“Korean Google” Naver Corp earned $73.4 million in cloud revenue in Q1

South Korea’s Naver Corporation reported an operating revenue of $73.4 million (81.7 billion KRW) for its cloud computing services, a record 71.1 percent increase year-on-year.

The internet services company, which owns and runs South Korea’s national search engine Naver, released its latest financial results for the first quarter of 2021. The Naver search engine, fintech, e-commerce, and cloud, raked in a total revenue of $1.35 trillion (1499.1 billion KRW), a 28 percent increase year-on-year.

Naver’s dramatic revenue increase in its cloud business can be attributed to continued remote work in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the previous quarter the company also supported cloud infrastructure adoption for Korea University Anam Hospital by migrating a Personalised Hospital Information System.

Naver Corp’s international tech expansion

Founded in 1999, Naver Corporation owns South Korea’s national search engine Naver, which is commonly referred to as “Korean Google” due to its dominance in the country. The company also owns Line, a popular instant messaging app widely used in South Korea and parts of Asia.

Most of Naver’s revenue comes from its domestic services, but in mid-April it was revealed that the company is planning for an international expansion.

Chief Financial Officer Park Sang Jin revealed in an interview that Naver is considering an IPO in the US. Its webtoon publishing arm, Naver Webtoon, has also recently acquired Wattpad, a Canadian creative writing platform, for $600 million.

Microsoft plans to build up to 100 data centres every year

Global tech giant Microsoft plans to build 50 to 100 data centres across the world every year.

This grand ambition was announced alongside the company’s launch of its immersive virtual data centre tour on its official website.

Noelle Walsh, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft who leads the team that builds and operates the company’s cloud infrastructure, added that the company is slated to build more data centres across ten countries this year, with Malaysia as the latest location where it plans to establish its first data centre region in the country.

Microsoft has also recently inked agreements to build data centres in the states of Georgia and Texas in the US as well as Israel.

Microsoft currently operates over 200 data centres in 34 countries worldwide. Latest findings from Synergy Research Group reveal that the tech titan leads the global data centre spending market with Dell and Huawei.

Microsoft to establish first data centre region in Malaysia

Tech titan Microsoft has announced the “Bersama Malaysia” initiative, a plan to establish the company’s first data centre in Malaysia.

The announcement comes as part of the tech giant’s plan to assist the Malaysian government in the country’s digital transformation. In February, Malaysian Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin introduced MyDigital, a digital economy blueprint that seeks to supercharge the country’s digital ecosystem through domestic and foreign tech investments.

In partnership with PETRONAS, the country’s leading oil and gas company, a MyDigital Alliance Leadership Council will be formed to allow greater collaboration between Microsoft and the Malaysian government.

“Today’s announcement represents a major milestone for Microsoft in the 28 years we have been operating in Malaysia. We share the government’s commitment that digital transformation must be inclusive and responsible,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President of Marketing and Operations at Microsoft Global Sales.

“The upcoming data centre region will be a game-changer for Malaysia, enabling the government and businesses to reimagine and transform their operations, to the benefit of all citizens,” he added.

The data centre region will offer access to Microsoft’s full suite of cloud services, including Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform.

Microsoft also says that it will digitally upskill 1 million Malaysians by the end of 2023.

Malaysia’s digital transformation ambitions


Malaysia’s MyDigital initiative aims to invest approximately $3 billion to $4 billion (RM12 billion to RM15 billion) on both foreign and domestic cloud service providers over the next five years. Aside from Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and national telco Telekom Berhad have been given the green light to build and manage hyperscale data centres.

The Prime Minister said that the investment from Microsoft fortifies Malaysia’s position as a potential regional data hub.

“As we cement the Microsoft partnership today, I hope this is just the first green shoots of a broader meadow of investments in Malaysia for Microsoft and other players,” he commented.

K Raman, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia, noted that public-private partnerships are “key enablers”  to propel Malaysia’s digital economy forward.

“With over 200 employees and 2,000 partners in the country, we will continue to support a digitally-enabled government, empower businesses to build resilience digitally, and bridge the digital opportunities for Malaysians. Together, we stand with Malaysia,” he said.

This new data centre region already has clients. When available, PETRONAS and Southeast Asia major telco Celcom Axiata Berhad have agreed to access Microsoft Cloud’s services from the new data centre region.

“We highly applaud Microsoft’s plans to establish its first data centre region in Malaysia, providing access to secure, scalable, highly available, resilient and sustainable cloud services for the government, and across multiple industry verticals,” said Idham Nawawi, Chief Executive Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad.

“As the anchor telco tenant, we look forward to bringing the benefit of this data centre to our customers and partners,” he continued.

How is Sri Lanka’s Digital economy strategy shaping up

The government of Sri Lanka is putting in place various strategies that are being worked upon by the Information and Communications Technology Agency (ICTA) with the guidance of the technology ministry and authorities.

In a keynote address by Mahinda B Herath, CEO, Information and Communication Technology Agency on ‘Sri Lanka as the Asian Digital Tiger – Key cloud & data centre trends’ at W.Media’s Digital Week South Asia edition, the spotlight was on how Sri Lanka has fared in their journey towards digital transformation.

“The national digital transformation strategy was drafted a few months back and after discussing with his excellency and the technology ministry it has been approved by the cabinet in November last year”, said Herath.

Various sets of plans have been incorporated in the national digital transformation strategy. Two main focus areas for the digital transformation of Sri Lanka focus on Digital government and Digital Economy.


Digital Government


All the government digital and government projects are to be done under the guidance of ICTA in order to make sure it’s in line with the national digital policy and the regulations of the government.

“The foundation of the of the strategy is the foundational infrastructure of the government created by the ICTA focusing on the Lanka Government Network, Lanka Government Cloud and National Data Exchange with SL-UDI framework”, said Herath

He further added that the Lanka government cloud and network are already in place.

The Lanka government network (LGN) has a second variant which is the LGN 2.0 is fiber driven and the largest wide area network in Sri Lanka. A third variant of the LGN 3.0 is also being worked upon which will focus on 4G, 5G and other technologies which will make it more efficient and flexible.

Lanka government cloud is also functioning even in this area there are plans of working on improved versions of it. LGC 2.0 will be the second version and a huge amount of expansion is going on in the Lanka government cloud for the utlisation of Sri Lanka’s unique digital identity framework.

“The digital identity framework will be the root at all governments’ applications that will come into play. The framework will provide unique digital Id and authentication services”, Herath added.

The national data exchange is meant for the exchange of data and identity. The national data exchange will have its interfaces published and all applications will be able to connect to national data exchange via API or interface via standards provided in order to be utilised for various applications the foundational infrastructure of the same is being developed and operated by the ICTA.

Further, few developments as a part of their digital transformation strategy certain developments will be made for the government to remotely manage email and collaboration, HRM and payroll, payment and document sharing.

Mobile Apps, Web Portals, Kiosks and APIs to expand the government architecture and can further be used by private organisations as well. Development in the areas of education, transportation, health, motor traffic and others are initiated by ICTA for various lines of business, pointed out Herath.

Some major projects of the Sri Lanka government include the Digital ID, court automation, upgrading and modernisation of the Lanka government network, e- motoring, driving license and others.


Digital Economy


The digital economy strategy has five main focus areas which include the development of the technology industry, startup nation, tech diffusion, capacity building and regional cluster development.

The focus is on the startup and innovation to be achieved by the year 2025.

For startups the government has provided various facilities where they could get their startup registered which includes incubation, amongst others. There are also plans of collaborating with the international startup community that will help the startups gain visibility in the market.

Further, there will also be a credit programme for startups wherein they could get credits from banks without aa physical collateral to develop the startup.


Tech adoption


Sri Lanka, is also looking forward to adapting technology in various areas to suit their requirements.

Giving an example for the same Herath underlined that the technology could be used for solving social issues and incorporate technology in the non- tech local industry like agriculture, tourism & hospitality, education, health and others.

Various other programmes are also being developed in collaboration with universities, industries and industry bodies to incorporate technology.

Capacity will be an area wherein there will be foundation programmes for students to enter the market, conversion programmes for non tech graduates, social education and professional training for its citizens to improve competency and employment opportunities.

Herath further underlined the importance of the regional cluster development which would consist of technology and educational clusters with all the required facilities for students.

These clusters will be close to the universities and the technological institute will be established within the clusters. There is a plan of building five such clusters, the initial work for two of them has already started.

ICAT has decided on a few milestones for the digital economy which include making the technology industry development a $3 billion industry by 2024 and have 700 tech companies and 1000 startups dollar industry, 700 tech companies and 1000 start ups and others.

The Digital policy & law focus areas will be on developing digital government policies for data security, retention and cyber security. Keeping the digital government safe by enabling a data protection ecosystem and supporting the digital economy by the effective use of the existing laws.

Lankan CIOs grapple as Ransomware rears its head

The pandemic has led to the acceleration of the process of digital transformations and with that comes the risk of cyber-attacks.

In the current times, it is important for organisations to focus on the cybersecurity aspect of the organisation.

But the questions is how do you improve the cybersecurity of an organisation?

This was discussed in the panel discussion at W.Media’s Digital Week South Asia edition titled ‘Why the importance of Enterprise cybersecurity should never be misjudged in Sri Lanka’. Moderated by Sujit Christy, Board Member, Colombo Chapter & Group CISO, John Keells Holdings PLC, Sri Lanka. The panellists included Roshan Razik, Head of Technology Operations & Information Security, Pearson Lanka. Nirosh Ananda, Chief Information Security Engineer, Sri Lanka CERT. Sunari Dandeniya, CISO, Commerical Bank of Ceylon PLC.

Not many cases of cyber-attacks are reported.

“There has been an increase in the number of cyber-attacks on organisations. But there are still certain things which have to be fixed when it comes to cyber security”, Sunari Dandeniya.

She further pointed out that sometimes it gets difficult for organisations to get it right and spending more does not mean an increased protection.

Getting it correct is hard because it’s just not a technical problem and also the cyber security laws and practices are not yet developed to handle all the breach and attack. These in turn make things difficult.

Cyber security should not be misjudged as people tend to take certain things for granted. She gave an example of how we might have the protection for our systems in the office but do we have the same protection on our mobile phones.

Amongst the few things that organisations can do to prevent cyber-attacks organisations should decide as to what is the most important data that they want to protect and prioritise their assets and evaluate the kind of impact that a cyber-attack could possibly have on the organisation and accordingly take a risk based approach, added Dandeniya

She further pointed to the importance of building security solutions and it should be made a part of the process and not be kept for the last. It should be built in. Training and awareness is also an important factor of cybersecurity.


Why aren’t organisations taking cybersecurity seriously


In Sri Lanka alone there were more than 100 ransomware attacks during the pandemic.

“Cybersecurity earlier was not taken seriously as it is in the current times. The magnitude and the probability of the cyber-attacks has increased in recent times and the impact has also higher”, said Nirosh Ananda

He further added that people at times don’t take cybersecurity seriously because they think that a simple firewall will be enough to prevent the attack and monitor the possibilities.

Creating awareness amongst the employees is extremely important because in the current times when people are working from home from different areas. Awareness with regard to possible cyber threats would benefit the organisation at large.

Nirosh further added that times organisations only invest in cybersecurity only when they have experienced some sort of cyber-attack, otherwise many times organisations don’t think critically about the possible threats to the organisations.

Understanding what is critical to the business and accordingly building a cybersecurity plan. Every organization has different priorities and works accordingly.

“With organisations moving towards digital transformation from the last twelve to eighteen months and organisations adapting to the cloud. IoT devices are coming in people are working from home, we need to ensure that our cybersecurity platforms cover diverse aspects or possible threats”, said Razik

He further added that it is important for organisations to have a strong IT service management system and the ability to resolve the issues as soon as possible.

It is also important to invest in areas and people who are experts in advising the organisations with regards to the possible ways of preventing a threat. There should be more CISO’s for the number of technical people present on ground.

The adaptation of the cloud environment is accelerating the process of digital transformation and there is a constant need of delivering fast to the market and the business requirements are driving the fundamental changes in the organisations.

It is important for the organisations to give the priority to the cybersecurity aspect of an organisation.

“As security professionals we need to change and adopt a new mindset and build relationships with the internal stakeholders and find innovative ways to achieve security requirements without becoming a blockage for the organisations in delivering the objectives”, stated Roshan.

Germany’s Contabo opens new data centre in Singapore

German internet service provider Contabo has announced the opening of its new data centre in Singapore.

The company, where its virtual private servers (VPS) are known for its competitive prices, aims to lower the cost of VPS deployment by entering the Asian market via Singapore.

“In pursuit of expanding global availability of our services we are adding a brand-new region in Asia on top of the existing Regions in Europe and the US.” said Aleksander Kuczek, CRO of Contabo.

Contabo says that its facility in Singapore retains the same German quality with the same rack design and the same network equipment, sourced from providers such as Hewlett Packard and Dell. The data centre is also ISO-certified and equipped with disaster protection infrastructure, such as its state-of-the-art nitrogen fire suppression system.

The data centre offers its flagship range of servers, including its popular High-Performance VPS series and its Virtual Dedicated Servers and AMD EYPC Dedicated Servers.

How businesses can undergo Digital transformation

Digital transformation has taken place in different phases in the last 18 months, which is  leading to a business transformation.

So, what is the impact of business strategy or how important is it in the process of digital transformation?

This was discussed in the panel discussion at W.Media’s Digital Week South Asia edition titled ‘How digital transformation in the right way can refresh your business’.

Moderated by Shalil Gupta, Chief Business Officer, Mosaic Digital. The panellists included Eric Vas, President, Bajaj Auto Ltd. Anindya Karamakar, Head- Digital Transformation, Aditya Birla Capital. Rajat Teotia, CTO, Junglee Games. Arvind Sekar, Lead- Partner Sales Engineer, Freshworks and Ankur Arora, Director & Head, Digital & Innovation, Sodexo India.


Impact on the business


 “I certainly believe that unless you put a strategy, digital transformation will fail. That’s my personal view. And I come from this perspective that if you look at strategy, there are fundamentally four pillars of strategy”, said Eric Vas

According to Vas, the first pillar is the consumer, second is the product, third is market place and fourth is technology. He further added that today more than 50% of India’s population today own smartphones.

There is data and 4G at fairly low prices, extra competition because of the telecom sector.

So there’s a fundamental shift happening at the consumer end. Similarly on technology, there are many fundamental shifts in relation to how consumers can connect with you in relation to what information you can give consumers, which you couldn’t get one.

He further pointed out that business strategies transform digitally while enabling the transformation. When one looks at a business it is important to look at the consumer and the market place first.

Integrating digital transformation into the system is an important area to look at as organisations are complex environments with a lot of people working together and it could often lead to digital disruption.

“Now one way of looking at digital transformation’s impact on the business strategy of an organization is for any organizations to have a digital or new digital community of people created for both internal facing and external facing customers. So it could be employees working for an organization. It could be external customers reaching out to an organization for it’s a product or service”, said Arvind Sekar

He further added that there should be a pool of people and digital communities should be made out of it. Digital transformation is not only about the tools or software.

It is about enhancing the customer experience in every possible way. Customers expect organisations to be available everywhere. The organisations that adapt these needs grow faster.


 Transformation relating to a huge pace of innovation


“Digital transformation is not about tools or a particular process or,  automating some manual work. It’s about how we can improve our business to deliver the products and services as per customer’s expectation. And while doing that, we have an opportunity to reshape the entire business” said Rajat Teotia.

In terms of the business of games for example which is risky business where one can never understand the needs of the customer then there are certain factors that help one mitigate the risks.

New features are deployed to every game or product and data science is added to every feature.

“Data processing pipelines and machine learning are used in order  to identify how one can leverage those things in order to get customer insight in a manner that we can make a data informed decision.

And over the course of time, the few things that really help is changing our platform and integrating new technology, how we process data, how we collect insight, how we do reporting, how we do decision making as a cohesive, refined process in order to improve our company and the services we provide over the course of time” added Rajat.

“When you want to digitize your business and business is not about the technology, which is available out there, but it is all about understanding objectives.

And once you have decided where you want to be, it’s allowed you to figure out how you want to reach there and that’s when you look for technologies that one would want to use to reach their destination, pointed out Anindya Karmakar.

Customers in the current times also advise the organisation to bring about a change in terms of the digital transformation but at the same time they wish to interact with them.

There is a huge amount of digital transformation which is going on at the moment especially due to the pandemic where people have adopted virtual ways of interacting with each other and indulging in other activities.

“In today’s world, if you want to actually develop a product, you have to look at some other innovative delivery models”, Karmakar added.

Data plays an important role in the process of digital transformation. The collection, integration, storing and using data helps in accelerating the process of digital transformation.

It is also important for people to have the new skill sets. Soft skills for example is important for organisations to undertake for their employees.

With digital transformation there also comes automation.

“There are different ways organizations are implementing digital transformation, and for some people, digital transformation is probably a digital tool implementing to automate the internal processes or technology enabling processes.

So for us probably that’s, that’s still IT.  Digital transformation consists of four pillars, customer centricity, innovation, data and digital innovation”, said Ankur Arora

He further underlined the importance of the customer centric behaviour of the organisations which is a very bold move as it may not align with the legacy processes and the business strategy needs to adapt to the consumer.

Building a positive work culture is extremely important because the collaboration of the employees will play an important role in the transformation of an organisation.

How Indian DC market will look by 2025

The data centre growth in India is currently exceeding the annual growth rate of American and European data centre market.

Yet many cloud computing companies have not yet made their entry into India, which points to the opportunities in the data center market.

The question then is – how do we reach there and what would the data center market in India by 2025 look like?

These were discussed in detail at W.Media’s Digital Week South Asia’s keynote panel discussion titled ‘How the Indian Data Centre market will look by 2025- Challenges & Outlook’ which was moderated by Jabez Tan, Head of Research, Structure Research. The panellists Pankaj Agrawal, Partner, Capitel. Alex Perkins, Chief Development Officer, Stratus Data Centres. Darren Hawkins, CEO & Founder SPACE DC. Kamal Nath, CEO, Sify Technologies. Sajnay Bhutani, Senior Vice President, AdaniConneX.

“Policy players have a very important role in the development of data centres and many hyperscalers have started building their own data centres”, said Sanjay Bhutani, Senior Vice President,  AdaniConneX.


National DC Policy


The government of India is looking to develop data centre parks in the future and a few things in terms of policy making would strengthen the process.

This includes a policy which will focus on the power infrastructure wherein everybody could benefit from a common infrastructure.

In November 2020, the Indian government came out with a draft of a national Data Centre (DC) policy (which is still in discussion stage), which was followed by states such as Uttar Pradesh, drafting its state data centre policy.

Bhutani further underlined the importance of GST and how it works as an incentive for the customer.

“They bring in multimillion dollar multimillion dollar equipment in a data center while coming to us. I think if we are able to negotiate that GST, which is about 9-10 percent, a ballpark number, I think that that attracts them.” Additionally, Data localisation, which is an important policy part, I think is going to play a major key role and all of us are seeing that it has some attraction”.

“A real single window clearance is something which is required from all these states so that our guys, our teams should get an absolutely Express way to get a clearance while making a project in Indian contracts. Currently the project takes about 18 to 24 months to deliver a project wherein if I have to compare it to the developed countries, they take about 14 months.

I think this policy also can play a major role while giving comfort to a hyper scalar tenant process”, Bhutani stated.

“From the past few years the cloud demand has been increasing in India and it will continue to increase in the near future”, said Pankaj Agrawal.

He further added that earlier people were using Whatsapp and Instagram but nothing was getting hosted. There is a lot of cloud retained demand in India even the demand for cloud migration is increasing.

India has some great potential for growth in the data centre sector, in terms of the location Mumbai and Navi Mumbai have some great potential where there are key learning stations including Chennai, stated Perkins.

He further added that these places will be key hubs in India for serving the rest of the country. Data localization and renewable sources of energy will also play an important role in the development.

Talking about the development of Data centres, subsea cables will play an important role in building the infrastructure, according to industry watchers.


Factors a play


Three main factors play an important role in the process of digitisation in India first there is massive digitalization drive going on in India which will help organisations to build infrastructure. Second is Data localization and third is the huge demand for content.

India is a large country and there is a constant increase in the demand for OTT. There are three different types of customers, first is the hyper scale cloud providers, second are the software providers who are coming to India and third are the enterprise ones from BFSI to manufacturing and other sectors, stated Kamal Nath.

“We are we are in process of building network of data center, which are all big cities, which is Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, and some of the more towns, I think the key segments are have been fairly well defined by our colleagues, which is hyperscalers, the one who is actually driving the major growth in India, and enterprise behavior is also continuously changing.

They are thinking beyond one or two years and instead are actually planning for a long period and which is rightfully so, because of pandemic and the digital demand is still growing at a very fast pace”, added Bhutani.


Tax reforms


Various tech giants are keen on working with India and developing data centers here. Giving an example of Google, Hawkins explained how Google has decided to invest $10 billion in India. He further added how India is developing its own cloud services and looks forward to making a place in the overseas market.

The Tax reforms of India have been helpful and companies look forward to investing in the Indian market.



When it comes to the development of a data centre the main challenges that organisations face is with respect to the permits, land, power and connectivity.

Challenges faced by international organisations include the ones around land and the construction area are well known to the local groups which can be dealt with but it is the administrative and procedural work which requires help.

Getting the access to reliable power along with a renewable source is another challenge and fiber connectivity is another aspect that organisations look for while setting a data centre.

Along with the access to the available resources, a lot of data centre players coming to the market increases the competition, pointed Agrawal.

In terms of the sustainability and the efficiency of the data centre, Hawkins underlined the fact that the data centres are super-efficient but bringing the renewable energy to power its garangutan needs is a challenge.

New players entering the data centre market will look forward to adapting renewable sources of energy.

KT Corporation & Samsung establish world’s first 3GPP-based nationwide public safety LTE network

KT Corporation and Samsung Electronics have established the world’s first 3GPP-based nationwide public safety LTE (PS-LTE) network.

Both the leading South Korean companies essentially joined hands to enhance the country’s real-time accident and natural disaster response system. The 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) is an industry body consisting of various organisations that establish cellular communication technology standards globally.

As real-time communication requires a reliable network connection, the partners aimed to develop solutions that support communication between numerous institutions, enabling them to respond to emergencies quickly and efficiently. In particular, KT and Samsung opened a PS-LTE network for major cities, rural areas, public offices, tourist sites, and other spaces.

What is PS-LTE network?

The new network operates in the 700 Megahertz spectrum and delivers high-speed and stable connectivity for first responders. Moreover, the PS-LTE network provides critical communication covering eight sectors and more than 330 public safety agencies. Some of the institutes involved in the network include paramedic services, the police, the military, firefighting organisations and power providers.

Samsung has also applied its Mission-Critical Push-to-Talk (MCPTT) to the network, improving its data and video delivering and multimedia broadcast capabilities. According to KT, the public safety network could effectively prevent traffic spikes and handle real-time communication between over 2,500 devices. KT also added that the country’s previous emergency response network could only support a 1,200-device communication.

“Samsung is proud to take part in building the world’s first nationwide PS-LTE network based on 3GPP standards in Korea, leveraging our end-to-end PS-LTE solutions,” said Kim Seung-Il, VP of Samsung Electronics’ Network Business. Kim also stated that Samsung would continue developing and launching advanced PS-LTE technologies to improve the South Korean PS-LTE network. Additionally, Samsung aims to meet the highest reliability, performance, and security PS-LTE standards through its new infrastructure and solution developments.

Besides rapidly notifying over 240,000 first responders during emergencies, the PS-LTE network also interconnects with Korea’s LTE-Railway and LTE-Maritime networks. KT and Samsung constructed three control centers in Daegu, Jeju, and Seoul, integrating a dual system to counter system failure. Aside from offering a real-time unified communication platform, the next-generation, high-performance PS-LTE network guarantees data reliability and secures operational continuity.

What is India’s next trillion dollar opportunity

In India 5G is expected to create an economic impact of 1 trillion by 2035 and the implementation of 5G and other related technologies will help in accelerating the digital communication process.

5G will lead to a rapid expansion of the flow of information technology across education, manufacturing, health care, agriculture and financial and social sectors.

In a keynote address by Atul Bist, Senior Assistant Vice President, Invest India on 5G and Edge – India’s next trillion dollar opportunity at W.Media’s Digital Week South Asia edition addressed the audience focusing upon the potential that 5G has for the Indian economy.

“Large scale investments in the technology infrastructure of the country are enabling the transformation of India into a knowledge driven economy by ensuring digital access, inclusion and collective empowerment and further enabling India’s digital transformation profile”, said Atul Bist.

He further added that between 2013 and 2014 out of the ten states with the highest number of internet subscriptions seven had a lower per capita income than India’s average.

India is witnessing a digital revolution with the large scale adaptions of digital transformations.

Aadhaar card, which is India’s unique digital identity programme covers more than 1.2 billion people. 1.2 billion Is also the number of active mobile subscribers in India which is 86 percent of the total population of the country is on a mobile network.

“In the last five years India has added a mobile subscriber every second and has tripled its internet user base adding three internet subscribers every second. 99 percent of urban India is active online users and the internet users in rural areas have outnumbered their urban counterparts by 10 percent. India consumes 3,150 GB of data every second”, added Bist.

The mobile data subscription in the last five years has increased in India. The cost of data has also reduced in India as compared to what it was five years earlier.

India is expected to become the second largest smartphone market in the world.

New use cases to open up with 5G

Bist further underlined that 5G will open new cases to be leveraged by corporates and the Indian economy in general to help the country move to the next generation of digital connectivity, enhance broadband and IoT, fixed wires access and low latency communication.

“The combination of 5G platforms and the internet of things can deliver significant benefits for consumers, enterprises and the society at large. The Indian government and the policymakers support this vision”, stated Atul.

Bist further pointed out that 5G is expected to deliver faster speed 10Gps which happens to be ten times faster than 4G and lower latency of around 1 millisecond which is 50 times lower than 4G.

It will also serve as a catalyst to other technologies such as network slicing, computing based service architecture, cloud and others.

Further, 5G will also help enterprises to address the new service requirements of the ultra-high speed areas of digitaisation. With 5G enterprises can use bandwidth intensive applications and other ICT solutions without any network issues.

By the year 2030 2040 5G will contribute about 40 billion dollars to the Indian economy.

5G is also expected to increase the data traffic between vehicles, smartphones, machines, data centres, sensors and devices of all kinds. 5G will help in making the management of resources extremely cost effective 5G will also be a huge contributor of useful innovations in the future.

According to the Finnish telecom gear maker Nokia, India has 2 million active 5G devices in use across the country.

Which means that the devices are 5G enabled and can access the services if offered by the operators. A lot more smartphone shipments coming into the country are now equipped with 5G and the device ecosystem will soon be in place for a complete roll out, added a Financial Express report.

CapitaLand to acquire its first hyperscale data centre campus in China

CapitaLand will acquire its first hyperscale data centre campus in China and will be investing 3.66 billion yuan (S$757.7 million).

Located in Minhang District, an established data centre hub in Shanghai, the operating data centre campus serves two of China’s largest telecommunications companies, the company said. China is the world’s second-largest data centre market and the largest in the Asia-Pacific.

CapitaLand is looking to acquire the data centre campus from AVIC Trust, an investment arm of Shanghai-listed AVIC Capital, and from an unrelated third-party vendor. CapitaLand expects the acquisition to be completed by the third quarter of 2021, subject to fulfilment of certain conditions.

The hyperscale data centre campus comprises four buildings with a gross floor area of up to 75,000 sq m and up to 55 megawatts of IT power capacity, CapitaLand said.

Growth in Digital Economy

Ms He Jihong, chief executive officer, data centre, and chief corporate strategy officer, CapitaLand group, said: “5G, artificial intelligence and big data are driving the growth of the digital economy and creating strong demand for data centres. Data centres are a growing new economy asset class and represent a global investment opportunity and a key strategic business focus for CapitaLand.”

Puah Tze Shyang, Chief Executive Officer, Investment and Portfolio Management, CapitaLand China said: “CapitaLand’s entry into the data centre market in China will further diversify our portfolio across asset classes and build more operating capabilities. This is in line with the Group’s strategy to pivot into new economy assets in the country.

We see strong potential to expand our data centre portfolio in cities such as Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and leverage our growing base of new economy assets to bolster our fund management business in tandem. We may also look for opportunities to take strategic positions in data centre operating platforms to accelerate our growth in a key market like China. CapitaLand has the resources and reach to help these platforms grow their presence in other parts of Asia. We will continue to look for new investments that stand to benefit from China’s economic transformation.”

Currently, the group has four data centres in Singapore, 11 in Europe and is the fund and asset manager for the development of a data centre in Korea. The potential acquisition is via the purchase of 100 per cent equity interest in two companies registered in China, CapitaLand said in a statement.

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CapitaLand has successfully redeveloped 9 Tai Seng Drive into a co-location data centre in Singapore and leased it to leading technology customers. “In recognition of the Group’s reputation as a sustainability leader, 9 Tai Seng Drive has also received the top rating of Green Mark Platinum for data centres by Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority and Infocomm Media Development Authority,” said He Jihong. In Europe, CapitaLand’s business space and industrial REIT, Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust (Ascendas REIT) recently acquired 11 data centres in key markets that complement its existing data centre portfolio in Singapore, expanding its presence into key European data markets.

With the potential acquisition of the hyperscale data centre campus, the group’s combined data centre portfolio represents more than $2.5 billion in real estate assets under management.

How to Future proof Hyperscale Data Centre Operations

Data centres are evolving with each passing day and so is the technology that goes with it.

In the keynote address on Future proof Hyperscale Data Centre Operation through Data Centre Control Systems- 3S (Scale, Speed, Security) at W.Media’s Digital Week Northeast Asia edition,  Chang Cho, Founder & CEO, Onion Technology spoke about the architecture of data centres and its functions.

“A typical hyperscale data centre is capable of handling 20 to 30 MW IT load which consists of about three to six thousand racks along with more than ten thousand sqm white space to allocate about one to three lakh monitors and control points”, said Chang

The control system of a data centre consists of NOC operators, redundant control system server and M&E facilities. High end servers are used to handle larger data transactions.

Giving an example of the Facebook data centre plan in Singapore, Chang underlined that this particular data centre which is capable of 120 MW IT load along with 50 MW local solar PPA and is 10 times bigger than a normal hyperscale data centre.

The control system of an ultra hyperscale would range between 100,000 to 100,000 million points.

Super computers can be used to manipulate the data up to 1 million points but that would cost a lot, Chang pointed.

The cutting edge technology of parallel processing is used in ultra hyperscale which is adapted for E- commerce, cloud computing and others. The transaction of data can be carried out at the speed of three thousand points.

Chang further added that as time goes by the architecture of data centres will increase and for bigger data centres which would go beyond 3 million points, a highly parallel server will be required to cover as many points needed for transaction speed.


Importance of scale and speed

Giving an example to explain the importance of scale and speed, Chang pointed out how earlier the video began with SD and now the quality can go up to 8k Ultra HD.

“The more scale we have the more clear and precise data can be added”, said Chang.

In terms of speed Chang took the example of a video game. Someone playing the video game on 20 fps will be slow as compared to someone playing on 200+ fps. A similar thing happens when it comes to data centres. People look for increased speed in data centres.

Chang further added that a data centre can never go down, if some servers are down, other servers work on half the speed or normal speed. There is always zero downtime reliability.

For faster and bigger data processing capability AI, deep learning, prediction, operation optimisation can be used.

In the coming times there are bound to be innovations which will control the data centre control systems, which will be secured enough to be connected to the outside world. This is not limited to the software or IT department but also to other network devices and others which would make it safe to connect with the outside world, he said.

Keppel enters into a Right of Use deal with Converge for ‘one fibre pair’ landing in Philippines

Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation’s (Keppel T&T) wholly-owned subsidiary, Keppel Midgard Holdings Pte. Ltd. (KMH), has signed a deal with Philippine fibre broadband provider Converge Information & Communications Technology Solutions, Inc. (Converge).

The deal will allow Converge an Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) for one fibre pair on the main trunk of Bifrost Cable System, which directly connects Singapore to the west coast of North America. Keppel (under the name of KMH) is the leading investor in the Bifrost cable system.

Earlier, Keppel had announced that KMH has been granted a Facilities-Based Operator (FBO) licence to own, maintain and operate telecoms infrastructure in Singapore. KMH’s share of the total project costs in the Bifrost Cable System as a joint build partner will be approximately US$350 million (approximately S$467 million).

KMH and Converge will jointly develop the branch on the Bifrost Cable System that will land in Davao, Philippines, with Converge also being granted an IRU on the entire Davao branch. Further, Converge will be engaged as the landing party for the Davao branch segment.


Increase in internet speed


The additional branch will significantly increase internet speeds and network diversity for businesses and consumers in the Philippines. Converge will invest over US$100 million (around PhP5 billion) for the whole project. Converge is the fastest growing fiber internet and other digital consumer-centric services provider in the Philippines.

According to Converge, its investment into one full fibre pair, connecting the Philippine to Singapore and the west coast of North America, will allow Converge to independently activate at will up to 15 Tbps of capacity to either country using the latest technology.



Converge is also set to finish a separate 1,800-km domestic undersea cable system that will connect the main islands of the Philippines. This will allow Converge to distribute capacity from Bifrost to the rest of the Philippines.

The Bifrost Cable System directly connects Singapore to the United States via the Java Sea and  and Celebes Sea, jointly built by Keppel, Facebook and Telin, supplied by Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN). The Bifrost cable system is expected to be completed in 2024. Meanwhile, Facebook and Google are jointly building another project with similar route, the Echo subsea cable system,  scheduled to be ready for service in 2023.

With global data bandwidth demands reaching unprecedented levels, surging cloud adoption, exponential growth in mobile device usage and 5G deployment, the surging demand for more bandwidth highlights the critical impact subsea cables have on global connectivity. In addition, there has been an increasing demand for more capacity through the Pacific region due to the significance and the growth of Asian markets. In Asia Pacific alone, according to the Cisco Annual Internet Report (2018 – 2023), the number of internet users is expected to hit 3.1 billion users by 2023.

This development also comes in the backdrop of Philippines seeing an improvement in terms of mobile experience with 5G. Philippines was ahead of countries such as Korea and Hong Kong, according to mobile analytics firm OpenSignal.

How the future of Data Centres will evolve in India

The demand of data centres has seen a surge in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Industry watchers opine that in the next five to ten years the data centre is expected to expand in two phases: the internal and the external demand, with the help of data centres, the management and storage of data for organisations becomes much easier.

“Data centres will divulge into a multi-tier architecture where there will not be too many huge data centres where it will become something like channel model which is there where you have a primary data centre then you have a secondary data centre which is a toned down version then you will have a tertiary data centre.

There will be a main data centre then there will be near edge data centres and then there will be edge centres”, said Dhaval Pandya, CIO, Piramal Enterprises Limited

He further underlined that with other players of the data centre market coming to India, like CDNs and other OTT platforms. They will demand an increased data centre bandwidth available to support them.

It is also believed that data centres are one of the largest contributors to the greenhouse effect and with new data centre players coming into the market they are considering switching to renewable sources of energy.

“Most data centres have already started exploring multiple modes of energy because data centres tend to be one of the largest contributors to the greenhouse effect. So most definitely, they will have to look at renewable energy. And they will have to look at renewable energy which can be driven at scale”, Pandya added.

According to a report in Computer world, predictions state that the energy consumption by data centres is set to account for 3.2 percent of the total world’s carbon emission by the year 2025.

“This reliance on data centres is only going to grow as internet penetration rates improve across the world in locations where internet freedom is only just becoming widespread”, said Ray Walsh, a digital privacy expert at ProPrivacy.com.


Decarbonising data centres needs a holistic approach


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, 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,” Lee 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 are oversizing the physical infrastructure to support the IT load, has a negative impact on the overall data centre efficiency. Lee underlined that it results in under-utilisations 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.

On International CIO day, Yotta infrastructure expresses gratitude to the CIO/IT community

On the occasion of the International CIO day. Yotta Infrastructure, a data centre service provider decided to pay a musical tribute to the CIO/IT Leaders community in order to express gratitude for their contribution in the acceleration of the digital transformation process within their respective organisations during the ongoing pandemic.

The tribute titled ‘Shukriya’ was broadcasted live on Yotta’s social media channels.

The international CIO day is celebrated on the 25th of April in order to appreciate the efforts that the community puts in to make the functioning of an organisation easier be it cybersecurity, digital transformation, technology risks, incorporating a new technology or looking at the business continuity, the role of a CIO is an important one when it comes to digital transformation.

The COVID19 pandemic has changed the entire working environment; it’s not the same as it was earlier. The digital front has opened a series of opportunities for organisations to become more efficient and technologically advanced. With IT becoming an important part of organisations the responsibilities of a CIO has significantly increased.

Digitalisation: Need of the hour for Indian companies

The COVID19 pandemic has accelerated the process of companies adopting technologies that would help them in working from remote locations, in times when it is difficult for people to travel and work from office. Work from home is the new way of working.

“The pandemic has signified the importance of the data centres not only among the industry professionals but also the general public and the related energy sectors and regulators. Since it is one of the very few industries that has proved to keep growing despite the pandemic and enabling individuals and organizations to function during lockdowns with remote working and virtual connections”, said Hessam Seifi, Managing Director, DC PRO

As India battles the surge in COVID19 cases, businesses are grappling with more lockdowns and restricted people movement.

In such a scenario, Work From Home, Remote working and an increased reliance on technology seem to be the way forward. Market numbers capture this to some extent.

According to a Research and Markets report, the Global Digital Transformation Market is expected to grow from USD 469.8 billion in 2020 to USD 1,009.8 billion by 2025, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 16.5 percent during the forecast period.

The report further added that the digital transformation market by vertical has been segmented into banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI), healthcare, IT and telecom, education, retail, media and entertainment, manufacturing, government, and others (transportation and logistics, and travel and hospitality).

Further, the demand of Data centres is also increasing in the market across the world, according to a CBInsights report, data centres will continue to play an important role in ingestion, computing, storage and management of information.

“This crisis has been long enough that the behavioural changes and adaptation in utilizing technology and cloud services for all of us will have a lasting effect and will reshape how we will work and grow in future and will only accelerate the digital transformation and demand on using cloud services,” said Hessam Seifi, Managing Director, DC PRO

Since it is one of the very few industries that has proved to keep growing despite the pandemic and enabling individuals and organizations to function during lockdowns with remote working and virtual connections.

This crisis has been long enough that the behavioural changes and adaptation in utilizing technology and cloud services for all of us will have a lasting effect and will reshape how we will work and grow in future and will only accelerate the digital transformation and demand on using cloud services, points out Seifi.

The increased use of technology means higher energy usage. “Such importance and spotlight to this energy intensive industry brings its own challenges to be mindful of environmental impact and join the global stream towards carbon neutrality”, states Seifi.

In 2021, renewables are expected to show their resilience – the majority of the delayed projects are expected to come online, leading to a rebound in new installations, according to IEA. Despite the rebound, combined growth in 2020 and 2021 is almost 10 per cent lower compared to the previous IEA forecast published in October 2019.



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CIO’s Covid-19 mantra: Do more with less

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic and the way organisations work has changed with everyone working from home and large cross sections of business adopt digital platforms. While most organisations have managed their transition to the digital world, many find it difficult to make that transition.

This raises the question of where organisations need to invest. “Organizations, if not already done, should be investing in the ability of their stakeholders to conduct business and operations remotely and collaborate using technology solutions. After one year of living with the pandemic, the available resources should have scaled up,” opines Arun Gupta, Technology Advisor, Shalby Limited.


CIO’s dilemma

With the second wave of COVID-19 wreaking havoc in the country, how does a CIO look at technology investments in this kind of uncertainty? Do they change the approaches, defer tech investments till the situation gets better on the ground?

Gupta is of the view that like every other CXO, the CIO is cognizant of the fact that available resources have shrunk and limited. “They are working with the leadership teams to optimise what they have and how they can sweat their assets and work with crunched resources. With no light visible on the horizon, we have to learn to live with the constraints and rethink our goals and plans with a focus on topline and bottomline.”

Sayed Peerzade, Group CIO, Reliance Entertainment is a firm believer in data in an earlier interaction with W.Media had pointed out that data-driven decision making, using AI, Machine Learning will be the way forward.  “Budgets will have to be created through a combination of cost takeouts and fresh ones,” he says.

The adaptation of technology is becoming an important aspect for organisations to sustain their businesses. According to a Time of India report, the COVID19 pandemic has impacted 82 percent of small businesses in India.

The top challenges faced by the companies included access to the market, improving the overall productivity, and having access to more finance. Better credit facilities was the most voted aspect by companies 59 per cent of companies said it would help them in post COVID revival. Around 48 percent voted for better marketing support and 35 percent voted for adaptation of technology, the report added.


Understanding CIO’s role

In order to better understand how the CIO’s role has evolved, Adobe recently partnered with Fortune to survey more than 500 CIOs across the U.S. (200), EMEA (150) and APAC (156) regions. Adobe’s research reveals that CIOs sit at the centre of virtually every major business initiative in today’s digital-first economy, with 90 percent of U.S. CIOs (compared to 75 percent in EMEA and 85 percent in APAC) saying they feel pressure to digitally transform their business. With vaccine distribution now on track, businesses are tapping CIOs to help shape their return-to-work plans to ensure that employees can work productively and safely from any location.

“Despite the enormous weight on our shoulders, CIOs are stepping up to the challenge,” says Cynthia Stoddard, senior vice president and chief information officer at Adobe. “Along with other business leaders, we have embraced our enhanced responsibilities and influence as an opportunity to further collaborate and succeed in today’s new digital-first reality.” Customers are more conscious than ever of their data value-exchange with brands and gravitate towards companies they can trust to manage their data responsibly,” adds Stoddard. “As hybrid working models are set to become the norm post-pandemic, CIOs need to ensure their organizations have the right infrastructure and processes in place to keep data secure and compliant no matter where they are based.”

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Indonet telco buys 6,000sq m of land for data center in Jakarta

Indonesian telecommunications firm Indointernet Tbk (Indonet) has revealed that it has purchased two plots of land spanning 6,000 square metres for the construction of a data centre in Jakarta.

This move comes swiftly after the company’s IPO at the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX) in February.

The purchase was made through its subsidiary, PT Ekagrata Data Gemilang (EDG) on 15th April this year. The land was bought from real estate firm Sentra Graha Sentosa for $16.6 million (Rp 241.7).

“After the pandemic hit Indonesia and the world for more than a year, there has been a decline in the property market which has resulted in land being sold at prices below market value,” noted Indonet.

“In relation to this, EDG views that this period is the right time to acquire land at the best location with the best prices for the construction and expansion of Edge Data Centres,” the company continued.

The land transaction is equivalent to approximately 26 percent of the company’s equity value, recorded at $63.9 million (Rp 93.08 billion).

Indonesia’ emerging cloud and data centre scene

Indonesia’s large and dense population means that the market is an ideal location for cloud and data centre growth. Both domestic and foreign tech organisations have made significant strides in investing in the Southeast Asian market.

Last year, Google opened its first cloud region in Jakarta. In January, DCI Indonesia, the country’s leading data centre operator, went live on the IDX.

Founded in 1994, Indonet was the first commercial internet service provider in Indonesia. The company provides ICT solutions to businesses to accelerate digital transformation efforts in the country.

India could create 5 million employment opportunities and attract investments: MAIT ERSO report

MAIT, the apex body representing India’s ICT and Electronics sector, said that India could create 5 million employment opportunities and attract global investments going forward.

It has analysed in detail the legal, policy and compliance related recommendations for the Government of India to consider the changes in the policy measures in the sector.

The report underlined recommendations for the Government of India to simplify the procedures to make India a repair and refurbishment hub for IT and electronic products. The report focuses on the importance of the repair market, based on independent third party research and analysis conducted by Lexport as knowledge partners.

The report further highlighted the regulatory landscapes and focuses on the difficulties faced by the repair units in India, which include various regulatory approvals, import/ export restrictions, investment and infrastructure cost, lack of skilled workforce and technology, E-waste related constraints, amongst others.

“The electronics repair industry has the potential of becoming an emerging sector for employment growth in India. With the right regulatory support from the Government of India, the domestic repair service sector in India can experience a tremendous boost. It will thereby generate valuable forex revenue as well as create employment, especially during these COVID-19 times, which has made millions of Indians job-less”, said Mr. Nitin Kunkolienker, President, MAIT.

The initiative to make India an Electronics Repairs Outsourcing Hub will be the next emerging sector for the country and will also have the potential to generate over 5 million new direct jobs, attract investment from across the globe which will further add on to India’s GDP and FE earnings.


The report highlighted the following as its ‘Wishlist’ to the Government of India:


  • Inclusion of ERSO under the Foreign Trade Policy
  • Green Channel facility should be provided to the ERSO industry, without any custom duties
  • A time bound logistic movement should enabled to avoid any delays at the custom port
  • Self- Certification regime must be allowed to avoid any undesirable logistic delays
  • Customs Duty Exemptions, Duty Free Scripts, stamp duty exemptions, tax holidays/ exemptions, E-waste related exemptions etc.
  • For establishment of New Repair Units, the Government can provide – subsidies, land at decent rates, electricity, water and other utilities should be provided at very reasonable rates.
  • Repair units should be incentivised based on the number of repairs undertaken by them for domestic as well as overseas customers.




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Digital Week: Coming Together to Discuss South Asia’s Digital Future

What the year 2020 brought and 2021 has continued is unprecedented. Even as the pandemic has impacted healthcare as we know it directly, it’s most long-lasting effects may be in the social and economic transformations it has sparked.

The world has entered a new, unexpected phase of transformation, driven by an urgent need for operational innovation. Corporations around the world are rethinking how to reach and serve customers, build reliable supply chains, ensure employee productivity and drive the sustainability agenda.

So, innovation as we know it is getting redirected. From mom-and-pop stores who hesitated before embracing e-commerce, to larger companies enabling millions of their workforce to work remotely. A positive evolution is underway as companies and their stakeholders find new ways of connecting, collaborating and keeping in pace with their evolving needs.

Looking ahead to 2021 and beyond, new questions arise as millions of users from Bangladesh to Colombo embrace IoT, AI, and 5G. How can we store this data sustainably? Are there vulnerabilities in endpoint security still to account for? How can SME’s leverage cloud technology as effectively as enterprises?

Simply put, it is time to get together and talk about the future of the Cloud & IT industries in this region. And so, W.Media is hosting the first ever Digital Week: South Asia.

South Asia’s Best and Brightest

From April 28-30, we’re gathering South Asia’s best and brightest for a 4-day virtual conference to cover everything from datacenter deployment to digital banking. You can get a chance to network with 7000+ Senior IT Leaders across India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka markets.

The event will represent 70+ speakers and 2000+ delegates, across 12+ industries, featuring community forums, conference-wide competitions, and 1-on-1 networking meetings. Over  1,500 participants have already registered for the most talked about Digital Event in the region.

We’re excited to announce several industry-leading speakers. These include Jabez Tan, Head of Research, Structure Research; Darren Hawkins, CEO & Founder, SPACE DC, Sanjay Motwani, Business Head, Legrand Data Center Solutions, Ankesh Kumar, GM – Marketing, Schneider Electric, Suppan SaraSaravanamuthu, Director of Operations – APAC, Iron Mountain Data Centers, amongst others.

Experts from end-user companies such as Mohit Kapoor, Group CTO, Mahindra Group, Vinod Nair, Service Head of Data Centre Ops, HDFC Ergo; Dhaval Pandya, Corporate CIO, Piramal Enterprises Limited, Mayuresh Purandare, Head – IT Infra & Cyber Sec, Marico Ltd, Naseem Halder, CISO, ACKO General Insurance, and many more will share their insights.

Representing the government and public policy side are renowned speakers such as Atul Bist, Senior AVP & Head – Technology, Media, Telecom & Electronics Manufacturing, Make in India; Khushbu Jain, Advocate Supreme Court of India, Brijesh Singh, Inspector General of Police, Government of Maharashtra and Vineeta Hariharan, Chief – External Projects, Ministry of Small, Micro and Medium Industries, Government of India.

Not Just a Conference, but a Community Hub

See our Digital Week Website for the full list of our expert guests. More speakers are joining the event each day, and it is shaping up to be the most informative and forward thinking conference of the year.

Whether you’re interested in the Cloud, Datacenters, Digital Transformation, or all of the above, Digital Week has the content and connections to keep you on the forefront of South Asia’s accelerating tech scene.

Other topics that will be discussed over these four days are “How the Indian Data Center market will look by 2025”, “5G and Edge – India’s next trillion dollar opportunity”, “The current cyber security policy in India and what needs to change to manage the decade’s security challenges”, “Assessing enterprise cyber resilience – Why cyber security matters”, and “Creating a highly efficient Data center for the future with 5G, Edge Computing & Next gen Infrastructure Management.”

Here a sneak peek on what tech influencers will talk about at Digital Week South Asia;


Sanjay Bhutani, SVP, AdaniConneX:

“Digital Transformation has certainly reached a tipping point in the last two years. As technology adoption becomes easier and more pervasive, enterprises are leveraging the cloud & colocation for more and more of their workloads.

The pandemic has further accelerated enterprises’ plans for digital transformation. While it might have been on the roadmap for the future, the pandemic has compelled IT leaders to make the transition sooner than later. With so many employees working remotely and capital costs being challenged by the resulting economic crisis brought on by the pandemic, IT leaders see both the value and benefit of shifting to the cloud & colocation facilities.

To serve this unprecedented demand in a relatively underserved market, AdaniConneX is working closely with large enterprises and technology giants with a common goal of building a national data centre platform that could empower a Digital India.”

Sanjay Motwani, Business Head- Legrand Data Center Solutions:

“The pandemic has put Adaptability at the forefront like never before- not just in personal/professional lives but also in data centers. Data centers that will last are the ones built for change. An agile data center will be the key to surpass challenging times that lie ahead for businesses.”

Venkatraman Swaminathan, VP & Country GM – Secure Power Division, INDIA & SAARC, Schneider Electric:

‘The pandemic optimised the digital evolution of many businesses, encouraging them to either embrace or upgrade their existing IT infrastructures leading to a sudden surge in the demand for data centers and cloud solutions. At our current pace and based on internal modeling, energy consumption by data centers will increase two-fold by 2040, a surge largely attributed to the continued rise in edge data centers. To meet increasing demand, data centres must be adaptable, resilient and most importantly, sustainable.’

Consequently, renewable power and cooling technologies will emerge as pivotal elements in promoting sustainable operations that meet business objectives while also keeping the nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in mind.

An Oracle spokesperson:

“With security breaches on the rise, the ability to apply security fixes quickly is critical—especially as more businesses use container technology to build cloud-based applications. At the same time many organisations are required to meet stringent compliance requirements for the protection of their systems. Oracle works with customers to help close security gaps and reduce the attack surface of their Oracle Linux and virtualization infrastructure. Security updates that do not require extra reboots are saving one Oracle Linux customer 500 hours every month—about US$325,000 a year. Oracle Linux enables you to improve security while taking advantage of zero-downtime OS updates.”

Mohit Kapoor, EVP & Group CTO of Mahindra Group:

“The cloud is a great accelerator for innovation embedded in digital customer journeys.”

Arun Gupta, Technology Advisor, Shalby Hospitals:

“Cloud has gained prominence with the changing dynamics and business priorities focused on creating new opportunities with the use of digital technologies. It is important for organizations to continuously explore how they can embrace the Cloud and cloud based offerings.”

Hessam Saifi, Managing Director, DC Pro:

“The pandemic has signified the importance of the data centers not only among the industry professionals but also the general public and the related energy sectors and regulators.”

Shalil Gupta, Chief Business Officer, Mosaic Digital:

“The next normal is going to be different. What brought organisations till here will not take them ahead. Every organisation is now required to curate their own strategy of business transformation, however the flavors of transformation have changed drastically.”

The pandemic has reemphasised on collaborative work and Digital Week South Asia will turbo boost key learnings in our digital journey. Do join in.



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Tesla is building a data centre in Shanghai this June

Tesla, founded by Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk, will build a data centre in Shanghai by the end of June this year.

The news was confirmed by Tesla China’s Head of Communications, Grace Tao.

According to the South China Morning Post, the move forms part of the electric vehicle (EV) company’s plan to adequately handle the data collected from its EVs after the China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology revealed its push for more stringent regulation surrounding data collection.

This also comes after reports about the Chinese military’s ban on Tesla vehicles in its facilities due to the same data collection concerns.

In March, Elon Musk, who is also the founder of SpaceX, assured consumers at the 2021 China Development Forum that Tesla vehicles are not used for spying.

“If Tesla used cars to spy in China or anywhere, we will be shut down,” he said.

Tesla’s Shanghai data centre is slated for completion at the end of June this year, but the operation date has not been confirmed. However, Tao also revealed that Tesla will also conduct R&D efforts in China in the near future.

Japan’s NTT opens new data centre in Silicon Valley

Japanese telecommunications giant NTT has completed its hyperscale data centre in Silicon Valley, officially entering the US data centre market.

Named SV1, the facility is located in Walsh Avenue, Santa Clara. The four-storey facility spans 160,000 square feet with 64,000 square feet of IT space. It has a capacity of 16 Megawatts (MW). Power densities in the data centre range from 7 kilowatts (kW) to 20 kilowatts per rack.

Much like NTT’s existing facilities in Japan. SV1 also contains disaster protection features, such as a base isolation system that is able to protect the establishment against earthquakes.

SV1 is NTT’s third completed data centre campus this year. In February, the company opened two data centres in Chicago and Hillsboro, Oregon with capacities of 72 MW and 126 MW respectively.

As one of the most prominent tech players in Asia, NTT has an expansive portfolio of data centre facilities in Japan and beyond. The company already has 11 data centres in its home country, and is planning to build more data centres in Asian markets including Malaysia, Indonesia, and India.

Microsoft launches Dynamics 365 Business Central in India for SMBs

Microsoft’s business management solution, Dynamics 365 Business Central will now be available in India for small and medium sized businesses.

This all in one cloud solution will help companies ensure continuity in their businesses by connecting sales, service, finance and other operations teams to help them deliver better results. This will bring  flexibility of  Microsoft Dynamic Navision, the company’s enterprise resource planning app (ERP) to deploy in the cloud or on- premises. It can also be accessed from a mobile device to conduct business.

Customised for India the solution comes with inbuilt features that will address local regulatory and market requirements for ease of business, including a tax engine which comprises of over 500 pre- configured use cases and business scenarios for Goods and Services Tax (GST), Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) and Tax Collected at Source (TCS), the company stated.

The availability of Dynamics 365 Business Central was announced at  Building a Resilient Future, a summit organised to discuss building resilience among India’s small and medium business (SMBs).

SMBs are looking for cost selective solutions that would help them in a smooth transition towards their digital transformation journey. Major concerns of SMBs are with regard to the unconnected set of on- premise ERP systems, manually updating the ERP tools and lack of data protection. Dynamics 365 Business Central aims on addressing these concerns with new modular applications, expanded analytics and software improvements.

“SMBs are the backbone of the Indian economy and are driving the country’s digital transformation wave with rapid cloud adoption. With Dynamics 365 Business Central, we aim to empower and strengthen the SMB ecosystem in the country. It offers customers affordable and easily manageable tools that simplify and expedite everyday business processes. We believe it will help small and medium-sized organizations move to the cloud confidently and be future proof”, said Rajiv Sodhi, Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft India.

Microsoft further added that the Dynamics 365 Business Central automates and streamlines business processes including finance, manufacturing, sales, shipping, project management, services and will provide an opportunity for organisations to upgrade from their current accounting software and legacy ERP systems. It integrates with other Microsoft cloud services including Microsoft 365 and can be customised or extended for specific industry needs.



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National Payment Corporation of Vietnam to introduce domestic ‘credit chip cards’

The National Payment Corporation of Vietnam (NAPAS) will work with seven banks to introduce domestic credit chip cards with unified standards to limit cash payments and tackle black credit.

According to a report in Vietnam News, the seven banks include Việt Nam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank), Bản Việt Joint Stock Commercial Bank (VCCB), Asia Commercial Bank (ACB), HCM City Housing Development Commercial Joint Stock Bank (HDB), Bảo Việt Bank (BVB), Sài Gòn Thương Tín (Sacombank) and Việt Nam Thương Tín (Vietbank).

The domestic credit chip cards are expected to be officially some time this week, the report added.

Nguyễn Quang Minh, Deputy Director with NAPAS said that the new domestic credit cards would be accepted throughout the networks of all banks while the previously-issued ones had limited acceptance.

“In developed countries, domestic credit cards are very common,” Minh said. “That banks will join with Napas to issue domestic credit cards will significantly contribute to limiting cash payments and provide more options for consumer credit to prevent black credit.”

The domestic credit chip cards had high security in accordance with the State Bank of Việt Nam’s standards and EMV standards – a security technology used worldwide for chip card payments and acceptance devices – originally developed by Europay, Mastercard and Visa, he said.

Cardholders will not have to pay fees for transactions with an interest-free period of up to 55 days compared to the typical 45 days. The acceptance points would have to pay fees of about 1.1-1.3 per cent of the transaction values, lower than other credit cards.

The fees for cash withdrawal would be about 1-2 per cent of the transaction value (a minimum of VNĐ10,000-20,000 per transaction) also much lower than the fee of about 4 per cent of other international credit cards.

According to statistics from the Việt Nam Bank Card Association, operating domestic credit cards saw a decrease of 10 per cent in 2017-20 and new issuances fell by 36 per cent. Previously, four State-owned commercial banks issued domestic credit cards but the issuance was temporarily halted due to inefficient operation.

Some joint-stock banks already issued this type of card but without unified technical standards, according to reports.

Mobile money pilot

In March, to accelerate cashless payments and financial inclusion, Vietnam’s Prime Minister has approved the Mobile Money pilot project. The pilot project aims to contribute to the development of non-cash payments and the access and use of financial services, especially prioritising rural, mountainous, remote, border and island areas of Vietnam.


How to Grow and Sustain the IT Professional Pool in China 

China is already seeing rapid job growth in the services sector and knowledge-intensive manufacturing, which both generally require higher skills. The booming industry will demand more workers.

McKinsey projected that Chinese employers will demand 142 million more high-skilled workers— those with university degrees or vocational training—or about 24 million more than the country will likely supply.

While companies could fill this high-skilled labour gap with less-skilled workers, this would result in productivity losses or poorer quality products and services. Other companies may leave roles unfilled,

delaying the decision to grow or expand.

If China does not bridge this gap by 2020, the opportunity cost could reach some $250 billion (about 2.3 per cent of GDP)—greater than the economic output of Hong Kong or Israel, according to McKinsey’s estimates.

Graph by: McKinsey

While companies could wait for preferable governmental policies, when needs are specific and urgent, it is in companies’ best interest to keep it within their own hands. How could companies create their own talent pipeline?

Tune in this week for W.Media’s Digital Week to find out more! Tomorrow, we are holding a panel discussion on “How to Grow and Sustain the IT Professional Pool in China 如何在中国发展和保持lT专业人才库”, featuring Jerry Yang CTO, Asia, DXC Technology and Sakshi Vidur, Head of Information Security – Asia Pacific Region, Yum! Brands Inc. This session is moderated by Dr Yale Li, Chairman, Cloud Security Alliance Greater China Region (CSA GCR).

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How to prevent cyber threats in the Japan IT market?

Is your company ready to face tomorrow’s cyber risk?

With more advanced forms of cyber attacks, such as Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) on the rise in recent years, companies need to enhance their digital fortress to tackle the increasingly sophisticated threats factors.

However, Japan is laggard by the global standard in assessing cyber threats at any given moment. “The government’s situational awareness on threats that are unfolding now or about to happen in the future is so low that the decision-making on the necessary budget, human resources and overall institutional design is not in sync with reality,” an expert said in an interview with The Japan Times.

According to the same report, Japan does not have a legalised cybersecurity scheme, similar to the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. Many people may point to the Cabinet Secretariat’s National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC), but it has only five missions, all of which are aimed at improving the cybersecurity of government agencies. Worse, protecting its own citizens is not listed in NISC’s mission, unlike those agencies in other countries. What Japan lacks is the will to address cybersecurity.

What should the companies do? Accenture highlights key measures for success in cyber resilience: stop more attacks, find and fix breaches faster, and reduce breach impact. They also identify the leaders and laggards in cyber resilience, concluding that leaders prioritize moving fast, choose turbocharging technologies, scale more. More importantly, they also train their staff more and collaborate more to increase the value of innovative technology.

However, how does the digital defence fortress in IT markets? With the emergence of cloud computing, how could businesses be better equipped so that they are ready to secure their networks from attackers? What characterizes an efficient IT security strategy?

To answer these questions, we turn to the experts. Tune in this week for W.Media’s panel discussion on “How to prevent cyber threats in the Japan IT market?”: Challenges & Solutions on April 21. We will hear from Dr Eiji Sasahara, Executive Director of CSA Japan Chapter and Takayuki Sugiura, Founder, Representative Director, Japan Hackers Association. The session will be moderated by, Leonard Ong, Region Information Security Officer, APAC, GE Healthcare Speakers.

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Digital Week Northeast Asia 2021: How will Japan’s Data Centre market play out?

Data centre penetration in Japan is largely concentrated in two regions- Tokyo and Osaka.

However, post COVID-19, with the ubiquitous use of technology across the length and breadth of Japan, there is a growing clamour for data centres to be set up in other locations. Addressing delegates at Digital Week Northeast Asia on the topic of “Growth projections for Japan DC Hubs”, Takashi Kondo, Product & Sales Director, Asia, Colt Data Centre Services, pointed out that currently data centre hubs in Japan are concentrated in a 100 kilometre radius around Tokyo.

“There are many factors but the big ones are submarine landing stations, which are close to the Tokyo Bay area,” he said.

In Japan, there are more than 20 international submarine cable landing stations with cables connecting the United Station, Australia, Russia, Pan-Asia, Europe and Africa. Japan is well-connected with submarine cables, with even more projects on the way, including Southeast Asia-Japan Cable 2, JUPITER, Japan-Guam-Australia North, and Okinawa Cellular Cable.

In 2020, NEC Corporation, a Japanese multinational information technology and electronics company, announced a 9,400-kilometer ADC submarine cable that will connect China (Hong Kong and Guangdong province), Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. It is also interesting to ntoe that Osaka has a long history, as the capital in olden times, and also as a gateway for international exchange. From the early-modern era, it prospered as a central area for business and finance and played a large role in the growth and development of Japan’s industrial economy.

“The demand has gone up since the onset of the pandemic and data centres have been driven by submarine cables as well as land availability around Tokyo and Osaka,” according to Hessam Seifi, Managing Director, DC PRO BV. In October 2020, AirTrunk announced a new 300 MW hyperscale data centre in Tokyo.

Challenges in DC penetration

Even as the demand is increasing in the interiors of Japan, companies are a bit hesitant when it comes to setting up data centres. “Land and power requirements are a challenge in smaller regional hubs,” noted Seifi. All that could change.

Edward Tay, CEO, Sistema Asia Capital is of the view that a lot depends on how much content services can be provided locally.

There is also a need to understand the local dynamics in Japan. “We are building a land bank and we work closely with the ecosystem as they are in the best position to provide local knowledge,” pointed out Kondo.

So, what are the trends playing out in the data centre segment in Japan? What is the marketshare of hyperscale versus colocation providers versus local organisations?

Seifi is of the view that the Japan data centre market is dominated by international cloud providers such as Amazon. In Asia Pacific, the trends are similar to other parts of the world.

“Increasing hyperscalers- American as well as Chinese cloud providers such as Alibaba, Huawei dominate the market,” said Daryl Dunbar, CEO of Dunbar Enterprises. Colocation service providers will keep growing, as enterprises are still moving to the cloud. “A lot of businesses have not yet adopted the cloud. In the next 5 years, growing demand in the colo segment,” stated Kondo.

Excluding China, Japan is Asia’s biggest data center market, with an estimated value of US$7 billion by 2025.

Sustainability push

The Japanese government has committed to the decarbonisation goals by committing to a greater usage of Renewable Energy (RE). Recently, Japan said that it aims to double its inter-regional power grid capacity by adding up to 23 GW to help speed expansion of renewable energy such as offshore wind farms. “Japan is strong in wind power and is also the second largest PV market after China,” said Tay.

Japan has substantial coastline and has enormous potential in offshore wind. The Japanese government has introduced legislation to strengthen the regulatory environment for offshore wind and is committed to work together with private sector to promote offshore wind power generation in both domestic and international markets.


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Ramco Global Payroll to be available on Oracle cloud

Ramco Systems, a leading provider of enterprise software solutions and a member of the OraclePartnerNetwork (OPN) announced that their Global Payroll solutions will now be available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

As a part of the collaboration Ramco will integrate its one payroll platform across more than 50 countries with Oracle Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management (HCM), enabling HR & payroll transformation for large enterprises.

Ramco Global Payroll will enable organisations to comply with all statutory and regulatory requirements across more than 50 countries and also driving harmonisation of the global payroll processes on a single platform, the company said. The solution also leverages its Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning (AI/ML) capabilities to identify anomalies in payroll processing, automatically derive reasons for these anomalies using a reasoning engine, enabling the payroll team to focus only on outliers and boost productivity.

“As more organizations embrace digital ways of working, employee engagement and delight has become the underpinning enabler. Our focus on innovation, driven by Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning has provided organisations with enterprise applications that offer a consumer-like experience, thereby enhancing employee engagement and delight. We believe that Ramco Global Payroll, in collaboration with Oracle Cloud HCM, will help enable large enterprises and multinationals drive global HCM transformations holistically. Ramco’s participation in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace further extends our commitment to the Oracle community and enables customers to easily reap the benefits of Ramco’s One Payroll Platform. Through this collaboration, we look forward to mutually achieve our business goals,” said Virender Aggarwal, CEO, Ramco Systems.

“The cloud represents a huge opportunity for our partner community. Ramco’s commitment to innovation with the Oracle Cloud and quality execution will help our mutual customers receive cloud-enabled payroll solutions, ready to meet their critical business needs,” said David Hicks, vice-president, Worldwide ISV Cloud Business Development, Oracle.

Complete with Chatbot, voice and facial recognition based workforce management, organisations can deploy Ramco Global Payroll on cloud, premise or leverage as a managed service, the company said.



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Data Centre tech needs upgradation for effective 5G

Technological advancement in all aspects of humankind is taking place every day.

Fifth generation telecommunication networks or 5G, is the latest invention. Initially, the invention of the 2nd generation (2G) brought about the spread of mobile phones across the world at the beginning 20th century.

After a while, the 3rd generation (3G) came along and pushed the increase of mobile applications on the first smartphones, which were invented shortly after the 2nd generation network (2G).

To increase the smartphone’s efficiency already in the market, innovators and technologists around the world have yet to come up with another generation of the telecommunication network, the 4th generation (4G). 4G improved the smartphone application’s messaging speeds to curb some of the drawbacks of its predecessor, the 3G network technology.

The telecommunication network is now focusing on the 5G technology, which is meant to increase the speed and reduce latency and be able to connect as many devices as possible in the same central point such as data centres. (Reference: “THE IMPACT OF THE 5G REVOLUTION ON THE DATA CENTER | DATA4”, 2021).

Additionally, according to Next Generation Mobile Network Alliance, it will be possible for individuals to get access to information from available data centres faster than previous generations. For instance, 5G will increase the download speeds from anywhere globally to support up to 50MBPS, regardless of the kind of devices one is using.

Also, it will be possible to stream more than one 8K resolution quality video with high-end clarity without experiencing downtime like with the 4G technology. These fantastic capabilities of 5G are enhanced by the increased speeds and very low latency.

Businesses will be required to allow 5G technology to affect their operations to give room for human-machine dialogue and the implementation of Artificial Intelligence with the data centres and connected devices. Due to these improvements, data centres will get more strength, and their role with the world will spread from large cities to small cities (Young, 2021).

Upgrades, need of the hour

However, for the data centres to have the capacity to handle this kind of enormous amount of data, high speeds and low latency across all platforms, each technology piece requires to updated to accommodate 5G infrastructures and software. The current 4G telecommunication devices such as switches, routers and servers will require the appropriate upgrades to facilitate smooth transitions with the data centres.

The benefits to data centres are that new opportunities will emerge for the existing ones, which will be established to support the enormous volumes of data in demand. Therefore, public and private data centres will need to reconstruct the available structures to handle flexibility that is already incorporated in the 5th generation that was not part of the current 4G technology.

Better planning

The cost to meet such requirements will be high, requiring the data centres to budget more on the 5G technology (Young, 2021). Consecutively, since edge computing and 5G are less likely to work and co-exist together, they are a higher possibility that they will exploit each other functionality leading to the establishment of smaller data centres to handle a large volume of data that will need to be processed over small geographical areas.

There is no efficient way to process data at the edge computing technology; preferably, the traditional methods are used to process such data. To eliminate these old technologies, which cannot handle 5G technology, the service providers will be forced to incorporate edge computing nodes in their mesh and other network topologies to support the requirements ofthe 5G in their data centres.(Choudhary, 2019).

The benefits of doing this will be increase data flow into and out of data centres. Furthermore, data centres will also be required to embrace Radio Access Network (RAN) to open opportunities for virtualization of 4RAN networks. Such advancements will allow convergence of local data centres with data center spaces. Finally, data centres will need to enhance their data and information reliability and redundancy, which will be facilitated by edge computing and local data centres.

Since the volume of data will increase, the amount of storage in data centres will be required to be enlarged to handle all the information.(Choudhary, 2019)

For instance, most data centres will be forced to collaborate with other storage technology, including cloud computing for data storage spaces. As a result, data will be more available to users than with other generations of telecommunication technologies. It will be simple for the data centres to provide efficient and up to data from cloud storage. Furthermore, network slicing is another benefit Internet of Things (IoT) will gain from data centres as 5G will allow virtual networks to create and provide more flexible connectivity to meet customers with specific needs. However, this technology has a lot of uncertainty which data centres do not know about since only a few experiments have been done on this improvement.



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Digital Week Northeast Asia 2021 outlines region’s trends

Digital Week Northeast Asia 2021, W.Media’s second installment of their virtual Cloud & Datacenter conferences, kicked off yesterday with an overview of the region’s digital trends.

Delivering the opening address was a joint team from Cushman & Wakefield, Kevin Imboden, Director of Research and Summer Chen, Associate Director of, Cushman & Wakefield Greater China., They were able to give the audience a detailed overview on the digital infrastructure landscape post COVID-19 and the factors changing the dynamics of the commercial real estate market.

This was followed by a panel discussion on “Next-gen Technologies: Artificial Intelligence, 5G and IoT”, moderated by Anand Prasad, Founder & CEO, wenovator LLC. Francois Chabaudie, CEO, NEOMA; Executive Advisor Gaurav Patni, and JR Reagan, CEO/President, IdeaXplorer Global. The panel discussed Korea’s untact economy, how to use AI to supercharge the power of an organisation’s analytics, and the proliferation of 5G across the Northeast Region.

The morning session finsihed off with a keynote by Onion Technology’s CEO, Chango Cho, “Future pProofing Hyperscale Data Centre Ooperation through Data Centre Control Systems”. He specifically addressed three variables: scale, speed and security. “Software needs to be purpose-built for various aspects of data centres and needs to integrate with Building Management Systems, Electrical Power Management Systems, amongst others,” said Chang.

Onion covers 80 percent of market share of large enterprise data centres in South Korea. Cho detailed the different ways software for racks monitoring, energy and environment monitoring is improving the ways companies monitor various their data centers in real time. 

In the afternoon, the Digital Week: Korea session began with an opening address by Joon Hwa Song, Chief Research Officer, Korea Data Center Association. The first panel of the afternoon was on the topic “Digitalisation at the C-Suite Level: Optimising Company Culture for a Digital Future”, which included Jae Lee, VP of Engineering at, Quincus, and Josh Hwang, Vice President at Rescale. The panel was moderated by David Yang, Executive Director, Korea Scoring.

The discussions centred around how companies can go about digitalisation in the backdrop of the pandemic. Concepts such as “Fail Forward” which included the ability to try out a business/technology strategy without worrying about future failure were discussed. Also, this concept needs to be aligned with the objectives of the C-Suite without which it would lead to more complications, the panellists said.


The conference finally turned to the all-important topic of sustainability. Ian Bitterlin, Consulting Engineer & formerly Visiting Professor, University of Leeds presented to the audience “Datacenters: Buying Your Way to Sustainability”. Bitterlin pointed out that consumption of electricity by data centres is on the rise. “Already 15 per cent of the electricity in Singapore’s national grid is being used to power data centres, and that will double by the end of this decade,” he said. Bitterlin lastly touched upon how renewable energy and conventional thermal power needs to be mixed, to fulfil the power requirements of data centres.

This keynote was followed by one on the topic of Cybersecurity, led by Chanwoo (Richard) Lee, Information Security Engineer for, Coupang. [Organisations] should keep in mind the possible threats big or small. It is a two way strategy. It involves prevention of cyber attack and identification of the problem as well as how critical is the problem,” he said. Then Jungsoo Kim of AWS joined the session, granting some insight into how organisations like Amazon are leveraging Korea’s rapid digital transformation to drive business growth.

To close out the first day of Digital Week, we heard from Professor Tumennast Erdenebold of Woosong University on “The Future of Blockchain and Cloud Computing in Korea”. This expansive address covered the latest trends in fintech and crypto: from digital wallets to NFTs. 

Miss out on Digital Week Day 1? Not to worry–all the sessions are now available to stream on our conference platform. You can tune in on Wednesday, 21st April to hear the Hong Kong and Japan Sessions live, as well as the Mainland China and Taiwan sessions on Thursday, 22nd April, the final day of the Digital Week: Northeast Asia Conference.


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