beni Sia, Vice President for Southeast Asia and Korea as well as Ms. Habisanti H., the Country Manager for Indonesia.

“This investment has seen an accelerated uptake of more than 3,200 certifications issued in Q2,” added Mr. McLagan.

With Veeam’s multi-year revenue gains, they have increased their market share to become the third largest provider of backup and recovery software.

The need for comprehensive data backup services is rapidly increasing, with COVID-19 causing one of the largest security threats the world has seen, as more and more employees are forced to work from home.

“Keeping life-saving information available to residents is a top priority during a pandemic. Downtime isn’t acceptable in today’s world, and certainly not during COVID-19. This is when cities must have complete faith in their data protection strategy,” said Daryl Polk, the Chief Innovation Officer at City of Rancho Cucamonga in California.

Veeam recently achieved their biggest ever product launch of their Veeam Availability Suite v10, which provides data management and protection for hybrid cloud environments.

“Both announcements were major game-changing milestones for Veeam and the tech industry,” said Danny Allan, CTO and Senior Vice President of Product Strategy at Veeam,”

The backup solutions provider for Cloud Data Management also kicked off the year with their acquisition by Insight Partners, which was valued at US$5 billion.

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Keppel Data Centres launches $214m project to expand into China

Keppel Data Centres has announced their expansion plans to enter the data center market in China.

The Singapore-based data center provider’s private equity fund, Alpha DC Fund, will acquire and develop a high specification data center in Huizhou’s Tonghu Smart City.

“Demand for quality data centers has been increasing rapidly with the expansion of the digital economy globally,” said Mr. Alvin Mah, the CEO of Alpha DC Fund.

The Fund entered into an agreement through its subsidiary Alpha Investment Partners to acquire Huizhou Bike for US$214 million. Huizhou Bike, a subsidiary of Country Garden Holdings, originally had plans on developing the greenfield data center in Tonghu Smart City.

Country Garden, one of China’s leading property developers, will work with Keppel Data Centres to construct the core and shell of the data center in the park owned by Country Garden.

“This collaboration will allow us to deliver a safe, reliable and high specification data centre facility for customers in the Greater Bay Area,” said Mr. Wong Wai Meng, the CEO of Keppel Data Centres. 

For Alpha DC Fund’s first asset in China, the data center will fit more than 6,000 high-density racks, cover 487,000sq ft, and meet China Data Centre Class A GB-standard equivalent specifications.

The facility will be developed over two stages to be completed in 2021 and 2022. And Keppel suggests the data center can expand to another 538,200sq ft to reach more than one million square feet in total.

Upon completion, Keppel Data Centres will work with Shenzhen Huateng Smart Technology to operate the data center.

“The project will contribute to the upgrading of information infrastructure and economic development in Huizhou,” added Mr. Wai Meng.

The development is said to be strategically aligned with the Chinese Government’s New Infrastructure campaign, focusing on information-based and innovative infrastructure.

The country is expected to invest more than $3.5 trillion in construction over the next five years, according to Haitong Securities.

Keppel’s expansion into China follows their plans to develop data centers in Singapore with Singapore Press Holdings and exploration into sustainable green data center solutions.

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Equinix invests US$51m in Hong Kong to support digital transformation demand

Equinix revealed it will invest US$51 million to expand their footprint in Hong Kong and support the growing demand for digital transformation by businesses.

“With more and more companies embracing digital transformation, we have seen demand for interconnection continue to grow,” said Larry Tam, the Managing Director for Equinix Hong Kong.

The acceleration of digital transformation brought by the pandemic as well as the advent of Industry 4.0 technologies like 5G are driving the demand for data centers and interconnection in Hong Kong.

Equinix’s Global Interconnection Index Volume 3 recently revealed that Hong Kong is expected to see the second fastest interconnection bandwidth growth in the region, increasing at 55% CAGR from 2018 to 2022.

A separate survey showed 46% decision-makers in Hong Kong believe interconnection is a key facilitator of digital transformation, with 45% believing interconnection can help their business gain a competitive advantage. 

The global interconnection and data center company also announced the completed third phase expansion of HK4, one of Equinix’s five International Business Exchange™ data centers in Hong Kong.

The expansion added 1,000 cabinets to the 500 currently stationed at the facility, with a further 3,000 expected to be added in future phases.

Equinix’s current colocation space totals approximately 34,500 square meters in Hong Kong, with the aim of supporting digital edge and business continuity strategies along with digital transformation of local and international enterprises.

Their US$51 million investment in Hong Kong follows a second US$1 billion joint venture with Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC, to build hyperscale data centers in Japan.

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Optimising data centers in the digital age with OCP

Optimised data centers with open infrastructures are becoming ever more crucial to meet increasing demands of cloud service providers, telcos and enterprises in the digital age.

As data volumes rise, older data centers are not always equipped to implement newer styles of hardware or designed to efficiently handle fully loaded and fully equipped racks.

On W.Media’s third Tech Talk, Steve Helvie, the VP of Channel at the Open Compute Project Foundation, revealed they are seeing an increase in density per rack across various markets. This shows the increasing demand on data centers and the types of workloads people are starting to run.

“Even public sectors are starting to ask more about the types of GPUs they may be able to run,” said Mr. Helvie.

This increase in density creates issues around the types of facilities where these racks can be deployed. And these new types of hardware also brings concerns for power efficiency to the rack.

OCP addressed these issues by recently developing the OCP Ready™ Facility Recognition Program. This includes a set of guidelines and a site assessment test to identify optimised data centers capable of handling, understanding and supporting OCP racks and infrastructure.

“End customers are looking for those facilities that understand OCP and can rely on local support at that facility and know that they can grow in that facility,” said Mr. Helvie.

OCP is now in their third version of their Open Compute Rack, which will be the most comprehensive and converged rack architecture, as a lot of OCP members, including Facebook, Google and Microsoft have come together on this version. The newest version of the rack covers density issues as well as the new wave of architecture.

“The main goal of the OCP Community is reducing investment operation cost, reducing energy consumption, and most importantly, sharing ideas and know-how,” said Resul Altinkilic, Project Manager of Global Key Accounts for IT at Rittal, a Platinum OCP member.

But why should you choose open hardware? This was an important question Rittal asked to their customers and partners. The top three answers given were cost reduction, power efficiency and standardisation.

“When you use one specification and you have the flexibility to buy the same rack or hardware under the same specifications, it is standardisation. With power efficiency, you don’t have to transition from AC to DC,” said Mr. Altinkilic.

Singapore-based data center provider, SpaceDC, became the first data center in Asia to achieve the OCP Ready™ certification by demonstrating its ability to create highly efficient, optimised data centers and meet OCP guidelines.

SpaceDC proved to OCP that their JAK2 facility in Indonesia was capable of accommodating racks weighing 500kg and allowing end-users to smoothly deploy fully populated OCP Racks without delay.

Busbars and fan walls are used throughout their data centers to enable configuration of racks to high densities and remove the need for maintenance staff to enter the data center for electrical or mechanical services, said Darren Hawkins, the Founder and CEO of SpaceDC.

These moves by tech giants, hardware solution developers and data center providers to join OCP’s Community has started to show us why the OCP hardware market is forecasted as a US$10 billion industry.

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How to select the best data center for your needs?

From colocation and enterprise facilities, to hyperscales and edge data centers, the choices in Asia Pacific are growing exponentially. This makes for a challenging decision in selecting and migrating data centers.

You may be asking ‘Which type of data center is best suited to my needs?’, ‘Will my data be secure?’ or ‘Is it suitably connected to allow my business to scale and digitally transform?’

You can get the answers to these questions and more at our ‘Data Center Selection & Migration in Asia Pacific’ digital event on Thursday 23 July.

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Reliably powering your data center with Raritan

Having reliable power sources is paramount for any data center, as outages could lead to detrimental monetary loss and reputational damage.

Data centers have traditionally been built on the foundation of business continuity and more recently on security. But with more businesses going digital, agile and reliable data centers are needed to allow organisations to adapt to fast-changing environments.

“How data center players bring agility to the infrastructure layer and enable facilities to adapt to changing business requirements is the key to success,” said Sanjay Motwani, Vice President for Asia Pacific at Raritan, a brand of Legrand Data Center Solutions, our Platinum Sponsor for this event.

Raritan manufactures hardware, including power management solutions for data centers as well as remote server management and audio visual solutions.

Mr. Motwani will share his expert insights in selecting and identifying the best reliable and sustainable power solutions for your business.

Ensuring efficient data center management with TalariaX

The evaluation process serves as the foundation for your company’s virtual infrastructure when selecting a facility for the first time or migrating to a different data center. This decision will last a long time, so it is important to get it right.

Choosing how your data center is managed and the extent to which incident management is carried out is crucial. Supplementing these decisions with a robust notification system could mean the difference between costly downtime and no downtime.

“Data center selection needs to be comprehensive and not merely on cost or compute, but looking at the whole package,” said Jeat Shyan Wong, the Founder and CEO from our Bronze Sponsors at TalariaX.

TalariaX delivers efficient data center management through their DCIM and sendQuick services to provide alerts and notifications for any issues affecting critical parts of a data center.

Mr. Wong will provide more detail on the importance of data center management and strong notification platforms at our event this Thursday.

Selecting the best data center in Southeast Asia

Competition is mounting across Asia Pacific, as mainstays including AIMS, Keppel Data Centres and Equinix are accompanied by a long list of telcos like DITO and FPT Telecom and tech giants such as Google, AWS, Huawei, Microsoft and Alibaba in the data center scene.

With more data centers coming online, the choice can be overwhelming.

Our experts during the first panel session on 23 July will enlighten us on how to select the best data center for your needs as well as overcoming the challenges associated with this.

We will be joined by Jeffrey Tay, the Vice President of Global Strategic Market Development at SpaceDC. The Singapore-based data center provider recently achieved the recognition of being the first to achieve the OCP Ready™ certification for their JAK2 facility in Indonesia.

Mr. Tay will share his vast knowledge of delivering end-to-end solutions for data centers and bridging strategic solutions with partners and vendors to create a strong value proposition for the end customer.

Accompanying Mr. Tay will be Chan Kee Siak, the Founder and CEO of Exabytes Group, a web hosting company with more than 100,000 worldwide customers and one million users  in 121 countries.

Mr. Kee Siak is set to enlighten our audience on the importance of selecting data centers that are safe and secure.

Migrating your data center with ease

With more choice in the type of data centers available in the future, you may even consider migrating to a new operating environment to increase connectivity, enable growth or save costs.

But selecting the best data center to migrate to comes with concerns around strategy, planning and security.

To answer your data center migration questions, we will have Sanjay Motwani of Raritan to share his experiences on moving your data securely and strategically.

We will also be joined by Tran Viet Hoan, the Group CIO of THACO Group, one of the leading car manufacturers in Vietnam and an end-user of data centers to empower digital transformation.

Mr. Hoan will deliver his insights on successfully implementing project plans and management as a CIO.

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Palo Alto Networks unveils new Singapore cloud location

Palo Alto Networks, a global cybersecurity leader, has unveiled a new cloud location in Singapore.

The new launch will give organisations based in Singapore and the wider Asia Pacific and Japan region high-performance access to their cybersecurity solutions.

“The current economic climate has accelerated organisations’ shift to the cloud,” said Simon Green, the president of Japan and Asia Pacific for Palo Alto Networks.

The cybersecurity giant has identified a large customer base in Asia Pacific and Japan who are looking for a comprehensive security platform to protect their cloud workloads. This is particularly important, as cyberthreats are increasing, especially during the pandemic.

The new cloud location in Singapore will provide access to Palo Alto Networks Prisma Cloud, Cortex XDR and Cortex™ Data Lake as well as the readily available WildFire Cloud, which was launched in 2017.

“Prisma and Cortex, which are cloud-hosted, address this need by providing unparalleled visibility and all-encompassing threat protection for customers who migrate workloads to the cloud,” added Mr. Green.

The cybersecurity solutions will allow users to store their data locally in Singapore to abide by data residency requirements. Palo Alto Networks saw the need to introduce this new cloud location to address data sovereignty and privacy demands in Singapore.

“The new cloud location will support the Singapore Government’s stated cloud strategy to host most of its IT solutions on commercial clouds,” Mr. Green said.

Palo Alto Networks also chose Singapore not only because they have their regional headquarters there, but the country has a mature cloud market and reliable IT infrastructure compared to the rest of the region, as seen in the recent Asia Cloud Computing Association Cloud Readiness Index.

SpaceDC brings first green data center to Indonesia powered by its people

SpaceDC is bringing the first green data center to Indonesia, powered by a world-class team of individuals who are passionate about delivering a reliable and resilient network.

The Singapore-based data center provider recently welcomed Elisabeth Simatupang as their new Country Manager for Indonesia who has big plans for the future.

With experience building 1,000 telecom towers per year with Bali Towers as well as international expertise working with AWS in Sweden, Ms. Simatupang brings strong local knowledge of Indonesia backed by precise understanding of international standards.

Ms. Simatupang hopes to stand out in the Indonesia market by achieving SpaceDC’s vision of creating an interconnected data center platform throughout Asia that is environmentally friendly and operates to international standards, helping end users to manage their data more efficiently on one platform that brings down their total cost of ownership.

Building the first green data center in Indonesia with SpaceDC

Indonesia is one of the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters, and data centers are a significant culprit of producing a large carbon footprint. As a result, lowering the environmental impact of data centers is at the heart of SpaceDC’s philosophy.

To achieve this, SpaceDC’s first green data center campus in Jakarta will be powered by natural gas – a first for Indonesia. This solution reduces both the environmental impact and increases the overall fault tolerance of the site.

The data center will also be able to recycle waste heat from gas generators by passing it through a heat exchanger in the absorption chillers, producing more chilled water for its Cold Room Air Conditioners that cool down the data center halls.

The 26.6MW Indonesian campus has achieved a Power Usage Effectiveness rating of 1.3, while other data centers are said to be struggling at 2 PUE.

But SpaceDC‘s commitment to achieving an environmentally friendly legacy doesn’t stop there, as the team plans to further reduce the PUE of their facilities, which benefits customers by lowering the total cost of ownership. 

However, achieving sustainable and reliable power for data centers in Indonesia is challenging, as the national energy grid produces insufficient electrical generation capacity and a weak quality of power.

To overcome this, most data centers in Indonesia usually build their facilities inside industrial estates that have a shared power plant, which typically makes the cost of powering a facility more expensive.

SpaceDC has gone a step further by building their own power plant in Jakarta, which they manage 100% to generate the absorption chiller at their data center campus. 

To ensure the reliability of the facility, the power and cooling systems are also supported by diesel generators and electric chillers as well as an additional backup from the Government power utility in Jakarta, which is typically more reliable compared to other regions in Indonesia.

As a result, SpaceDC solidified their ability to reliably power their campus by achieving an Uptime Tier III certification at their JAK2 facility. Not only that, but SpaceDC also recently achieved the recognition of being the first OCP Ready™ facility in Asia by proving its ability to design highly efficient data centers and meet Open Compute Project Foundation guidelines.

The team is looking to set the bar high in the future, as they strive to secure a Tier IV classification at their upcoming JAK 1 data center, which would be a particularly unique achievement for a facility in an emerging market.

SpaceDC’s JAK1 and JAK2 facilities that make up Indonesia’s first green data center campus

Delivering sustainable interconnectivity for Indonesia

On top of having the first green data center in Indonesia, SpaceDC’s goal is to provide an interconnected platform in the country that makes managing data footprints across regions easier and more efficient for businesses.

Driven by Indonesia’s tremendous growth in Internet accessibility as well as customers’ desire for connectivity and speed, SpaceDC will work with private cloud companies and internet service providers to bring hub cities and emerging markets together.

Elisabeth Simatupang, SpaceDC's Country Manager for Indonesia
Elisabeth Simatupang, SpaceDC’s Country Manager for Indonesia

Ms. Simatupang believed the best way to stand out in Indonesia is by achieving international standards in Internet connectivity, as most traditional data centers in Indonesia have not reached this status.

The data center provider is in the process of building partnerships with all the biggest ISPs in Indonesia, including Telkom, Indosat and CBN who have links with the country’s biggest transmission backbone project to deliver reliable network connectivity and flexibility for customers.

To fulfil international standards for interconnectivity, Jakarta is the place to be.

SpaceDC carefully selected their data center campus to be located in the capital city, as it has some of the best fiber optic transmission ability and reliability when compared to other areas. Their campus is designed with four meet-me rooms and three different entry points from three different directions of fiber optic coming into the campus, making for resilient and reliable network connectivity.

Expanding out from Indonesia, SpaceDC has ambitious plans for the future by targeting emerging markets and hub cities across Asia to create a unique interconnected platform.

By providing a reliable interconnected platform for emerging markets like Indonesia, SpaceDC enables more data load capacity in these markets, rather than feeding in capacity from other countries with more mature data center markets like Singapore.

Achieving the interconnected green data center dream with people power

SpaceDC has identified the hub cities and emerging they want to expand into within the next five years, based on the demand from their customers and megawatt capacity needs in their facilities.

Carolyn Harrington, SpaceDC's Chief Operating Officer
Carolyn Harrington, SpaceDC’s Chief Operating Officer

The Chief Operating Officer of SpaceDC, Carolyn Harrington, said with confidence: “I’d be surprised if we haven’t delivered more based on the speed of the market.”

However, a data center would not function without a team of talented people who have the technical prowess and ability to understand the individual needs of end users.

SpaceDC is in the process of building a team who are empowered and motivated to deliver their five-year vision.

“A business is a vision and mission, but this only eventuates if you have the right team,” said Ms. Harrington.

In the current economic climate affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, many business plans have been put into question and a state of uncertainty. But the SpaceDC team has stayed strong in continuing to work towards this vision.


Ms. Harrington said: “I’m overwhelmed but not surprised at how well the team is doing because they’re an amazing bunch of professionals who take great pride in their work.

“I honestly cannot thank them enough. I am not surprised at how well the team is doing because they’re an amazing bunch of professionals who take great pride in their work,” she added.

Supported by their passionate team with over 60 years of combined industry experience, SpaceDC is driven to stand out by designing and operating efficient, resilient and network-rich data centers that prioritise each individual customer’s idiosyncratic needs whilst remaining environmentally friendly.

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By Stuart Crowley, Editor, W.Media

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NTUC survey reveals digital upskilling a top priority for employers in Singapore amid pandemic, with digital marketing ranking highest

An NTUC LearningHub survey has revealed digital upskilling as a top priority for employers in Singapore, with digital marketing being a top skill, as digital transformation becomes imperative amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many businesses in Singapore have seen their businesses fall by over 50% during the coronavirus outbreak. To remain viable and resilient, organisations have been forced to accelerate or adopt digital transformation plans. 

“Many employers are readier than before to embrace digital solutions that previously seemed daunting, and I foresee digitalisation becoming a core strategy for businesses,” said Mr. Kwek Kok Kwong, NTUC LearningHub’s CEO.

NTUC LearningHub’s Employer Skills Survey found that 58% of Singapore employers are upskilling their workforce in technology-related skills, with digital marketing rated the top skill by 44% of employers across all industries, and 59% in the Trade and Connectivity industry.

Why is digital marketing so important?

There is no question, the world is rapidly going digital. The risk of being left behind and unheard is increasing if you fail to digitally transform.

Physical stores are putting up their shutters and entering the virtual space, consumers are turning to online shopping and a business’ ability to stand out amongst the increasingly saturated digital landscape will be its greatest competitive advantage

“To mitigate the loss of face-to-face selling, digital marketing becomes an imperative to reach out to a huge marketplace of prospects who are now online,” said Anthony Chew, the Director of ICT Product Division at NTUC LearningHub.

Having a website that provides customers with information is no longer sufficient. Businesses today are launching new websites, creating social media campaigns and improving their search engine optimisation (SEO) to be the first to appear on customers’ screens.

The power of digital marketing gives you the ability to understand your audience and see measurable results on a micro level.

“From whether an individual opened an email and read it, or responded to a call to action, digital marketing allows businesses to hyper-personalise campaigns on an individual level,” added Mr. Chew.

Digital marketing is expected to become a long-term marketing contingency plan to tide over the pandemic by reaching customers and generating revenue.

Mr. Chew said: “Digital marketing is not as simple as it seems. Many businesses are taking their operations online for the first time, but the majority are inexperienced with the complexities of virtual promotion and selling.”

Digital marketing encompasses a myriad of services ranging from SEO, pay-per-click advertising, email marketing, social media marketing, and more. These strategies have existed long before COVID-19, but it was a competency that many businesses deemed as optional rather than essential.

“Many businesses had a misconception that digital marketing campaigns are only adopted by big corporations with extensive marketing budget to spare,” added Mr. Chew.

Now, in the COVID-19 era, businesses have been exposed to the long-standing issues that existed, with customers being far more digitally connected and increasingly making most of their purchasing decisions online before ever speaking to a salesperson.

“This forced businesses, even small-medium enterprises, who abide by traditional marketing to rethink their strategy,” said Mr. Chew.

What about other top skills?

Complementary skills of digital marketing were also rated highly by Singapore employers, including data analysis (40%), cybersecurity (25%), data protection (22%) and artificial intelligence (20%) as top skills for their workforce.

NTUC Survey Statistics

These skills were considered essential to create a long-term holistic business model built for scalability and sustainability.

“The ability to use data analysis for decision-making and the customisation clients’ needs will be a game-changer,” said Mr Kwong.

In Singapore, the Covid-19 downtime was an optimal period for employees to upskill, supported by numerous funding schemes. 

Many businesses in Singapore were encouraged to enrol their employees into e-commerce and digital marketing courses offered by Continuing Education and Training Centres.

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Sustainable hyperscaling create unique opportunities for Princeton Digital Group to stand out in Singapore

Singapore is the most mature data center market in Southeast Asia, so it is imperative for new players like Princeton Digital Group to stand out in the country.

The ‘Little Red Dot’ is an ideal location to set up a data center, with the largest concentration of subsea cables in Asia, a stable political ecosystem and relatively safe from natural disasters.

Asher Ling, the Managing Director for Singapore at Princeton Digital Group, said: “There is a deep pool of talent with specific data center expertise and that the local ecosystem of partners is well established.”

Princeton Digital Group entered the market last year following their acquisition of the DCSG (previously called “IO Data Center”) facility in Central Singapore.

Acquiring the well-known data center in Singapore came with the challenge of tackling the preconceived notions and changing industry perceptions on what the facility had to offer.

Mr. Ling said: “Our strategy was to pivot such challenges into our advantage by leveraging on the market’s familiarity with our facility.”

Princeton Digital Group began by introducing services they believed were best suited and designed for their key target clients.

“We have been able to leverage our location, scale and the existing fiber infrastructure to help position our site to the hyperscaler community,” said Mr. Ling.

Hyperscaling Singapore

Hyperscalers have driven a lot of data center market growth in Singapore over the past several years, differentiating the country from others in Southeast Asia.

Overall, the hyperscale data center market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 24% until 2022 to keep up with rapid increase of data being generated by advancing technologies like AI and mobile devices as well as digitally transforming industries like banking, healthcare and public services.

Over the past year, Princeton Digital Group has worked with existing customers in Singapore to ensure their operational integrity, while concurrently investing to expand their SG1 facility to meet the requirements of both enterprise customers and hyperscale cloud service providers.

“Given our deep relationships across Asia Pacific, we have been able to establish client confidence in our Singapore business which has allowed us to move quickly and garner success in the marketplace,” said Mr. Ling.

And while other data center providers may consider cloud service providers as their competitors, Princeton Digital Group’s outlook is that they are an important customer base.

With a wide customer base, it is important to build a unique understanding of customers’ needs to stand out in the Singapore market, that’s why Princeton Digital Group has been focused on helping them address their infrastructure challenges.

Since acquiring DCSG in 2019, Princeton Digital Group ensured there would be no impact to existing operations as well as putting a growth strategy in place to provide a roadmap for additional capacity, serving both enterprise and hyperscale customers.

“We see very strong demand in the Singapore market, across all customer segments.  We will continue to deliver services for our existing customers and build out new capacity to address our customer’s growth requirements,” assured Mr. Ling.

Princeton Digital Group recently completed a newly built out raised floor capacity at their SG1 facility and will continue their expansion projects to support new customer demand.

“We actively invested and built out our solutions to give confidence to prospective clients, which eventually led to our success in the Singapore market,” said Mr. Ling

Elsewhere, Princeton Digital Group is developing two new hyperscale greenfield builds in Indonesia that look to be ready by 2022.

Sustainably evolving Singapore

Singapore’s data center market continues to evolve in many aspects, with a prominent focus on how data center design and operations can support the sustainability goals of customers.

The ‘Little Red Dot’ consumes more electricity per person than any other country in Southeast Asia. Data centers contribute a substantial 7% of this energy consumption in Singapore every year. 

In 2019, the Government started to impose a carbon tax at a rate of $5 for every tonne of greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the country’s environmental impact.

A Green Data Centre Standard has also been established with the aim of encouraging organisations to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities.

To remain financially competitive, environmentally responsible and provide unique selling points in the Singapore market, data centers operators are exploring many solutions to reduce their carbon footprint and ensure sustainability.

“We are working on both operational improvement and new design review programs in the areas of energy efficiency and technology platforms so that we can provide a consistent experience to all of our customers,” said Mr. Ling.

To achieve their sustainability goals, Princeton Digital Group is building up their team and putting operational programs in place to target increased energy efficiencies.

Singapore’s government is also proactively engaging with enterprise and colocation data center operators to address how the industry can develop and operate business in a sustainable manner.

Princeton Digital Group operates data centers across Asia Pacific and aligns their operations and construction processes to meet or exceed local regulations and building codes.

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By Stuart Crowley, Editor, W.Media

Oracle announces ‘industry’s first fully-managed, on-premises cloud region’

Oracle announced the ‘industry’s first fully-managed, on-premises’ cloud region on Wednesday, bringing all their second-generation cloud services directly to customer data centers.

The Cloud@Customer service provides enterprise data centers with Oracle’s Autonomous Database and SaaS applications, starting at US$500k per month.

“[No other provider] gives you a complete public cloud behind your firewall, dedicated to you. This is a first in the cloud industry,” said Larry Ellison, Oracle’s Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, during a digital presentation.

Cloud adoption by enterprises is rapidly increasing, driven by the flexibility of subscription models, scalability and agility offered by cloud computing. 

Many businesses still often use hybrid solutions to run some of their workloads and cloud software on their own hardware within data centers due to data localisation requirements or the need for speedier connections.

But these hybrid cloud solutions typically limit the number of cloud features and services available in public cloud regions.

“Enterprise customers have told us they want the full experience of a public cloud on-premises to run their most important workloads,” said Clay Magouyrk, the Executive Vice President of Engineering at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Oracle’s Cloud@Customer will bring more than 50 services to on-premises, providing ‘the highest levels of security’ and ‘strong isolation of customer data, which remain local to customer data centers’.

Deepak Mohan, Research Director at market intelligence firm IDC, said: “This represents a new direction for public cloud providers, who have historically offered only limited versions of their services to customer premises.”

Customers will be required to pay for only the services they consume, which will total an approximate spending commitment of US$18 million over three years, reported Reuters.

“This brings together public cloud service capability with the compliance, latency and co-location benefits of on premises—which can be a game changer for large scale digital transformation efforts at enterprises,” said Mr. Mohan.

Oracle announced the first to adopt their new service will be the largest consulting firm and IT solutions provider in Japan, Nomura Research Institute (NRI).

NRI will start by moving its SaaS applications, used by 70% of capital markets firms in Japan, from on-premises locations to an Oracle dedicated cloud region in its own data center.

The IT solutions provider will use Oracle Exadata to provide SOC2 reports based on Japanese security standards in financial industries, said Tomoshiro Takemoto, the Senior Corporate Managing Director at NRI.

Oracle also revealed the availability of their Autonomous Database on Exadata Cloud@Customer as a standalone offering or as part of the new Cloud@Customer service.

This will combine the latest Database with their fastest platform, Exadata, to deliver cloud services in customer data centers without the challenge of data sovereignty laws or security concerns.

The Autonomous Database will allow organisations to automate systems to eliminate manual processes and reduce the risk of human error, ‘freeing developers from mundane maintenance tasks and enabling them to innovate and create more business value’, said Juan Loaiza, Executive Vice President for Mission-Critical Database Technologies at Oracle.

The new offerings were welcomed by global organisations, including enterprise cloud solutions provider, Samsung SDS, Japan’s the number one mobile carrier, NTT DoCoMo, and Japanese IT consultancy firm, RKK Computer Service.

Delivering Digital Innovation

Oracle’s new solutions have been celebrated by multinational companies for its ability to reduce operational costs and empower digital transformation efforts.

As a result, Oracle saw significant growth in cloud revenue for the final quarter of 2020 after opening a second cloud region in South Korea and being selected by Zoom to be their cloud infrastructure provider of choice to support remote working.

We will be joined by Oracle for an Executive Briefing to explore how you can manage your next digital transformation moves in a new world where digital is the driver of business.

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TM to become Malaysia’s first end-to-end Cloud AI Infrastructure Service Provider with Huawei agreement

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) has signed an agreement with Huawei to expand its cloud services and provide Malaysia with its first end-to-end cloud artificial intelligence infrastructure.

The TM Cloud α (Cloud Alpha) services are set to enable the next generation of innovation for its public sector and enterprise customers.

“TM is the only local player with its own state-of-the-art core data centers and cloud infrastructure with full data residency, locality and sovereignty in Malaysia and subjected to regulations in Malaysia,” said Dato’ Noor Kamarul, the Group Chief Executive Officer for TM.

Malaysia’s national telecommunications infrastructure provider will leverage Huawei’s cloud technology to offer cloud, AI and cybersecurity for their operations, spanning Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service.

“This collaboration with Huawei Malaysia is another milestone for TM ONE. We now have full cloud capability as a core offering from TM ONE to capture growth in Malaysia,” said Ahmad Taufek, the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of TM ONE.

The industry is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 27% in the next five years, according to Mr. Taufek.

Digitalising Malaysia

The Cloud α solution is expected to fast-track digital transformation in Malaysia by introducing more smart services, big data innovations and the Internet of Things innovations.

Michael Yuen, the Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Malaysia, said: “I am confident we can develop a holistic ICT infrastructure together in line with the government’s move to spur Malaysia’s digital economy growth.”

The memorandum of agreement signed by TM ONE and Huawei acted as a commitment by the two companies to develop cloud and AI talent as well as drive foreign cloud and data transactions back to Malaysia.

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Deputy Minister, Zahidi Zainul Abidin, said the agreement would boost Malaysia’s economic recovery and digital economy during the pandemic, which has demonstrated the need to rapidly adopt new technologies.

He added: “Malaysia will now focus on economic growth and towards reaping the full benefits of the Industrial Revolution 4.0. Therefore, today’s MoA is a step in the right direction.”

TM ONE’s Cloud α solutions was launched in April of this year, providing a foundation that enables blockchain, chatbot, data analytics and robotic process automation innovations, while remaining compliant with regulatory requirements like Bank Negara Malaysia’s Risk Management in Technology (RMiT).

Along with their Huawei agreement, TM ONE also welcomed the recent expansion of AWS into Malaysia with the availability of their Outposts.

“It will help us in our mission to enable the Malaysian public sector and enterprises to be more agile, while delivering better and more comprehensive services to end customers. This is in line with TM Group’s commitment in enabling Digital Malaysia,” said Mr. Taufek.

The enterprise and public sector business solutions arm of Telecommunications Company Telekom Malaysia Berhad found AWS Outposts to be an important part of TM ONE Cloud Alpha’s hybrid cloud strategy.

Image credit: TM ONE

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Yotta to invest $469m in Indian data centers over next two years

Yotta Infrastructure, a Hiranandani Group company, is set to invest US$469m or ₹3,500 crore on three data centers in Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai over the next two years.

The facilities are expected to hold 5,000+ racks across five to six buildings, reported The Hindu BusinessLine.

The demand for data centers in India is growing exponentially driven by increased cloud adoption and upcoming Industry 4.0 technologies like 5G and the Internet of Things.

Sunil Gupta, the Chief Executive Officer of Yotta Infrastructure, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to the spurt in the demand for cloud infrastructure. There is not enough supply to meet the demand that we currently see.”

India’s directive for data localisation has also influenced expansion plans by the likes of AWS, Airtel, Oracle, Google and Jio in partnership with Microsoft Azure.

The first of Yotta’s three data centers in Mumbai is ready for its grand opening this month, while work on their Chennai facility will begin in October following a three-month delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The data center provider’s Delhi facility will also begin construction in October, and should go live in January 2022.

Building India’s largest data center

Yotta’s first data center, Yotta NM1, is slated to be one of the largest data centers in India. The facility covers 800,000 square feet, filled with 7,200 racks and 50MW of power.

The facility is also one of the largest data centers to receive the highest certification for data center design, Uptime Institute’s Tier IV Certification of Design Documents.

Mr. Gupta was thrilled with the achievement, and said the certification ‘is the equivalent to the Oscar Awards for the data center industry’.

“It was a grueling process that took over ten months to achieve,” said Mr. Gupta.

The certification signifies the data center’s fault-tolerant design where the facility is able to continue running, despite a structural failure in the power and cooling systems or even a fire.

“Full power and cooling should continue to the rack for at least one hour, even while fire may still be on,” said NK Jain, the Chief Technical Advisor at Yotta Infrastructure.

The Yotta NM1 data center, located in Mumbai’s Panvel Datacenter Park, will be supported by two power plants, one solar powered and one gas powered.

“Yotta achieved this milestone by implementing truly unique and innovative design and engineering. This is most impressive,’’ said Martin McCarthy, the Chairman and CEO of Uptime Institute.

Image credit: Yotta

What does the future hold for India’s data center market?

The need for data centers in India is growing exponentially, as data consumption by half a billion digital users is reaching unprecedented levels. And this will continue to rise driven by surges in cloud adoption, digital transformation and social media usage.

As a result, the India data center market has a forecasted value of US$3.2 billion by 2024. But how can you tap into this exciting market?

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SpaceDC Indonesia data center becomes the first OCP Ready™ facility in Asia

Singapore-based data center provider SpaceDC has become the first OCP Ready™ facility in Asia.

The Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP) awarded SpaceDC’s facility in Indonesia with the certification after demonstrating its ability to create highly efficient data centers and meet OCP guidelines.

SpaceDC achieved another first in Asia by securing OCP’s Colo Solution Provider status, exhibiting ‘strong technical, service and support capabilities to enable scalable deployments of OCP infrastructure’.

“This certification certainly affirms SpaceDC’s mission of being an efficient, reliable and scalable data center platform for businesses looking to expand in the region,” Darren Hawkins, the CEO of SpaceDC.

SpaceDC’s JAK2 facility will be part of Indonesia’s first green data center campus, which will be powered by natural gas for electricity and waste heat for the cooling absorption chillers.

The facility is also designed to Uptime Tier III standards and achieved a power usage effectiveness of 1.3.

Steve Helvie, Vice President of Channel Development for OCP, described SpaceDC‘s achievement as displaying the capacity for OCP solutions to continue  growing and evolving across Asia. This will result in a need for more facilities and operators who understand the needs of enterprise companies looking to adopt more open hardware designs, he said.

”I would like to congratulate SpaceDC for becoming the first OCP Ready™ facility in Asia, which is an incredible achievement,” celebrated Mr. Helvie.

What does it take to become an OCP Ready data center?

The OCP Ready™ Facility Recognition Program is one of the Open Compute Project Foundation’s newest certifications.

The program recognises data centers that meet guidelines and show an operator’s understanding of the fundamental facility requirements to deploy OCP hardware into their IT space.

“Throughout the process for JAK2 to be certified as OCP Ready™, their team has demonstrated a deep technical knowledge and understanding of what it means to create an optimised data center facility for hosting OCP IT gear,” said Mark Dansie, a key member of the OCP DC Facilities Project Team and leader of the OCP Ready™ program.

SpaceDC’s OCP Ready™ facility is now listed on the OCP Marketplace as a result of their success.

Mr. Dansie added: “This new colo facility is a fantastic addition to the growing portfolio of OCP Ready™ data centers and will enable SpaceDC’s OCP customers to take full advantage of the TCO benefits of deploying OCP technology.”

Why is it important to be OCP Ready?

Data centers that are optimised for open infrastructure are becoming ever more crucial to meet the demands of cloud service providers (CSP’s), telcos and enterprises, as they move toward digital transformation.

Open Compute Project’s collaborative Community strives to optimise all parts of a data center, from open hardware designs to network architecture to provide efficient, scalable computing.

At our next free Tech Talk, Steve Helvie, OCP’s VP of Channel, will show us why tech giants and data center players have joined the OCP Community to develop the OCP hardware market into a US$10 billion industry.

OCP Colo Solution providers like Giga Data Centers, Rackspace, Kao Data and Hydro66 have all received the OCP Ready™ stamp of approval along with SpaceDC

> Take a look inside an OCP-Optimised Data Center in Southeast Asia

Meet the OCP Colo Facility Guidelines for OCP Racks and complete the Colo Site Assessment

To become an OCP Ready™ data center operators are required to meet the OCP Colo Facility Guidelines for deploying OCP hardware in commercially available, colocation data centers.

Solution providers are also required to be an OCP member in good standing and complete the OCP Ready Colo Site Assessment. This site assessment covers everything from building access, electrical and cooling capabilities, to efficiency, cabling and openness of information.

To meet the guidelines, facilities must allow end-users to smoothly deploy fully populated OCP Racks without delay.

OCP Ready™ data centers must be able to easily accommodate racks weighing 500kg and be able to deploy multiple racks at scale.

In our next Tech Talk with OCP, we will be joined by Resul Altinkilic of Rittal, an OCP Platinum Member who specialises in developing and influencing the future of OCP roadmaps in Rack, Cooling and Power.

Mr. Altinkilic will take us through the importance of Open Hardware and Open Rack infrastructure in achieving an optimised and efficient data center.

To explore what it takes to become an OCP-optimised data center, we will also hear from the CEO of SpaceDC, Darren Hawkins. 

Mr. Hawkins will share how SpaceDC achieved the recognition of being the first OCP Ready™ data center in Asia after meeting all guidelines and successfully passing the OCP Ready Colo Site Assessment.

Register for free to take a journey through an OCP Optimised Data Center in Southeast Asia on Wednesday 8 July.

Image credit: SpaceDC

Malaysia’s AIMS starts constructing flagship Tier III data center in Cyberjaya

Malaysia-based data center operator AIMS has started construction on a flagship Tier III data center in Cyberjaya.

The facility will offer 240,000 square feet of white space and a scalable power capacity of up to 50MW.

“The new facility will open Malaysia up to more connections and the prospect of establishing itself as a regional data center hub,” said Chiew Kok Hin, the Chief Executive Officer of AIMS Data Centre.

The interconnected data center provider aims to enable businesses to set up their IT infrastructure with more ease and reduce reliance on third parties located outside of Malaysia.

Mr. Hin added Malaysia is strategically located in Southeast Asia with domestic and international connectivity, ease of access and relatively low cost of entry.

The new data center known as AIMS @ Cyberjaya will act as a satellite site for the Malaysia Internet Exchange, for which AIMS is the ‘anchor site handling traffic for over 88 peers and networks with international connectivity’.

The facility will cater to hyperscalers and enterprises with high processing needs and strict security requirements by providing enhanced security measures, including ten levels of security, biometric systems and anti-tailgating mantraps.

In a press release by AIMS, the data center provider said the facility is able to ‘maximise cooling efficiency and has solid power management capabilities’ through a N+1 dedicated generator and chiller plant as well as an N+2 computer room air handler.

As cloud adoption increases across Southeast Asia, the Malaysia-based facility will offer direct access to AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure, bypassing public Internet for better latency and enhanced security.

The new data center will be equipped with Uptime Institute Tier III and Green Building Index accreditations as well as Risk Management in Technology guidelines compliance issued by Bank Negara Malaysia, ensuring reliability and resiliency.

Located in Cyberjaya, AIMS’ new data center is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2020, contributing to the town’s aspiration of becoming the ‘Silicon Valley of Malaysia’.

This will add to AIMS’ growing portfolio of data centers across Southeast Asia, with two more facilities expected to be coming soon in Vietnam.

Image credit: AIMS

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Alibaba Cloud plans Southeast Asia expansion with new Indonesia data center and Philippines alliance

Alibaba Cloud has set in motion plans to expand into Southeast Asia with the announcement of their third data center in Indonesia and a Philippines Ecosystem Alliance.

The initiatives were driven by fast-growing demand from customers who are adopting cloud technologies and progressing digital transformation strategies at a rapid pace.

Not one, not two, but three data centers

Indonesia’s data center market is fueled by an increasing number of Internet and social media users as well as greater connectivity and cloud adoption across the country.

The Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Johnny G. Plate believed Alibaba Cloud’s third data center will accelerate the country’s digital transformation efforts.

The expansion comes after Alibaba Cloud built its first data center in 2018, and a second last year. Upon completion of the third in 2021, Alibaba Cloud will have 64 availability zones across 21 regions worldwide.

The digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group also announced its plan to build the first data scrubbing center in the country to help customers fend off cyberattacks, particularly affecting the finance and gaming industries.

“Cyberattacks have grown in intensity and sophistication, especially at a time when more businesses are moving their IT infrastructure onto cloud,” said Leon Chen as Country Manager at Alibaba Cloud Indonesia.

Alibaba Cloud’s new scrubbing center will help detect, analyse and remove large volumes of malicious traffic to defend distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

As Southeast Asia’s largest and fastest growing digital economy, other tech giants including Google and AWS have also expanded their services in Indonesia.

Alibaba Cloud was also named the largest IaaS provider in Asia Pacific by a recent Gartner report, while Tencent Cloud was third across the region and Huawei Cloud placed third in China.

Accelerating digital transformation in the Philippines

Along with their announcement for a third data center in Indonesia, Alibaba Cloud also revealed the formation of the Alibaba Cloud Philippines Ecosystem Alliance to speed up digital transformation in the country.

“The Philippines is a booming market with a big group of young and digital savvy population. There is strong demand for digital transformation in accordance with the local government’s ‘cloud-first’ initiative,” said Leo Liu, General Manager of Hong Kong, Macau, Korea and Philippines for Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.

The alliance will bring together thousands of Alibaba Cloud’s partners and customers to promote cloud adoption and analytics intelligence for businesses of all sizes.

“Digitalisation will be the global economic bedrock in the post-COVID era. This is why we are determined to enhance our efforts in supporting businesses here in their digital transformation journeys,” said Allen Guo, Alibaba Cloud’s Head for Philippines.

The global cloud provider will invest US$283 million this year to train partners and create solutions as well as committing to the aim of training 50,000 IT professionals and certifying at least 10,000 of these within the next three years.

Alibaba Cloud recently worked with telecommunications giant PLDT to provide hybrid cloud and security solutions for eSports matches during the Southeast Asian Games in 2019.

PLDT’s Enterprise and International Data Regional Head for Asia Pacific, Jeff Mendoza, said: “We are looking forward to fortifying this partnership and cooperation as we face this new era of cloud modernisation.”

Over the next three years, the largest provider of public cloud services in China looks to continue its global expansion by investing an additional US$28 billion on its cloud infrastructure, from operating systems, servers, to chips and networks.

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US Investment Firm Carlyle to buy 25% stake in India’s Airtel data center business for $235m

US-based investment firm Carlyle will buy a 25% stake in the data center arm of Indian telecom Bharti Airtel for US$235m amid increasing demand for data centers in India.

Airtel’s data center business known as Nxtra will be valued US$1.2 billion following the purchase by Comfort Investments II, an affiliate of The Carlyle Group, the companies announced on Wednesday.

“Rapid digitisation has opened up a massive growth opportunity for data centers in India and we plan to accelerate our investments to become a major player in this segment,” said Gopal Vittal, the MD & CEO (India and South Asia) at Bharti Airtel.

Nxtra is building multiple large data centers across India to capture the significant growth opportunities.

Neeraj Bharadwaj, the Managing Director for Carlyle Asia Partners advisory team, said: “India is set to become one of the largest markets in the world for digital services. Airtel … is well positioned to leverage the potential growth of data centers in India.”

The proceeds from the acquisition will be used to continue scaling up Nxtra’s infrastructure and offerings across the country in cities like Pune, Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata.

India is seeing a huge surge in demand for secure data centers, as businesses look to digitally transform their operations through increased cloud adoption as well as growing user data and consumer demand for digital services like smartphone entertainment.

India’s Governmental directive for data localisation has also led to an increased presence by the likes of AWS, Oracle and Google as well as Jio who will build data centers hosted on Microsoft Azure.

Greg Zeluck, the Co-Head for Carlyle Asia Partners advisory team, believed the data center experience of Airtel and Carlyle will help Nxtra capture the growing demand for data center services, as data usage continues to surge.

Airtel is a key player in India’s enterprise connectivity segment, serving over 2,500 large businesses as well as over one million medium and small businesses.

After completion of the acquisition, Carlyle will hold a stake of 25% in Nxtra, while Airtel will own the remaining 75%.

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