Decarbonising DCs in SEA calls for a different approach

With the COVID-19 pandemic exploding the demand for digital services, it is also fuelling the need for increased data centre capacity all over the world.

According to the U.S.-based consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, the global data centre market’s investment is worth more than $200 billion and growing approximately 10 per cent per year. South East Asia is witnessed as one of the fastest-growing markets for data centres, accounting for an estimated 13 per cent of the region’s total market size in value.

Even as this is music to the industry’s ears, for the environment this tune could be jarring. The call on the decarbonisation of data centres is becoming the main focus – from Board rooms to coffee shops where the discussion is centred around sustainability.

Is Renewable energy a start?

The International Energy Agency reports that data centre is accounting for 200 TWh per year in terms of energy consumption, which is about 1 per cent of the total electricity demand worldwide.

Talking about the three steps to sustainability, Ian Bitterlin, Consulting Engineer and formerly Visiting Professor at University of Leeds, stated that the industry is addressing the problem in a reverse manner when trying to push data centres to apply renewable energy rather than address the other two concerns, namely consumption reduction and process improvement.

“We’re pretending to ourselves that just having a renewable energy powered data centre is sustainable,” Bitterlin said. “It’s legal, it seems to be acceptable but it’s kind of unethical in what we are doing to the environment.”

So, what is the solution? “The first thing you should do is to increase the utilisation of data centres,” he said.

Holistic approach needed

Addressing this challenge at W.Media’s Digital Week in South East Asia 2021, PS Lee, Deputy Executive Director at Energy Studies Institute, explored three key factors affecting the efficiency and carbon footprint of data centres, namely location, IT load, and energy efficiency.

A geographical location that experiences extreme temperatures will consume more energy as the data centre physical infrastructure system has to work harder to maintain consistent moderate temperature and humidity levels. The local source of power generation also has a major impact on the data centre’s carbon footprint.

Regarding IT load, market watchers believe that it is the total power that all IT equipment in a data centre consumes, ranging from servers, routers, computer storage and networking, as well as the security system fire and monitoring system that protects them.

“The higher the IT load, the more power will be actually required to keep it up and to run in a higher carbon footprint,” he explained. “If you can start with operating the IT infrastructure more efficiently, then that would improve the overall energy consumption or reduce the carbon footprint.”

The traditional practices in data centres, which involves oversized physical infrastructure to support the IT load, has a negative impact on the overall data centre efficiency. Lee underlined that it results in under-utilisation of equipment, such as servers plugged in 24 hours a day without fully utilised.

“It should be more of a holistic solution mix,” said PS Lee, Deputy Executive Director at Energy Studies Institute.

A local zoom-in and a broader outlook

“Local context is extremely important,” added Lee. He gave an example of the limited landmass in Singapore. While maintaining its larger share and status as the key data centre hub in the ASEAN region, Singapore cannot deploy solar in the country.

“But that doesn’t mean we have to stop looking into this possibility,” he added.

To further the discussion on solutions, he suggested several other technology options in Singapore to decarbonise data centres, including chiller-less high-efficiency liquid cooling system by NUS and Coolest DC, liquid immersion cooling system by Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and chip integrated liquid cooling solution for data centres by Institute of Microelectronics (IME).

From a broader perspective, Valerie Choy, Regional Sales Manager at Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services, stressed the importance of the data centre industry to address sustainability issues by affecting policy changes.

She observed that in the U.S. and Europe, renewable energy buying has gone far beyond data centre customers. However, in emerging markets, there is still a collective force that could drive policy changes and then benefit the wider industry players.

“It shouldn’t be just data centre,” said Choy. “Every industry needs to decarbonise.”

How SMEs can use Cloud to globalise biz

A year on, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect economies all around the world, forcing enterprises to turn towards technology to stay afloat or continue to maintain leadership in their business.

 

The Philippines is no exception. As an emerging market in Southeast Asia, cloud computing is helping small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to set in motion a radical digital transformation journey because many now realise that cloud is the key to diversifying and globalising their corporate footprint for greater returns.

 

Although there are many cloud native startups in the Philippines, there are still many SMEs who feel anxious about migrating to the cloud. Even as this is the case, Rhea Siangko, Cybersecurity, Risk Management and Compliance Manager at logistics firm GEODIS is of the view that it is less about whether enterprises are ready but more about whether they are obliged to given the current socioeconomic circumstances.

She was addressing delegates at W.Media’s Digital Week South East Asia 2021 virtual event.

Siangko cited legislation in the Philippines as an example. “The Philippines’ 2012 Data Privacy Act that requires SMEs to comply with data protection laws could push SMEs to digitalise,” Siangko explains.

 

Moving to the cloud saves money, time and effort

 

One strong selling point that cloud vendors make to hesitant SMEs is that cloud solutions save costs. How so? Henry Nguyen, Senior Manager of Information Security at Fullerton Health, explains.

 

He says that as cloud-based applications have a fast turnaround time, companies do not need to spend money on purchasing and maintaining in-house infrastructure. Next, many cloud services provide on-demand or as-a-Service (aaS) services, meaning that companies can place a ‘one-off order’ for any cloud service depending on the size of their project, and it will be completed as is.

 

Therefore, both these cloud features help save large amounts of money. “What we see is a shift from a capital expenditure model to an operating expenditure model,” Nguyen points out.

 

So which industries stand to benefit most from hopping on to the cloud? Any business where their core business is not in IT but rely heavily on data and analytics, says Siangko.

 

In this context, “startup enterprises in, for example, digital banking, are really slated to be successful when it comes to adopting cloud technologies compared to large corporations, because migration takes time,” adds Leonard Ong, Region Information Security Officer for APAC at GE Healthcare.

 

Infrastructure challenges still lay ahead

 

However, as much as transitioning to the cloud shows itself to be the best digitalisation plan, there are obstacles that need to be addressed.

 

Johnny Sy, Technology Adviser for the Philippine Rotary Magazine, reveals that the biggest cloud challenge that the Philippines faces right now is the country’s telecommunications infrastructure.

 

Compared to its Southeast Asian neighbours, network connectivity in the Philippines still trails behind. As such, e-commerce that is already booming in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia still has much room for penetration in the Philippines.

 

Cloud is about achieving more with less. SMEs should view their journey to the cloud not as a burdensome infrastructure change, but an exciting business opportunity that benefits both the company and its customers.

With high flexibility, smooth deployability, and cost-efficiency, it is a matter of time that SMEs will eventually embrace this next-generation technology and transition to the cloud. The key is to start small and start early, seeemd to be the consensus amongst the panelists.

Vietnam’s Sacombank partners IBM to transform cybersecurity ops centre

Sacombank announces on Friday its further cooperation with IBM in an attempt to transform its Cybersecurity Operations Center (SOC), strengthening the Bank’s information technology security infrastructure.

IBM has proposed Saigon Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Sacombank), ranked as one of the top 50 largest enterprises in Vietnam by VNR500 Ranking, a 3-year roadmap for modernizing and improving SOC. The SOC has been established and initially operated according to international standards from the beginning of 2020.

“Now with IBM world-class expertise and security standards, Phase 2 of the SOC transition will allow us to more effectively detect and protect against cybersecurity threats, ensuring customers’ data to be protected optimally and most securely,” said Tran Thai Binh, Chief Information Officer at Sacombank.

The SOC technology that IBM transferred to Sacombank is equipped with intelligent threat detection capabilities and is powered by IBM’s security analysis platform (IBM QRadar Security Information and Event Management – SIEM), following the same methodology as IBM SOCs worldwide.

The transition plan will focus on deploying new and enhanced existing SOC equipment, including upgrading QRadar infrastructure; integrating Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) tools to create an agile Incident Response (IR) process; preventing against personal uses of information related to threat documents; implementing Qradar Network Insight (QNI) to identify real-time malicious content and attack alerts (Indicators of Attack (IoA)); extending security monitoring to 250 additional log sources, deploying user framework and libraries; as well as conducting an annual review for SOC.

“Cybercriminals are constantly developing cybersecurity attack tactics for financial gains, disrupting or damaging the reputation of businesses,” said Pham Thi Thu Diep, General Director of IBM Vietnam. “In such situations, it is important for businesses to have SOCs with industry-leading technology in place to operate and respond in a timely manner.”

According to the 2020 Cost of a Data Breach Report conducted by IBM and Ponemon Institute, it takes the financial industry about 233 days to detect and defend against cyberattacks. The financial services industry has lost $ 5.85 million due to data breach, ranked third in the average cost of losses among 17 industries studied.

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Xilinx unveils new hardware to accelerate DC performance

IT hardware giant Xilinx has recently unveiled an ‘industry first’ hardware solution for data centers that would supercharge the performance of modern data centers.

 

The new Alveo SN1000 SmartNIC is a composable SmartNIC which essentially has the ability to create, program, and customise network functions without replacing the hardware. This function makes the chip suitable for data centers that handle and maintain high volumes of data under a fast-paced environment.

 

A Smart network interface card (SmartNIC) is a type of processing card that performs a variety of functions for the CPU, such as packet processing.

 

Xilinx’s DC game plan

 

Since its acquisition by chipmaking mega player AMD last year for an industry record-breaking $35 billion, Xilinx has been actively looking to assert a larger presence in the data center industry with new products and solutions.

 

“Data centers are transforming to increase networking bandwidth and optimize for workloads like artificial intelligence and real-time analytics,” said Salil Raje, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Xilinx’s Data Center Group.

 

“These complex, compute-intensive and constantly-evolving workloads are pushing existing infrastructure to its limits and driving the need for fully composable, software-defined hardware accelerators that provide the adaptability to optimize today’s most demanding applications as well as the flexibility to quickly take on new workloads and protocols, and accelerate them at line rate,” he added.

 

The first model of the Alveo SmartNIC family, Alveo SN1022, will be generally available in March 2021.

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How does Singapore’s Data Center Market impact the larger economy?

It is no secret that Singapore is the leading data center market in Southeast Asia, and one of the primary markets in the wider Asia Pacific region — decades of easy access and business-friendly policies have propelled the tiny city state into a meeting point for multinational tech corporations, and that includes some of the industry’s largest data center operators and investors.

So, what is the one largest impact of the data center industry on Singapore’s already bustling economy?

Ajay Sunder, Deputy Director of Strategy at SC-Nex, believes that it is the continued exemplary governance that Singapore takes around data protection and privacy that will make the country a leader in the region. As the volume of data grows, so does the need for stronger policies that guarantee data security. In this, therefore, Singapore can serve as a model for its neighbouring economies, thereby solidifying its position as the data hub of Southeast Asia.

On the other hand, Patrick McCreery, Head of Commercial at Keppel Data Centers, points out that the biggest impact of the data center industry on Singapore’s economy is added capability to develop next-generation technologies.

Data centers are directly tied to the digital ecosystem and infrastructure of a region, and Singapore already has the best conditions for a thriving tech hub. As such, it produces a synergic effect: 5G, AI, and Internet of Things (IoT) can thus be accelerated at greater speed.

Smart City initiatives and data centers

The capability of a data center is closely tied to the success of a smart city, and here is where the presence of data centers has the potential to influence the development of other sectors around it.

Mr. Sundar highlights how the data center industry cuts across the world’s six core sectors — metals, minerals, infrastructure, logistics, digital media, and real estate — making it one that is unique and thus charged with potential. Building a smart city requires a high level of skill in the core sectors, and a talented labour force. If a market has a large pool of talent in the above sectors, we will be able to see considerable growth.

Long story short, a data center enables the economy around it, and in this case, Singapore serves as a shining example.

Singapore’s short and long term challenges

However, this does not mean that Singapore’s data center market is without its challenges. Daryl Dunbar, a Singapore-based tech strategy leader and independent consultant, says that so far, much of next-generation tech skills are still constrained to the US and Western European market. This means that migration of such skills is one challenge that lays ahead if an economy such as Singapore wants to grow bigger.

“There needs to be a localisation of tech skills to allow for further growth,” he said.

Another challenge is sustainability. It is reported that data centers in Singapore consume about 20 percent more energy compared to the global average. Therefore, operators inevitably have to evaluate and improve on energy efficiency for data centers.

According to Mr. Sundar, questions that data center companies should address when going green, include: who their energy partner is, and how energy efficiency can be guaranteed.

“These will determine how operators will be perceived in the industry in the long run,” he added.

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PwC and HKBN Enterprise Solutions join hands to help SMEs combat cyberattacks

PwC Hong Kong and Hong Kong-based IT solutions firm HKBN Enterprise Solutions (HKBNES) have announced a partnership that will help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the island combat growing cybersecurity attacks.

Both companies have reached an agreement whereby HKBNES will provide the Big Four accounting firm a full range of cybersecurity services, including vulnerability assessment, phishing simulation, 7×24 SOC security monitoring, 7×24 remediation management to next-generation managed detection and response (MDR) services.

Kok Tin Gan, Cybersecurity and Privacy Partner at PwC Hong Kong said that the company is “excited” to be offered HKBNES’ suite of services.

“I am confident that PwC and HKBNES will co-solve the SMEs owners’ pain points by empowering more local businesses to enhance their cybersecurity readiness, helping them to build sustainable work modes and sail safe through the rough seas,” he added.

With a clientele of over 100,000 companies, Danny Li, Co-owner and Chief Technology Officer at HKBNES said that the company is here to massively scale its combined strengths with PwC.

“We’re proud to join hands with a world-class partner to bring SMEs a stack of best-in-class, enterprise-grade cybersecurity solutions at affordable rates, so that companies of all sizes can mount adequate security responses as they venture into an increasingly digitised brave new world,” he continued.

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Microsoft to launch first DC region in Indonesia

Microsoft has established its first data centre region in Indonesia.

This, the Tedmond-based tech major has done as part of its Berdayakan Ekonomi Digital Indonesia initiative.

The initiative is seen by Microsoft as a commitment to advancing growth and digital transformation for Indonesia, its developer and startup ecosystem, enterprises and the public sector. The establishment of this data centre is expected to generate investments will up to $6.3 billion for Indonesia and add about 60,000 jobs to the local economy.

The initiative is a collaboration with four universities and the Ministry of Communications and Information. It will also see Microsoft skill an additional 3 million Indonesians to achieve its goal of reaching over 24 million locals by the end of 2021, through its skills programs that are focused on cloud, cybersecurity, and AI.

“Microsoft’s investment to establish local data centres, digital skilling, and collaboration with the Government of Indonesia will support local innovation, economic recovery, and digital transformation,” Indonesia’s Minister of Communication and Information Johnny G Plate said.

“The Ministry of Communication and Information welcomes Microsoft’s plans to establish a local data centre region with highly secure and compliant cloud services, which will benefit local businesses, government, and individuals across all sectors.

“We also welcome Microsoft’s commitment to increase the capacity of Indonesian digital talent across all skill levels.”

Microsoft has over 60 data centre regions, globally. The Indonesian facility will feature Azure Availability Zones, which are unique physical locations equipped with independent power, network, and cooling. It will also support the company’s sustainability goals, including its commitment to shift to 100% supply of renewable energy in Microsoft data centres by 2025.

Microsoft has around 150 employees and 7,000 partners across Indonesia’s 17,000 islands.

Filipino and Thai telcos partner to bring 5G roaming

Globe Telecom, a major provider of telecommunications services in the Philippines, has announced its collaboration with roaming ally and Thailand’s largest telecom operator, Advanced Info Service Plc (AIS), to launch 5G roaming service in Thailand this Monday (February 22).

The service is said to deliver “an ultra-fast and worry-free roaming experience” for users coming to this country amidst ever-increasing demand for better connectivity, which got accelerated by the pandemic.

“Although travelling may be challenging at the moment, we recognize that some Filipinos will find it necessary to leave the safety of their homes to fulfil important obligations abroad,” said KD Dizon, Globe’s Head for Consumer Mobile Business. “As such, they are assured of instant and seamless connectivity wherever they are with Globe’s 5G roaming service.”

Roaming is a popular telecommunications concept that 2G/3G/4G subscribers have already enjoyed in the past decade, allowing the subscribers to use their mobile services outside of the home networks or the service provider’s coverage area.

Using 5G-powered smartphones while travelling, Globe users can enjoy HD quality video calls and live streaming on social media with 5G’s ultra-fast speeds and uninterrupted connection within any 5G-ready areas in which cross-border operators agree to share accesses.

During the outbreak of COVID-19, Thailand is the first country in ASEAN launching 5G commercial services, followed by Vietnam and the Philippines, as opposed to analysts’ previous predictions of them lagging behind in the region. The 5G stand-alone service of AIS has reached all 77 Thai provinces since last August.

Currently, as Globe is working towards rolling out its 5G roaming services in more key markets in Asia, Middle East, North America, and Europe with the help of its roaming partners, Globe subscribers travelling overseas can enjoy the benefit of 5G network in various parts of the world in the near future.

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Samsung begins mass production of SSDs for hyperscale data centers

Tech conglomerate Samsung has announced that it has begun mass production of its most advanced line of data center chips.

Dubbed the PM9A3, the SSD is built with the company’s sixth-generation V-NAND memory technology, a cell layer stacking method that increases the volume of data a chip is capable of carrying. PM9A3 has a sequential write speed of 3000MB/s, a 40 percent higher random read speed of 750,000 IOPS and a 150 percent higher random write speed of 160,000 IOPS.

Input/output per second (IOPS) is the measurement unit for how fast SSDs and hard drives are able to read and process data.

In terms of write speed, the chip is also 50 percent more energy efficient compared to its predecessors at 283MB/s per watt, making it highly suitable for modern data center facilities that place emphasis on green, renewable sources.

Why are SSDs so important?

SSDs form the core of a high capacity data center. Exponential cloud and 5G growth on a global scale means a demand for more data centers due to a need to store higher volumes of data, and this means a need for more powerful SSDs.

“Wider 5G deployment and accelerating growth in IoT devices are fuelling a hyperconnected lifestyle, driving the demand for more sophisticated hyperscale data centers,” said Cheolmin Park, Vice President of Memory Product Planning at Samsung.

“Providing an optimal mix of performance, power, reliability and firmware, we believe our new PM9A3 will help advance today’s data center storage technologies and expand the market for OCP-compliant SSDs.” he added.

On top of that, the PM9A3 is equipped with security features including user data encryption and authentication, and secure boot and anti-rollback mechanisms to block out unauthorised malware and ensure robust data protection.

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Vietnam rolls out IPv6 For Gov, ready for 5G and Smart City plans

The Ministry of Information and Communications of Vietnam (MIC) has announced a national program on Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) transition for state agencies (IPv6 For Gov) during the period 2021-2025, replacing the older IPv4 protocol.

IPv6 is the Internet’s latest addressing scheme and essential for 5G adoption, e-government implementation, and massive digital transformation.

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Huy Dung said that by 2022, half of the ministries, agencies, and localities are set to adopt IPv6 transitional plans and successfully shift towards IPv6.

A full transition is expected to be completed by 2025, with a nationwide adoption reaching 70-80 per cent.

The programme is rolled out in parallel with a plan to upgrade and modernize Vietnam’s IT systems, synchronously connect the Internet, online portals, and public service portals of state agencies to ensure information security, develop digital infrastructure, and enhance the Internet’s capacity to meet people and businesses’ demands on accessing state services via IPv6.

By December 2020, Vietnam has 11 million Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) subscribers and more than 34 million IPv6 mobile subscribers, with the IPv6 usage rate surpassing 47% (1.7 times the global average), ranked 2nd in the ASEAN region, 3rd in Asia, and 8th globally, according to the global intelligent edge platform Akamai.

The IPv6 services in Vietnam are currently provided by four telecommunication giants Viettel Group, VNPT Group, MobiFone, and FPT Telecom. The first three companies are also approved by MIC for piloting 5G commercialization in Vietnam.

With the early deployment of 5G services, Cisco predicts that Vietnam could reach roughly 6.3 million 5G subscribers by 2025 and increase the revenue of mobile service providers by about $300 million per year.

As a part of the Ministry’s strategy on the development of information and communications sector, apart from the IPv6 For Gov program, the Ministry also sets out plans to support the formation of at least three smart cities in the country in 2021, proceeding to establish a chain of smart cities in three key economic regions (Northern, Central, and Southern Vietnam) with extensive 5G coverage.

Huawei launches APAC’s first smartphone lab in Singapore

Huawei Technologies has launched a brand new regional lab in Singapore, its first in the Asia Pacific region.

Named DigiX Lab, the $40 million (SGD52.8 million) facility located at Changi Business Park will function as a one-stop consultation center for developers, offering support for next-generation technologies such as AR, VR, and AI.

This means that app developers are able to test their applications and services on Huawei’s mobile devices before launching them.

“In the era of 5G, Huawei aims to build a connected world with HMS that empowers developers to innovate as they build their business,” said Mr. Shan Xuefeng, Director of Asia Pacific at Huawei’s Consumer Cloud Service.

Mr. Nicholas Ma, Chief Executive of Huawei International, added that the lab serves as an example of Huawei “doubling down on future growth in Singapore.”

Its first in APAC, DigiX Lab is Huawei’s second in the world after the first in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Deepening ties in Southeast Asia

DigiX Lab is one of many steps that Huawei is taking to strengthen its presence in Southeast Asia’s tech ecosystem. The company has recently signed a deal with the Malaysian government to construct the region’s first cybersecurity lab.

In Thailand, Huawei has also been actively providing support for both public and private sectors to push for greater digital transformation in AI, cloud, and Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

DreamMark1: Shaping Korea’s tech dreams

South Korean technology solutions provider DreamMark1 is planning to expand its operations.

As a part of this initiative, DreamMark 1 is increasing its server footprint, in excess of 400 racks and an ICT floor, for an exclusive high electric power zone this year.

Along with this expansion, it is also planning to upgrade its existing Internet Data Centre (IDC) facilities including sourcing a site and starting construction for new hyperscale level 2 IDC in 2021.

This means that DreamMark1 will make a shift towards becoming a total ICT solution platform company in 2021.

“We will provide integrated IT solutions through consulting, deployment, operations, and service management, expanding our Cloud offerings to include multi-cloud and AI solutions this year,” said Mr. Ji Chang Yu, CEO of DreamMark1.

In this era of hyper-globalization and hyper-connectivity, DreamMark1 pursues the business of a total ICT solution platform company that provides the optical network infrastructure for AI, big data, cloud, 5G service providers, and the cloud MSP for data storage, management, processing. DreamMark1 is moving forward with limitless connectivity between customers and neutral IDC’s including zero-contact solutions in the period of Fourth industrial revolution, popularly referred to as Industry 4.0.

As a first in South Korea, DreamMark1 has self-built a 57,000 km optical cable carrier neutral operator, accessible to all customers. “Based on the expertise of 56 computer centers in Korea for more than two decades, this IDC has been optimized from both technology and operational perspective,” said Mr. Ji Chang Yu.

Located in Seoul, DreamMark1 IDC has excellent access to airports, finance, and communication channels. Its customers are also the only ones who have access to it, ensuring maximum security. The Data Centre’s presence gives an option to build affordable, competitive networks in any region of choice.

Furthermore, DreamMark 1 also has plans to launch a multi-cloud hub service launch, as well as expanding its Asia-oriented network service business through Hong Kong/Japan POP configuration. It is also a Global Cloud Provider (GCP) which provides its own VPC service.  “We want to expand the 2nd IDC and DCI services as a hub in East Asia,” said Mr. Ji Chang Yu.

Running a world-class IDC

As COVID-19 wreaked havoc amongst lives and livelihoods globally, governments were forced to come up with fiscal incentives to help people navigate this situation. Recently, the South Korean government launched a range of fiscal stimulus measures. One such measure was the “Digital New Deal”, which aims to rewrite Korea- from eco-friendly automobiles to sustainable living.

This involves the Korean government’s plans to invest capital and support the creation of 903,000 jobs. With the aim to accelerate the transition towards a digital economy, investment will focus on the integration of Data, Network and AI (DNA) throughout the economy.

In line with this, through dedicated lines that connect major Data Centres with NNI investments, DreamMark1 aims to expand customers’ dedicated OP room for the convenience of operation, as a completely neutral Data Centre.

Domestic data consumption will experience high growth and domestic IP traffic is to increase about 2.5 times by 2022 compared to 4.6 exabytes per month in 2017, according to Savills Research. The 5G technology market on active commercial adoption is forecast to expand by 62 per cent annually on average during the next five years to 2025. The domestic OTT market is also expected to grow annually at an average rate of 28 per cent from 2014 to 2020. In addition, domestic cloud service spending is forecast to grow at an average annual rate of 18 per cent to 2022 compared to 2018.

Additionally, according to Cisco, IP traffic in the Asia-Pacific region is forecast to rise at an average annual rate of 32 per cent from 2017 to 2022, and its proportion of the worldwide total will continue to rise during the same period. Factors contributing to more data usage in Asia-Pacific include high bandwidth connectivity for smartphones and the internet, the adoption of wearable devices and the emergence of autonomous vehicles, the Cisco report said. “We can play a role as a Digital Data Hub to lead the data industry market in Asia by a surge in digital IT demand and expanding digital infrastructure construction integrated with Fourth industrial revolution technologies such as AI, cloud, network, and AR/VR, said Mr. Ji Chang Yu, CEO.

Post COVID-19, the requirement for hyperscale data centers is on the rise. Research firm Technavio, which has been monitoring the hyperscale data center market in recent research pointed out that the hyperscale data center market is poised to grow by $62.89 billion during 2020-2024, which translates to a CAGR of over 21 per cent. The surge in cloud adoption is one of the major factors driving the market. The market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will accelerate during the forecast period. Alphabet Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Equinix Inc., Facebook Inc., Global Switch Holdings Ltd., Intel Corp., Marvell Technology Group Ltd., Microsoft Corp., and NVIDIA are some of the major market players.

The global Data Centre market is expected to clock significant growth on rising data traffic volumes at an average rate of 11 per cent from 2017 to 2022, according to reports. The growth of hyperscale Data Centres in terms of numbers globally has doubled from 338 in 2016 to 628 in 2021.

The efforts of companies such as DreamMark1 need to be seen from Asia’s fourth-largest economy’s efforts to continue attracting investments. South Korea is emerging as a major Data Centre market for multinational companies and it is also seen as a key position to target surrounding countries. With its highly-developed and advanced telecommunications infrastructure, South Korea will continue to attract Data Centre investment. Market research firm Gartner has forecasted robust growth in demand for South Korea’s colocation services.

Korea is a leader in 5G technology and has a well-developed ICT infrastructure, and a rapidly growing cloud services market. The term hyperscale refers to a computer architecture’s ability to scale in proportion to the increased computing demand. Scaling some part of our computer architecture typically means increasing computing ability, memory, networking infrastructure, or storage resources.

In such a scenario, hyperscale Data Centres capable of supporting global demand, can accelerate the growth of the domestic Data Centre market.

 

Feel free to visit DreamMark1’s website to know more.

 


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Australia’s Vault Cloud and Aruba form cloud security alliance

Australian cloud vendor Vault Cloud has announced a partnership with US-based Aruba to strengthen the company’s network control system for its public service clients.

The collaboration will see Vault Cloud leverage Aruba’s policy management platform, ClearPass to keep networks secure.

Vault Cloud’s very own Network Policy Manager as-a-Service (NPMaaS) solution will also be adopting Aruba’s Zero Trust Security offering, which enables wired and wireless devices on a network to be easily identified and assigned identity-based policies to keep corporate and campus networks safe.

“We are incredibly proud to be partnering with Vault Cloud to deliver a faster and more secure network control system for our public sector,” said Pat Devlin, Director of Aruba South Pacific (ANZ).

“The partnership will not only see the ClearPass experience further streamline user network connectivity across the public sector to those who need it most, but it will fundamentally transform how government personnel work and operate across the state,” he added.

Linton Burling, General Manager of Vault Cloud said that the partnership will enable full mobility for participating government agencies in the state of New South Wales.

“This new infrastructure is designed and tested to support these emergency service workers and government agencies to do their job wherever it may be, in their quest to help keep Australians safe,” he said.

“We are dedicated to continually enhancing our cloud solutions in response to a rapidly evolving and sophisticated IT landscape,” Mr. Burling added.

Iron Mountain to expand DC footprint in India

Storage and information management services company Iron Mountain has entered into an agreement to form a joint venture with Web Werks, a colocation data center provider to expand its footprint in India.

The NYSE listed firm is planning to invest $150 million over the next two years, and anticipates being the majority investor in the venture after the investment period. The first phase of the transaction is expected to close within the next 90 days subject to customary closing conditions.

Web Werks operates three Tier 3, carrier-neutral data centers, in Mumbai, Pune and Delhi NCR. This investment enables Web Werks to immediately expand its operations in its three existing markets and subsequently expand into Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai.

Iron Mountain Data Centers is making this investment to support its existing hyperscale, network, content and enterprise customers looking to expand and scale in the rapidly growing pan-India region.

With a combined footprint of 225,000 square feet, Web Werks houses 6 worldwide Points of Presence (POPs), provides 4 megawatts (MW) of capacity, supports 6,000 servers and supports 850 clients. Web Werks also provides access to a robust, neutral interconnection ecosystem of carrier, content and cloud providers including over 160 Internet Service Providers (ISP) and 6 Internet Exchanges.

As market leaders in hyper-connected data centers, Web Werks supports a broad base of well-known brands including: Enterprises, Banking, Financial Services, Insurance (BFSI), and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who require the ability to efficiently and effectively scale their businesses.

“This investment reflects Iron Mountain’s commitment to invest in high growth, good return global markets to continue to meet our customers’ requirements. The India data centre market is projected to grow rapidly in the coming years and we are excited to be an early mover into a market where the demand is high and the supply is low,” said Mark Kidd, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Iron Mountain Data Centers.

“Web Werks has a highly respected and seasoned leadership team and we are delighted to not only support their continued growth and success, but also to provide our existing Iron Mountain data center customers access to this growing and thriving market,” he added.

India is the second-largest telecommunications market in the world. According to a recent report by JLL, India’s Colocation data centre market size is expected to grow from 375MW in H1 2020 to 1,078MW by 2025, registering a CAGR of 21 per cent.

According to the December 2020, Global Data Centre Colocation & Interconnection report by Structure Research (SR), the Asia Pacific region will account for half of the global colocation market by 2025 driven by large emerging markets like India.

The SR report also recognizes Mumbai and Pune as key opportunity markets in India with combined projected MW of built-out critical IT load capacity growth to reach over 470MW by 2025.

“India provides an important next step in expanding our Asia Pacific footprint. We have seen very strong regional demand from our global customers following the grand opening of our Singapore data center, SIN-1, in 2019,” stated Michael Goh, General Manager Asia Pacific at Iron Mountain Data Centers

“Joining forces with the Iron Mountain Data Center team will further solidify Web Werk’s leadership position in the pan-India region and among the broader set of global customers,” said Nikhil Rathi, CEO, Web Werks. The Joint Venture is expected to be among the select few data center operators with assets across all major cities and also have both Hyperscale and dense interconnection expertise, he added.

Deutsche Bank acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Web Werks on the fund raise. Khaitan & Co and EY acted as the exclusive advisors to Web Werks respectively.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and PWC India acted as advisors to Iron Mountain on this transaction. JLL acted as an introducing partner to both parties.

Cloud adoption in SEA remains “Politically Agnostic”

As the world gears up to welcome a post-pandemic normal informed by digitalisation, data centres have proven themselves to be the backbone that carries a cloud-based society.

In this context, Southeast Asia has emerged as a strong player competing for unprecedented growth in the global data centre market.

The world’s cloud figures and where SEA stands

According to research and consulting firm Structure Research, revenue from the world’s biggest cloud providers saw a massive year-on-year jump in Q4, 2020: revenue for Microsoft’s Azure went up 17 per cent, AWS 28 per cent, and Google Cloud reported a spike of 47 per cent.

How about major cloud providers from China? Despite sustained growth in Asia, Tencent, Huawei Cloud, Alibaba Cloud still face limited global penetration. This is where the Southeast Asian market comes in.

Addressing participants at W.Media’s Digital Week keynote, Kevin Imboden, Director of Research at market research firm Cushman and Wakefield, pointed out that Southeast Asia remains “politically agnostic” when it comes to the cloud adoption wars between US and China. Also, as such, the region has now become a battleground for these companies aiming to capture a larger slice of the data centre market.

Four key markets, Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, are set to establish data centres with a total of 400 MW of capacity this year. Imboden also said that secondary markets throughout the region are gaining much interest from both operators and investors, including Seoul, Osaka, Jakarta, and Kuala Lumpur.

“While certain secondary markets are more developed than others, latent demand exists as companies move through their IT transformation process,” he added.

 

Singapore remains as SEA’s digital hub, but challenges in store

It’s hard not to talk about Southeast Asia’s data centre market without mentioning Singapore. The city state remains as the region’s mega-connectivity hub for data centres thanks to its corporate-friendly policies.

However, two significant challenges that Singapore has to address are the island’s land shortage when it comes to building more data center facilities, and energy efficiency that follows from new data centres.

Keppel, a Singaporean conglomerate firm has been consistent with its efforts in developing renewable energy systems for its data centres. It is also said that the Singaporean government is also looking into sourcing renewable energy from its neighbour Malaysia.

 

Other Southeast Asia markets

Singapore’s neighbors are equally primed to become lucrative markets in the near future. Jakarta already has several big name data center operators constructing facilities in the region, including NTT, SpaceDC, and Keppel. Microsoft, Amazon, and Google have gained conditional approval from the Malaysian government to construct hyperscale data centers, which will generate an estimated $3.7 billion (RM15 billion) for the country.

In all, Southeast Asia remains as an attractive destination for both operators and investors in the data center industry. With an abundance of land and water resources as well as a highly concentrated population, there is much to be explored and expanded.

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“Know” your data before achieving Data Sovereignty: SEA experts say

Data sovereignty, data residency and data localization are among the most hotly debated topics worldwide. Addressing the challenges, experts at W.Media’s Digital Week in South East Asia 2021 consider data classification as the main concern before rolling out any data protection policies for organizations and for countries.

According to Deloitte’s “Data and privacy protection in ASEAN” report, ASEAN is the gateway for an estimated $5.3 trillion of global trade each year and achieves one of the highest Internet and mobile penetration in the world with nearly four million new users expected to come online every month over the next five year. This comes with a great number of cybersecurity risks that may threaten the socio-economic growth of the region.

In Malaysia, the government and companies are stepping up the game with attempts to practice holistic protection and compliance policies on data.

Sina Manavi, Malaysian Senior Manager at Information Security Governance of AIA Group, said that Malaysian government was trying to invite investors to invest in cloud within the country and encourage local companies to build their own cloud service providers.

“I can tell that’s a good advantage because then we don’t need to have so much dependency on tech giant companies such as AWS or Google Cloud,” he said. “But basically, data security is not only about protection, it’s about the entire data life-cycle.”

In two contradict scenarios, data can be stored in a country, but used inside another country, and vice versa. Therefore, by data life-cycle, Manavi focused on the entire end-to-end process from the time and place that organizations create, process and store data.

“Given a certain dimension, we need to do the data classification. When you get to know your data, you can manage it properly,” said Manavi, underlining that as data is now mostly stored and managed unstructured, data classification of each single file and having a comprehensive data classification inventory remain significant challenges of the industry.

“You need to understand what is classified as public or private data,” added Sureendhran Subramaniam, Global Head of Cloud and Automation at British American Tobacco. “Then based on the data classification, you can be helped with the guidelines of GDPR and CSA to actually streamline or group the data as to looking at where it needs to be hosted.”

As a part of those challenges, Tanvinder Singh, Director of Cybersecurity and Privacy at PwC, also mentioned the overlap of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT), which results in the misuse of technologies in tracking people and scraping personal data without consent during business processes.

“As they [IT and OT] are getting connected, I think we opened up that highway where anybody can misuse the access and OT has not been developed with keeping security in mind,” Singh said.

From a country perspective, the question is around mismatching between different regulations, especially when the world is not having one global governance framework to manage data.

“Make sure your partners understand your business, understand your organization, and understand the laws locally and globally,” said Subramaniam. “We got the policies, and what we need to achieve to make sure that it fits the different countries in terms of sovereignty and localization.”

South Korea is spending $607 million on cybersecurity

South Korea is pouring in $607 million by 2023 to beef up the country’s cybersecurity capabilities.

The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology made the announcement on Thursday (18th February) in response to growing cybersecurity threats, according to local newswire Yonhap News Agency.

With this, the Ministry has also revealed several measures that the government will take to bolster its cybersecurity policies.

First, by working with major cloud and data center providers, South Korea aims to develop infrastructure that will quickly respond to cyber threats, such as collecting information about cyber attacks in real-time and notifying companies of such occurrences.

Next, the Ministry plans to expand the volume of cyber threat information that it collects to include data from major social networking platforms, virtual services from different sectors such as education and healthcare, and the dark web.

The Ministry said that it hopes to reduce the rate of cybersecurity violations experienced by local companies from 2 percent to 1.3 percent by 2023.

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BetaShares will offer Australia’s first cloud computing ETF

BetaShares, one of the main ETF providers in Australia is now offering ETFs of cloud computing companies.

An ETF, or an exchange traded fund, is a basket of securities — bonds, commodities, stocks — that can be bought and sold in the stock market. If you invest in an ETF, you are spreading your money in a range of different stocks, thereby diversifying your investment portfolio.

Named BetaShares Cloud Computing ETF, the new ETF is now trading with the ticker code CLDD on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). As of now, major cloud-based companies including Zoom, Shopify, and Dropbox will be on the ETF.

“Cloud computing has been one of the strongest-growing segments of the technology sector, and given much of the world’s digital data and software applications are still maintained outside the cloud, continued strong growth has been forecast,” wrote BetaShares on its official website.

The company also states that by investing in a cloud ETF, investors will be able to obtain diverse and cost-effective exposure to the cloud computing industry in Australia, one that is still underrepresented in the ASX.

The ETF requires no minimum investment, and clients can buy and sell units just like any other share on the ASX. Globally, ETFs tracking the SaaS sector have outperformed the broader market in 2020. The Global X Cloud Computing ETF has climbed 63.4 per cent in 2020 and has gained 5.7 per cent since the start of 2021 (as of 17 February’s close), according to data from CMC Markets.

HK Govt gives 5G a nod

Hong Kong is set to give a boost to digital infratructure, as it seeks to kickstart growth back in a pandemic-hit economy.

Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po in his Budget address said: “To boost digital infrastructure, the government will press ahead with fifth-generation (5G) telecommunications by supporting the development of networks and applications, releasing more 5G spectrums in different frequency bands and facilitating the setup of radio base stations. The government will relocate satellite stations in Tai Po and provide land at Chung Hom Kok Teleport for the development of infrastructure for external telecommunications facilities.”

AI Push

Further the Hong Kong government will launch 20 tech and AI laboratories.

The first 20 laboratories, formed under the InnoHK Research Clusters for health technologies and artificial intelligence, located at the Hong Kong Science Park in Sha Tin, will begin operations in the first quarter of this year, Chan said.

He also added that HK$4.8 billion will be injected to the Innovation and Technology Fund annually in the coming two years to support the 17 schemes it backs and the work of over 50 research and development laboratories.

InnoCell, a smart living and co-creation space next to the Science Park, was completed last year and could provide around 500 residential spaces for research personnel at the park. Leasing activities would commence and a trial run held in the first half of this year, he said.

Governments across Asia such as Singapore and Korea have put in place strategies to push digital infrastructure, as COVID-19 has forced businesses to adopt new ways of doing business.

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Malaysia and Huawei are building Southeast Asia’s first 5G cybersecurity lab

Malaysia is working with Chinese tech giant Huawei to build Southeast Asia’s first 5G cybersecurity test lab.

CyberSecurity Malaysia, an agency under the country’s Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, announced the collaboration with Huawei and local telco Celcom Axiata Berhad.

Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Communications and Multimedia, said that the test lab will be a comprehensive test bed for 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) security, and offer cybersecurity services for mobile applications and hardware evaluation.

Dato Dr. Amirudin Abdul Wahab, CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia, said that the collaboration between his organisation and Huawei aims to deepen the ties between both parties.

“CyberSecurity Malaysia and Huawei are developing a strategic collaboration framework in cybersecurity governance, cybersecurity talent development and on establishing cybersecurity standards and certification in Malaysia to position itself as the first regional cybersecurity center of excellence,” he continued.

Malaysia’s willingness to work with Huawei is in line with the government’s recent announcement of MyDigital, a new digital economy blueprint that aims to transform the nation into a digitally advanced, high-income nation by 2025.

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Airtel and Qualcomm collaborate for 5G in India

 

Indian communications solutions provider Bharti Airtel will collaborate with Qualcomm Technologies for accelerating 5G in India.

Through Airtel’s network vendors and device partners, Airtel will utilise the Qualcomm 5G RAN Platforms to roll-out virtualized and Open RAN-based 5G networks. Airtel, as a board member of the O-RAN Alliance, is committed to driving the success of O-RAN and is working with Qualcomm Technologies to explore and implement the O-RAN approach for India.

The flexible and scalable architecture of O-RAN will create new opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses to become viable players in the deployment of 5G networks.

Recently, Airtel claimed that it became India’s first telco to demonstrate 5G over a LIVE commercial network in the city of Hyderabad.

In addition, Airtel and Qualcomm Technologies will collaborate to enable a wide array of use cases, including 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) that is designed to deliver broadband connectivity at Gigabit speeds to homes and businesses. This collaboration also aims to allow a faster rollout of broadband services in a cost effective and expeditious manner across India for “last mile” connectivity challenges that are becoming increasingly important in today’s remote, mobile-first society.

Airtel 5G solutions including FWA services will be able to deliver multi-gigabit internet speeds wirelessly to customers and open up a wide range of innovations. For customers, the ultra-fast and low latency of 5G will unlock a digital world of limitless possibilities – gigabit size file downloads in seconds and 4K video streaming on the go across smartphones and computing devices, Immersive Technologies such as Virtual Reality and SMART Homes with connected things.

Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel said, “Airtel has been a pioneer of new technologies and our networks are fully ready for 5G. We are delighted to have Qualcomm Technologies as a key technology provider in our journey to roll-out world-class 5G in India. With Airtel’s integrated service portfolio and Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G leadership, we will be well placed to usher India into the next era of hyper-fast and ultra-low latency digital connectivity.”

Rajen Vagadia, Vice President, QUALCOMM India Private Limited and President, Qualcomm India said, “There is a compelling case to accelerate the roll-out of 5G networks in India, as it will help fast-track the country’s socio-economic growth and development. We are pleased to be working with Airtel, and we are excited by the opportunity ahead. This collaboration is expected to play a critical role in Airtel’s plans to add 5G network coverage and capacity where and when it is needed the most.”

Despite boom, Data Centre industry faces talent shortages in SEA

Data centre is a fast-growing industry with state-of-the-art technology applications, especially after the data challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The internet-related service usage during the lockdown has made it possible for the rising demand of data centres worldwide. According to a recent report from ResearchandMarkets.com, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, data centre has become a booming market across the globe with an expected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 2 per cent during the period 2019-2025.

In another report, South East Asia is witnessing an even more promising outlook with an estimated CAGR of over 6 per cent during the same period.

However, one of the after effects of this boom is a shortage of talent for operating data centres with essentially high-tech skill sets.

“Data centre industry is very exciting with a lot of new technologies, but it’s also quite a heavy industry,” said Edward van Leent, Chairman and CEO of UK-based energy consultancy EPI Group, at W.Media’s Digital Week in South East Asia 2021. “Because there’s a lot of turnovers, I think some of the shortage is created in the industry.”

Leent added that the jobs in data centers cause staff a lot of stresses with complaints about errors every day or even during the holiday. People tend to leave jobs after a few years and move into other industries.

“But what I get from practice is that you can get people, but to get the right skill sets, it becomes a problem,” he said. In developing countries, the lack of high-quality experts on data centres is a looming challenge.

For example, Vietnam, placed 15th in Asia in terms of digital quality of life as per a global report in 2020. It is now home to about 27 cloud computing data centres, invested in by 11 domestic firms with more than 270,000 servers.

Though the number is expected to increase by more than 60 per cent in the next three years, the staffing of highly skilled engineers who are able to operate those centres at an international standard is still under question.

“All over Vietnam, only three people have the CDCE (Certified Data Center Expert) certificates,” stated Binh Vu, general secretary and CEO of Vietnam Internet Association.

The choice of bringing overseas experts to consult local operations is critical, but as the pandemic is still threatening, in-person collaborations are impossible in every part of the world. Remote monitoring and remote management, therefore, become more prominent in the data centre industry.

“I think there’s a big shift in the whole market, where remote working becomes more acceptable,” said Leent. “The need for many of the people on-site moves towards a different balance that we have now.”

Employing people from overseas will come in hand with legal issues, for example, tax regulations. Still, he believed that the industry would be less dependent on local factors for the coming period.

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NTT Ltd to invest $180 mn in Tamil Nadu

NTT plans to invest around $180 million) in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Sharad Sanghi, CEO of NTT Ltd said that the company will use this investment to expand its Data Centre footprint in India. “We are setting up a Data Centre Park spread over 6 acres of land,” he said.

In May 2020, NTT had purchased this land in Ambattur Industrial Estate to accomodate 2 Data Centres with a combined power capacity in excess of 50 MW.  “We plan to start construction of first park in 2021,” satated Sanghi.

In September, NTT Limited had said that is planning to invest $2 billion in the next four years for building additional data centres, solar parks and investing in its undersea cable network.

The investments will go into providing co-location services, setting up of multiple solar parks, expansion into cities such as Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru and construction of the optical submarine cable, connecting Singapore, Myanmar and India. “We are increasing our footprint seeing a significant growth in demand for IT infrastructure related needs in the country,” said Sanghi.

Investments are already underway in its new undersea cable project called MIST, which stands for Myanmar Malaysia India Singapore Transit. This project is slated to be operational by third quarter of 2022.

“It will improve communications infrastructure across the Indian Ocean,” Sanghi said. MIST has total design capacity of more than 216 TeraBits per second, 12 Fibre Pair, spread over 8000 kilometers. The landing point will be at Chennai and Mumbai.

NTT Ltd’s Global Data Centers and Cloud Infrastructure division in India currently operates with 10 data centers across 4 major cities with 1.5 million sq. ft. and over 150 MW of power capacity.

According to 451 Research, the data center market in India is growing at 23 per cent CAGR due to increased demand from global cloud providers and a proposed data sovereignty law by the Indian government, as well as other geopolitical factors.

DCs turn to innovative cooling tech

As Data Centre adoption explodes in the Asia Pacific region, newer forms of cooling are emerging in the horizon, adoption of which is key to drive the sustainability agenda.

One of the key things to consider with Data Centre infrastructure is cooling. Addressing the W.Media’s Digital Week keynote, esteemed US Data Centre veteran Dale Sartor from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory spoke in detail on the new developments in Warm Water Cooling, which he believes can transform energy efficiency in Data Centres.

“There are many benefits. Using Warm Water Cooling can improve energy efficiencies, lowers Total Cost of Ownersip (TCO), improves reliability of systems, lowers operating costs and reduces capital costs,” he said.

Generally speaking, liquid cooling in Data Centres can be implemented with a broad range of technologies. These technologies range from transferring heat to a liquid which is far from the source. For example, Computer Room Air Handlers (CRAHs)) to immersion cooling where the heat transfer takes place on the surface of the hot electronic components, said Sartor.

In general, when the heat is transferred close to the source the cooling liquid supply can be warmer and still provide the needed cooling. The increased efficiency is driven by improved chiller performance and greatly improved opportunity for free cooling.

This assumes significance as many giants in the technology world such as Google and Microsoft, it is a ‘strategic asset’. Sartor also pointed out that this technology was there in the 50s at the beginning of Data Centre adoption but faded out. “People did not want water/liquid in their Data Centres,” he explained.

Most liquid-cooled solutions are hybrid technologies where only a part of the heat load is removed by the liquid. The remaining load is removed by traditional air cooling.

Thus, liquid cooling solutions that transfer heat near the source generally incur additional cost compared to air-cooled IT equipment in a standard rack. Also, these additional costs may substantially offset by the improved energy efficiency and potential capital savings of a final solution that includes liquid cooling near the heat source, pointed out Sartor.

Another logic in favour of Warm Water Cooling has to do with the fact that a chiller won’t be needed or in some cases can be significantly reduced. Also, lesser number of conversions with regard to AC/DC also helps. “As density of servers have increased this cooling technology will come in handy,” opined Sartor.

Like CRAH, InRow technology, which is a Schneider Electric (APC) trade mark is also finding takers. In this, hot air is pulled from the hot equipment aisle, cooled (chilled water), and returned into the cold equipment aisle. Another manufacturer provides an in-row type of unit that uses pumped refrigerant.

Either hot aisle or cold aisle containment will work with this technology. These in-row units are often controlled with variable speed fans and integrated controls.

Sartor also touched upon immersion cooling, in which the electronics are submerged in a non-conducting fluid. This technology can efficiently cool high-density electronics in Data Centres without the need for compressor-based cooling.

Since this system operates well using high temperature coolant, dry coolers can be used for heat rejection to the atmosphere, thereby eliminating evaporative water use almost anywhere in the world. “Liquid immersion cooling, especially with phase change ‘two-phase immersion cooling’, is a paradigm shift in the way electronics are cooled,” he said.

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Adani sets up Joint Venture with EdgeConneX

Adani Enterprises has set up a 50:50 Joint Venture (JV) with EdgeConneX, a leading global Data Centre operator.

Adani Enterprises is the flagship company of the Adani Group and EdgeConneX operates 50 facilities in 30 markets around the world. The JV will develop and operate Data Centres throughout India, leveraging the two partners complementary expertise and capabilities.

The move is expected to address the rapidly growing need for high- quality and reliable IT infrastructure as companies increasingly adopt digital. In line with this, both organisations are committed to investing significant capital into the joint venture over the next decade to build out India’s leading green Data Centre platform, they said.

Further, this pan-Indian platform of hyperscale and hyperlocal Data Centres will largely be powered by renewable energy.

In addition to operating full scale Data Centres, AdaniConneX will also develop a portfolio of Edge Data Centres strategically located throughout India that will support the need for more proximate capacity. These Edge sites are designed and planned to easily scale with demand and become full scale Data Centre campuses.

“In Adani, we have the ideal partner in India,” said Randy Brouckman, CEO of EdgeConneX. “They possess the necessary capabilities and unique expertise in India required to build out critical digital infrastructure that can best support our customers across the entire country. We look forward to investing in the digital economy of India and meeting our customers’ needs throughout the region in collaboration with Adani.”

The partnership will leverage Adani’s expertise in full-stack energy management, renewable power and real estate development, as well as its experience in building and managing large infrastructure projects throughout India.

“One of the best manifestations of our Prime Minister’s Digital India vision is the speed with which the entire Indian population has come online and the subsequent continued exponential growth in data consumption,” said Gautam Adani, Chairman of the Adani Group. “India currently has one of world’s largest data subscriber population and to address the need for a reliable infrastructure to support Cloud, Content, Network, IoT, 5G, AI and enterprise requirements, Data Centres are a fundamental infrastructure need of a nation. The Adani Group brings to the table a unique combination of green power, real estate expertise, access to undersea cable landing stations, and several nodes across the country that will serve as edge locations. In addition to EdgeConneX’s domain expertise and cutting-edge technology in the Data Centre business, we have been very impressed with the agility they bring to the joint venture.”

The AdaniConneX JV will focus on building a network of hyperscale data centers in India, starting with the Chennai, Navi Mumbai, Noida, Vizag and Hyderabad markets. Development and construction at these sites have already begun, the company said.

IBM and Tech Mahindra join hands to create hybrid cloud system

IBM and Tech Mahindra on Tuesday said they are deepening their collaboration, especially in areas like 5G, hybrid cloud, automation and cybersecurity, as the two tech giants work towards building a billion-dollar ecosystem over the next three years.

Some key initiatives underway include the launch of Tech Mahindra’s Blue Marble on IBM Cloud for Telecommunications to drive 5G momentum, collaboration to grow cybersecurity business with IBM Cloud Pak for Security, and strengthening and expanding portfolio through cloud-based offerings.

The partnership will also see co-creation and co-innovation through innovation labs and Centres of Excellence as the two companies strengthen their partnership to pursue the USD 1 trillion Hybrid Cloud market opportunity.

“We see the opportunity in three things. In the near term, we see the opportunity around hybrid cloud and AI. And then in the medium to longer term, we see an opportunity in quantum,” IBM Chairman and CEO Arvind Krishna told reporters during a virtual briefing.

He said hybrid cloud is the destination for most enterprises and governments as these organisations continue to use a mix of multiple public clouds and on-premise infrastructure for various reasons like economics and regulations.

“That (hybrid cloud) opportunity is over a trillion dollars for the industry…artificial intelligence (AI) will unlock between USD 14-16 trillion of global productivity,” he said adding that the partnership with Tech Mahindra brings in a “potential revenue of a billion dollars for each of us”.

About 40 per cent of the revenue will be driven by Telco and 5G, powered by Hybrid Cloud; while 60 per cent will be driven by other industries. The five strategic focus areas include 5G, automation, hybrid cloud, cybersecurity, data and AI.

“We will be adding a lot of value to each other as we build almost a billion-dollar ecosystem for each other. We are building this on the success of the customers by solving some of their critical challenges,” Tech Mahindra CEO and Managing Director C P Gurnani said. He added that the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of technology.

Krishna noted that in 2021, IBM is doubling down to elevate its ecosystem through its new go-to-market model making it easier for partners to work with IBM and make the transition to a multi, hybrid cloud platform seamless for clients. Through this approach, IBM is looking at driving a multi-billion dollar portfolio with its ecosystem partners over the next three years.

India has a significant advantage and IBM India will continue to be at the forefront, driving innovation that is made in India, for India and the world, he added.

“We have an incredible focus on India. First, India as a source of great talent and the proof of that is our employee base in India, and how much service, and intellectual property they provide. And with a lot of collaboration, with a lot of the regulations in India that promote the export of both software and services from India,” he said.

Krishna said IBM is focussed on the India market itself and services top private sector banks and public banks, telecom services providers, industries, and it is on a “path to expand”.

“I think the Indian market is really vibrant… I really believe that remote delivery is going to offer Indian companies a great ability to expand their market share globally. But that implies that they all have to think about what is their digitalisation infrastructure and that is an opportunity for all of us to go in and help them expand,” he added.

The global partnership between Tech Mahindra and IBM spans over two decades. The companies have developed unique solutions and accelerators by leveraging IBM Blockchain, Data and AI and Security capabilities.

This is the latest collaboration between these two firms in hybrid cloud adoption, which started in 2015 when two signed a strategic teaming agreement.

In April of last year, In April 2020, Tech Mahindra had joined IBM hybrid cloud ecosystem with the aim to help customers transform operations by enabling them to migrate core business applications to the IBM Cloud.

In July, Tech Mahindra launched a new digital platform that leverages IBM blockchain for the global media and entertainment industry to enable production houses and content creators to track revenue, royalty payments, manage rights and address content piracy.

Currently, 60.9% of organisations globally are already using or are in the process of piloting a bridge cloud solution, and a further 2.7% plan to implement a hybrid solution within the next 12-24 months, according to a recent report by NTT.

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NEC Corporation India to make Thiruvananthapuram into a Smart City

NEC Corporation India, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, has won the mandate to drive Thiruvananthapuram’s Smart City project.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the project alongside Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan. As the master system integrator for the city’s Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), NEC Corporation India (NEC India) aims to complete the project in 2022.

Thiruvananthapuram is among the 100 smart cities selected in the third round of the smart cities challenge under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs’ Smart City Mission. Thiruvananthapuram has incorporated a special purpose vehicle (SPV) – Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Limited (SCTL) to plan, design, implement, coordinate and monitor the smart city projects in the city.

NEC will help SCTL to create the ICCC to bring various departments together to work as a single unit. It will also help SCTL utilize information technology to modernize key functions of city operations including traffic management, traffic control, traffic law enforcement, security and safety, e-governance, municipal operations, and information dissemination to build well-informed, connected, smart and smooth city-wide operations for citizens of the city.

P Bala Kiran (IAS), CEO, Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Limited said: “We look forward to a fruitful association with the NEC India, which will help in scaling up and uplifting Thiruvananthapuram as a promising business and tourist destination”.

Aalok Kumar, President & CEO of NEC Corporation India was of the view that NEC has been at the helm of delivering turnkey projects for the central and state governments and has had the opportunity to work with the state of Kerala in the public safety domain previously.

“This new project win reflects our commitment to co-creating solutions of the future with the Government who aims to create a seamless and robust city infrastructure. NEC, with our expertise in designing and implementing Smart City projects around the world, will continue to innovate and deliver new solutions that benefit cities and their residents as we navigate the booming digital economy” added Kumar.

NEC’s ICCC software will also have integration with the Contact Centre, Mobile App, existing State & City Helpline Numbers, and with E-Governance solutions such as Property Tax, and Healthcare. It will serve as a decision support engine for city administrators in day to day operations as well as during emergencies.

NEC will work towards integrating all the smart components at the centralized Command and Control Centre with the integrated operations and dashboard. This Software platform will act as the centralized integration point for various departments under the Smart City ambit. Some of the key highlights of the project besides the ICCC Platform include a One City Mobile App, Sola Scada, E- Governance Application Support, Integrated Transit Management, a Smart Parking Management Solution, Environmental Sensor monitoring system and, Smart Water Management.

NEC has demonstrated their prowess in leading smart city transformation projects. In India, the company has successfully implemented large and complex ICT projects as the master system integrator in cities like Ahmedabad, Surat, Pune, Hubballi-Dharwad, Kalyan Dombivali and Gurugram.

The Saharanpur smart city project, which was awarded in October 2020, is likely to be completed by September 2021.

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Vietnam to build 3 big DCs

Vietnam is set to build three ‘Big’ Data Centres by 2030, in an effort to enter the world’s top countries with regard to AI adoption.

The three centres on Big Data and high-performance computing are among the Prime Minister’s set goals for Vietnam to be listed in ASEAN’s Top 4 and the world’s Top 50 countries in terms of artificial intelligence (AI) by 2030.

The goals are stated in the National Strategy on AI Research, Development, and Application by 2030 approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on January 26, aiming at boosting Vietnam’s AI capacity to make it an important technological industry of the country.

As a part of this strategy, Vietnam will develop three national centers on big data and high performance computing, connect a network of big data and high-performance computing centers nationwide, and establish 50 open datasets in all socio-economic fields to enhance AI research, development, and application.

The country will also open three national innovative centers on AI, develop human resources of high-quality AI experts and engineers, build 10 AI brands of high prestige in the region, and aim to have at least one representative in the list of ASEAN’s 20 leading R&D and training facilities in this field.

To achieve these goals, the strategy puts forward action plans, including building a legal document system and legal corridor related to AI, developing an AI ecosystem, and strengthening international cooperation in AI. Countries such as Saudi Arabia have outlined their AI strategy and have committed around $20 billion in this decade, as they see information as the “new oil”.

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This Philippine company wants to ‘Uberize’ app development

In an innovation of sorts, businesses can now build apps for customers with no coding skills needed.

BlastAsia, a Philippine software engineering company recently announced the launch of Steer, a platform which would allow businesses to develop apps for customers with no prior knowledge of coding required. Additionally, it also allows customers to order and check the status of their apps directly from their smartphones.

This platform, therefore, is a transformation of the traditional Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, “Uberizing” SaaS.

The term “Uberize” comes from ride-hailing app Uber, it refers to a business strategy where a service is carried out using mobile technology.

“We saw a gap between what businesses need and how they can adapt technology to suit those needs,” explained Arup Maity, President and CEO of BlastAsia.

“We envisioned Steer to become a powerful go-to platform for any business that relies on its customers placing a phone call to get a service to go digital,” he added.

With Steer, customers are also able to manage workflows and records via their phones, tablets, and laptops, all of which are powered by cloud technology. The company collaborated with tech titan Microsoft’s cloud computing arm, Azure for said cloud service, spending three years on the platform.

“Azure is one of the easiest cloud technologies that we’ve come across,” said Roy Saberon, Head of IT at BlastAsia.

“It’s also one of the most comprehensive in terms of all the different products that you can find in one place. The help we received from Microsoft in building Steer was instrumental. They are very responsive,” he added.

Cloud to power for SMEs 

To bring their vision to life, BlastAsia needed a powerful cloud service to support its users. So, it went to Microsoft Azure, building from its experience as a Microsoft Gold Partner for Application Development and Cloud Platform. It initially used the free version of Azure to understand how to take advantage of Microsoft cloud technologies.

“Azure is one of the easiest cloud technologies that we’ve come across,” says Roy Saberon, IT Head at BlastAsia. “It’s also one of the most comprehensive in terms of all the different products that you can find in one place.”

Maity added that in building Steer, BlastAsia used different tools and services such as Service Bus, Cosmos DB, and Cognitive Services. Azure allowed us to choose from a range of the latest technologies for Steer., he added.

It took three years to build Steer into a dynamic, flexible and user-friendly tool that allows businesses to digitize their operations. Throughout the development process, BlastAsia worked closely with Microsoft.

Microsoft provided full support and with the depth of knowledge on Microsoft products and use, BlastAsia launched Steer at the right time—right before COVID-19. Today, Steer is helping businesses go digital and adapt to work-style changes triggered by the health crisis.

“The help we received from Microsoft in building Steer was instrumental. They are very responsive,” says Saberon.

BlastAsia hopes to democratize digitization across businesses both big and small. It designed Steer to let non-programmers easily build customer self-service apps without paying high costs and investing too much time.

“The best thing is that you can build an unlimited number of apps under the same license,” Maity explained. “We are hoping that this will encourage our clients to not just stop building one or two apps, but continuously build more solutions and go completely digital.”

BlastAsia is confident that they will be able to help a larger number of companies with Steer. “Moving forward, our goal is to help about 2,000 companies to go digital by the end of next year. Not only in the Philippines, but all over the world.”

In the next three months, the BlastAsia team will be making Steer even more efficient and easy—to the point that its clients won’t even need to call the company for help when setting up. BlastAsia wants to continue transforming businesses, one do-it-yourself (DIY) cloud solution at a time.

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Infoxchange Group to build a new hub for digital transformation

The Infoxchange Group, a not-for-profit social enterprise, is developing a new Digital Transformation Hub to help Australian not-for-profits build digital capability and resilience for a post-COVID-19 world.

In response to COVID-related technology challenge, the Infoxchange Group is leading a cross-sector partnership to assist organisations on their digital transformation journey.

The Hub will combine capacity building programs, access to technology solutions, web-based resources and tailored advice to help organisations have an even greater impact.

Infoxchange Group’s Digital Technology in the Not-for-Profit Sector 2020 report illustrates that nearly two-thirds of not-for-profit organisations are less than satisfied with the way they use technology. Only 30 percent had the technology in place to easily adapt to staff working from home during COVID-19.

“COVID-19 caused enormous disruption to the way we work. It emphasised how important it is for not-for-profits to have efficient, reliable technology in place to keep supporting communities and making the biggest impact possible,” says Infoxchange CEO David Spriggs.

“The Digital Transformation Hub will address these challenges in a one-stop-shop that will empower not-for-profits to deliver services more effectively, improve staff productivity, and better serve communities in need.”

Top technology challenges identified by not-for-profits that are set to be addressed in the Digital Transformation Hub include access to affordable and fit for-for-purpose technology solutions; lack of skilled technical resources to advise on digital technology; resources and funding to assist with the implementation of digital transformation initiatives; staff and volunteer digital skills and capability.

The Community Council of Australia (CCA) and the Charities Crisis Cabinet have recognised the urgency to build digital capacity in the sector and the need for the Digital Transformation Hub, particularly for smaller less well-resourced organisations.

“As COVID-19 has so clearly highlighted, digital capacity is the key to significantly improving the productivity and effectiveness of charities.  It is the communities we serve that miss out if we do not address the digital divide between charities,” says David Crosbie, CEO of Community Council of Australia.

Cerebral Palsy Support Network recently underwent a digital transformation journey and CEO Scott Sheppard says he understands the challenges not-for-profits face.

“Moving to the Cloud has transformed our ability to work remotely and share information securely, allowing us to communicate to and provide better support for individuals and families living with cerebral palsy,’’ Scott says.

“The new Digital Transformation Hub will empower and assist not-for-profits across Australia to undertake their own digital journey and provide even better support for their clients.’’

Digitalization has emerged as the priority for many non-profits. What follows from the transformation is the need to ramp up the digital fortress as well, as data breaches targeting charities rose recently.

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