World’s highest-altitude data center begins second construction phase in Tibet

The world’s highest-altitude data center in Tibet has just commenced its second phase of construction.

Located in Tibet’s capital city of Lhasa, 3,656 metres above sea level, the data center costs US$1.8 billion (11.8 billion yuan), and is scheduled to launch in 2021.

Chinese state media, Xinhua, reported that once completed, 70,000 data center servers will be able to serve users in China’s cities and provinces, including Beijing, Shanghai, Sichuan and Jiangsu, as well as neighbouring South Asian countries Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

China’s Ningsuan Technology Group is in charge of the data center. The company says that the data center will provide IT services to partners in areas such as video rendering, autonomous driving, and distance-learning.

The Group’s Vice President and CMO, Wang Jun, said that as Lhasa is being granted approval to become an exporter of regional and international communications services, Tibet could become a big data industry base, realising three-dimensional network interconnectivity across the Himalayan region.

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Philippines Market Insights 2020

In the Philippines, the relationship between the Telco industry and Cloud Computing is symbiotic. The Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity, and Datacenter landscape is intensifying with new entrants keen to establish their foothold in the market. Market optimism is at an all-time high, a signal that the Cloud ecosystem is on the precipice of accelerated growth.

The rising middle-class coupled with a local internet population of close to 70 million users indicates lasting growth in the Cloud sector. Individuals in the Philippines spend an average of 10 hours online (Source: Hootsuite, and WeareSocial Digital 2019 report), topping the global average. The pivot towards high speed connectivity promises to maximize this usage gap. A mix of open-source IT design, and robust competition will rapidly address the discrepancy between usage and infrastructure.

The structural core of this explosive growth in Cloud Computing are the twin pillars of  Cybersecurity, and Business Continuity Plans. Latency and data breaches threaten to drown positive market sentiment. In recognition of Cloud’s  growing dominance, W.Media will be extending its Cloud and Datacenter Convention series to the Philippines.

Cloud and Datacenter Market: Key Drivers in the Philippines

Philippines’ economic growth rate of 6.8%, overtakes China’s growth rate of 6.7% as of 2019 (Source : Government of the Philippines). The 30th ASEAN Summit which was held in the Philippines further affirmed the country’s journey to be the next Asia’s new economic powerhouse.

The BPO Industry is seen as a multi billion-dollar industry and is expected to double by 2020. Countries like the United States, Australia and the UK are among the largest users of BPO. Leveraging on its close cultural affinity to the West, the Philippines is renowned for its strong BPO industry, and is oftenly revered as the Outsourcing Destination of the World. Strong growth of BPOs in the Philippines is expected to drive further demand in data storage and computing demands. 

Cloud Computing Services in the Philippines and Data Privacy have been a highly contested topic.  Section 4 of the Data Privacy Act (DPA) provides that the “Act applies to the processing of all types of personal information and to any natural and juridical person involved in personal information processing including those personal information controllers and processors who, although not found or established in the Philippines, use equipment that are located in the Philippines.” As an inference, there is a need for cloud service providers to localize their datacenters in the Philippines. 

Keep watch – W.Media will commence its 2020 survey for the Philippines market in Q3.

Visit the Philippines Cloud and Datacenter Convention here.

Singapore Market Insights 2020

The rise of Singapore in the Cloud Computing, and Datacenter sphere is remarkable, and startlingly impressive for a nation with limited land. Its position as a mature datacenter hub both lends it, industry regard as well as, motivates its regional counterparts to emerge as market contenders. To that end, Indonesia, and Malaysia have emerged as the most likely Cloud Computing and Datacenter competitors. Having led the industry in  APAC and the wider global region for over a decade, the market is pivoting towards greater efficiency, and sustainability. Its reliable power grid, coupled with skilled personnel have proved to be overwhelmingly attractive against space scarcity concerns.. As new entrants establish their presence in Singapore, they have innovated to adapt to the unique features of the market landscape.

The tight regulations in Singapore was fueled in part by the inherent design inefficiencies. The legal restrictions have resulted in a massive leap in sustainable design among key industry figures. Working in tandem with the magnified focus on Datacenters and efficiency, the central government’s dedication to Cloud Computing is unparalleled. The Services 4.0 plan detailed in IMDA’s digital services report 2018 (Infocomm Media Development Authority’s  Services and Digital Economy (SDE) Technology Roadmap 2018) is in full effect. With the nation’s characteristic flair for infrastructure roll-outs, Cloud Native Architecture remains the focal point of IMDA’s digital roadmap. The Financial Services Industry(FSI), Ecommerce, and Government’s technology stack are the key drivers of Cloud in the nation. The scalability benefits alone have proved enormously attractive and pushed these sectors into adopting Cloud service delivery models.

Cybersecurity sits at the very heart of a well-designed Cloud Architecture, user confidence in the infrastructure remains crucial to the continued adoption. 

Managed Services, Migrations and Expansions listed as key projects

W.Media’s 2019 survey received responses from 1200+ IT professionals in Singapore. As an overview, the key projects that respondents are intending to undertake include Managed Services (23%), Datacenter Migration and Expansion (40%), Private Cloud Deployment (11%) and Migration to Public or Hybrid cloud (11%), with most of them indicating to commence multiple projects at the same time. Challenges listed include Budgeting and unexpected cost (35%), Migration risks and integration issues (20%), Rightsizing/Projecting IT requirements (18%), Service Excellence of providers (14%) and IT Team’s familiarity with new deployment (10%). 

Keep watch – W.Media will commence its 2020 survey for the Singapore market in Q3.

Visit the Singpaore Cloud and Datacenter Convention here.

Thailand Market Insights 2020

According to a study by Frost & Sullivan, global traffic between data centers will grow by 28% annually between 2018 and 2021, a higher growth rate than the traffic between data centers and the users, which is projected at 24%. This trend has been driven by CDNs and the need to disseminate large volumes of static content closer to the user, such as images and video. The ASEAN data center market is set to grow at a CAGR of 16.1% over the next 5 years. Emerging markets, Indonesia and Thailand, are expected to be key growth engines in ASEAN. 

This resonates with Thailand’s push for Industry 4.0 across multiple industries including manufacturing, logistics, tourism and more. The route to digital transformation by corporations in Thailand aims to cope with changing customer behavior and intense competition from global players. To support digitization, corporations will need to focus on building a strong and agile IT infrastructure, leading to the need for cutting edge strategy and technologies in cloud, data centers, and connectivity.

Just few months back, W.Media held its inaugural Cloud and Datacenter Convention in Thailand which brought together over 700 senior IT professionals. Industry experts highlighted Thailand as a strong contender to be the ICT hub for Indochina – find out more in the post event coverage via this link. 

Managed Services, Migrations and Expansions listed as key projects

W.Media’s 2019 survey received responses from 700+ IT professionals in Thailand. As an overview, the key projects that respondents are intending to undertake include Managed Services (23%), Datacenter Migration and Expansion (29%), Private Cloud Deployment (11%) and Migration to Public or Hybrid cloud (11%), with most of them indicating to commence multiple projects at the same time. Challenges listed include Budgeting and unexpected cost (34%), Migration risks and integration issues (25%), Rightsizing/Projecting IT requirements (16%), Service Excellence of providers (15%) and IT Team’s familiarity with new deployment (8%). 

Keep watch – W.Media will commence its 2020 survey for the Thailand market in Q4.

Visit the Thailand Cloud and Datacenter Convention here.

Malaysia Market Insights 2020

Malaysia’s Cloud and Datacenter landscape is primed to leap into the next phase of Cloud Computing. The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), coupled with its potential to revolutionize every step of the industrial, manufacturing and service delivery process, is driving this evolution. Even though AI is on the horizon with its presence working as a signal of the future dominance of Industry 4.0, uncertainties still exist. The question still lingers: Is Malaysia’s infrastructure ready?

The scalability opportunities from AI and the supporting Cloud infrastructure have inspired cloud migration. However, the mechanics of going from an on-prem to a cloud-based architecture requires a strategic plan of attack. Managed service providers are crucial to assist in what initially seems like an insurmountable task. Legacy datacenters are also reviewing their facilities to keep pace with Digital Transformation. This ecosystem of new entrants and established players are set to be in the forefront of a revolutionary industrial shift.

This new field of play comes with its own set of challenges, chiefly in securing consumer and industry confidence. The dual issues of Cybersecurity and Disaster Recovery are essential as latency is the overriding factor in sinking optimism around AI and subsequently, Industry 4.0. Cybersecurity has also been in scrutiny given the recent high profile attacks on major Malaysian organizations.

Astounding results deduced from Malaysia Cloud & Datacenter Convention 

From its pre-registration survey, out of the 800+ IT professionals in Malaysia who responded, majority were from the Financial Services industry (19.1%). Other industries include Telecommunications (17.6%), Cloud Service Providers (14.1%) and Government Agencies (10.2%). As an overview, the key projects that respondents are intending to undertake over the next 12 months include implementing Cybersecurity (27%), Datacenter Migration and Expansion (25%), Private Cloud Deployment (25%) and Migration to Public or Hybrid cloud (25%), with most of them indicating to commence multiple projects at the same time.

According to Malaysia’s mainstream news, The Star, many Malaysian companies reported a downtime of more than 24 hours due to cybersecurity breaches in 2019. It is reported that 26% of companies in Malaysia said that the most severe cybersecurity breaches in the last year has had a financial impact of more than US$1mil (RM4.11mil). As such, the MYCDC’s pre-registration survey results aligned with the news report, where many IT professionals recognise the need to address Cybersecurity in order to operate their business efficiently in the long term.

Experts will highlight best practices on Cybersecurity and Business Continuity Management 

 Apart from addressing the key concerns and challenges centred around Cybersecurity, IT and business leaders can look forward to understanding what makes the best Business Continuity Management plan – Hint: It is never just about having a plan.

 Due to unexpected crisis such as recent events like the US-China trade war and the Coronavirus, there were major disruptions in the global supply chain, and the importance of Business Continuity Management has never been more  emphasised. Business Continuity Management will be highlighted in MYCDC where we share how to better position your company in light of the recent crisis. How can technology play a part in the decision making process? How important is digitisation in the role of Business Continuity? Are you readily equipped to tackle crisis efficiently when it arises?

Keep watch – W.Media will commence its 2020 survey for the Malaysia market in Q3.

Visit the Malaysia Cloud and datacenter here.

Indonesia Market Insights 2020

Indonesia’s position as the largest economy in Southeast Asia has fueled its rise in the Cloud Computing, and Datacenter industry. Coupled with relatively low startup and operational costs, the country is rivaling traditional Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity, and Datacenter hubs.  Datacenters in Jakarta alone are set to witness a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.8% in the years 2019-2024 , the highest for any city in Southeast Asia (Cushman & Wakefield Datacenter Report 2019). 

The central government’s decision to enact and relax Data Sovereignty Laws, has served as a framework for the industry at large. Strict data localization laws, once created a regulatory structure that drove demand. However, the subsequent move to ease legal restrictions, and the continued robust demand, has reassured the major players in the industry. Fears of a market crash were quickly allayed. This flexibility and willingness to evolve makes Indonesia distinct from many of its closest competitors.  International heavyweights in public cloud such as Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google Cloud have recognized this tremendous growth potential of the country and seized the chance to open datacenter operations within the country. 

Though  Cloud Computing expansion remains on an upward trajectory, power infrastructure is still an issue throughout the country. Latency arises as a major stumbling block to the massive Cloud Computing growth lying within reach. Additionally, Indonesia’s decision to shift its capital  opens the field up to a vast number of new entrants. The plan to move the administrative heart of the country to Borneo, presents an opportunity for businesses to work together with governmental organizations, and embark on Digital Transformation and Cloud Migration strategies. The degree of changes in Indonesia necessitates an in-depth analysis of the different strategic directions available for companies in the market. 

Keep watch – W.Media will commence its 2020 survey for the Indonesia market in Q3.

Visit the Indonesia Cloud and Datacenter Convention here.

Vietnam Market Insights 2020

Among ASEAN countries, Vietnam has increasingly proven itself to have one of the largest room for cloud adoption with the country’s rapid growth in Cloud expenditure. In 2018, Vietnam’s Cloud service market was valued at USD$165 million and it is projected to reach $291 million by 2024, exhibiting a double digit CAGR of 10% between 2019 and 2024.

According to APAC SMB Digital Maturity Index released in April 2019, 18% of Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) in Vietnam kickstarted their digital transformation journey through investing in Cloud Computing. Venturing into Cloud Computing enabled these companies to build large-scaled computing power, as well as to minimise technical requirements and physical storage. In addition, Cloud adoption has also equipped these SMBs with the appropriate technology to expand their IT infrastructure, which would have otherwise required a significant upfront capital investment. 

Following through a conversation with Mr Luong Huu Tuan, Co-founder of Vietnam Open Infrastructure Community, he highlighted that Vietnam’s Cloud market in in 2020 would be extremely exciting, with many interesting changes in the market to anticipate and new challenges to be tackled. For instance, the young talents in Vietnam’s IT industry are currently implementing a smart cloud platform for the digital transformation process in the country. With this move, we can expect Vietnam’s Cloud market to advance even further in the near future.

While local SMBs are moving towards cloud adoption and digital transformation, these are not without challenges. Based on APAC SMB Digital Maturity Index, local respondents indicated these areas that they lack of which deters them from cloud adoption: Digital Skills and Talent (17%), Insights into Operational and Customer Data (17%), Robust IT platform (9%). However, the Vietnamese government has stepped up and is taking measures to tackle these challenges that the locals face, which has greatly aided the decision of SMBs to adopt digitalization. For example, most of the respondents are aware of the government’s initiatives to support SMBs in digitalization and at least 64% had benefitted from them.

 Moving forward with the navigation and growth of Vietnam’s digital businesses, W.Media will be bringing back the largest Vietnam Cloud & Datacenter Convention to Ho Chi Minh on 27th August 2020. It is the one and only inclusive event where end-users, operators, system integrators, consultants & engineers are able to meet and connect. Our conference agenda would help to tap on key progresses, best practices, concerns and the future of cloud and data centre innovations. 

Keep watch – W.Media will commence its 2020 survey for the Vietnam market in Q3.

Visit the Vietnam Cloud and Datacenter Convention.

Pushing the edge of sustainability in the data centre with natural gas and lithium-ion UPS

For more than 10 years, Power Partners has delivered a variety of power protection solutions for mission-critical applications, including the burgeoning data centre industry in Singapore. Despite the relatively staid nature of electrical engineering, however, Paul Randall, the technical director of Power Partners feels there is ample room for improvement in terms of enhancing reliability, going green, and reducing costs.

Doing power well

While it is tempting to mistake Power Partners as an equipment vendor, Randall was quick to point out that Power Partner can integrate a full range of equipment into a cohesive solution based on the specific needs of a customer. One aspect that sets Power Partners apart from the “big equipment makers” is how Power Partners is well-versed in integration, he says.

“We integrate the equipment into the building, which might include the fabrication of an appropriate enclosure, the actual installation, and hoisting the hardware into place. We do have our own range of products, but we also collaborate with the industry to address specific requirements.”

One example of this integration ability would be supercapacitor/lithium-ion static uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Randall says the UPS that Power Partners offers can integrate with the ATS and genset, thus ensuring the load is always protected.

Being a traditional dynamic rotary UPS provider in Singapore, Power Partners has recently ventured into supercapacitor technology and gas generator to meet customers’ demands.

That’s not all, however. The use of supercapacitors and the tight integration with the genset provides a buffer to ensure that consecutive power outages and the associated voltage dip (coup de fouet effect) experienced by traditional batteries don’t bring the lithium-ion cells below the UPS low level DC. Which would be disastrous and can culminate due to multiple outages with a short autonomy UPS.

“We provide a whole power train from the grid to the racks. Though we are an equipment vendor, we have the capability to integrate lots of equipment as part of a solution to supply power to the data hall downstream. This is important with owner-furnished equipment on the upward trend. As such, we don’t see ourselves as a contractor, but as an equipment specialist,” said Randall.

An eye on green

Aside from reliability, going green is another topic that weighs heavily on Randall, who believes that a switch to natural gas in the data centre can alleviate pollution. The rationale is simple: Why settle for diesel backup generators when a natural gas power plant offers a significantly lower greenhouse gas emission that is at least 30 percent lower? 1

“The cost of operating a natural gas generator is similar to that of a diesel generator. However, natural gas is the perfect fuel for regional Southeast Asia countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia, which has an abundance of this resource,” said Randall.

It is hence no accident that Power Partners offers the entire ecosystem to support a natural gas power plant, from the natural gas gensets themselves to the requisite equipment to handle and store natural gas. He said: “We can compress and liquefy natural gas for easier handling. We can store the fuel in a liquified natural gas (LNG) storage tank.”

> Keppel Data Centres enters into partnerships to explore sustainable Floating Data Centre Park and LNG solutions in Singapore

Innovating with power

Randall sees the opportunity to both enhance reliability and reduce cost through the use of new technologies and innovative designs. His organisation’s integration of its lithium-ion UPS and genset is one such example of the former, though Randall also suggests alternate methods of deployments that turns convention on its head.

Pointing out that the gensets of a data centre are left “doing nothing” outside of a power outage, Randall posited using them as the primary power source in parallel with the power grid. This reduces energy cost with no impact on reliability, and excess capacity can also be sold back to the grid to further reduce the running cost.

Of course, this can only be effective with natural gas. But because the gas generators that Power Partners sell are combined heat and power (CHP) power plants, exhaust/engine heat from the generator is automatically put into a heat exchanger and absorption chiller to generate chilled water. This can be piped back into the data centre for cooling, lowering power consumption at no extra cost.

For this to work, the design must be sound, says Randall. “Your design has to be resilient. You must consider all different scenarios, from short circuits, leaking pipes to unstable utility power.” He acknowledged that there are mental barriers to be overcome, too: “Like it or not, it is a very human trait that everyone is waiting for one of their peers to be the ‘first one’.”

With the expertise from parent company Air Water Inc, a traditional industrial gas manufacturer since 1929, both Air Water Inc and Power Partners can provide a full suite of turnkey solutions for gas, water, and power to mission critical facilities.

Opportunities ahead

Though Power Partners has long focused its attention on the Singapore market, it is now setting its eyes on a larger stage after its acquisition by Air Water Inc, Japan. With a vision for growth in the region, Power Partners is currently in the process of establishing offices in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines.

“We see that many data centre operators are investing in other parts of Southeast Asia, especially in Indonesia and Thailand. Vietnam is worth paying attention to, too, given its large and youthful population,” said Randall. “With the trade war between the U.S. and China, we are seeing companies divert their factories over to Vietnam. We all know that when manufacturing is established somewhere, information technology – and new data centres – will inevitably follow.”

Elsewhere, the growing trend towards data locality is doubtlessly another factor that will drive the construction of new data centres in the region. Moreover, the region is also rapidly modernising, and both governments and commercial organisations are deploying a wide array of smart equipment. And as organisations turn to artificial intelligence (AI) and edge computing to power these systems, the demand for data centres can only increase.

“You need data centres that are local to support applications such as AI and IoT. Data centres are here to stay. The only question is the scale of each facility: Will it be big or small? The digital economy is here to stay, and data centres are a vital component of this new economy.”

OVHcloud sets to capture Cloud market share in Asia Pacific with infrastructure expansion

Founded in 1999, OVHcloud has evolved from a web hosting company to becoming one of the global top 10 cloud players and is now positioned as a market leader in the industry. W.Media was privileged to be able to speak with Lionel Legros, General Manager of their Asia Pacific business cluster.

Trusted expertise and fast delivery is key to OVHcloud’s success

Hop on to ​​ and, every IT professional will be able to find the cloud solutions and bare-metal servers most suited to their expectations and for the most critical of their infrastructural needs. This is made possible by OVHcloud’s end-to-end control of its production lines and automated processes, including manufacturing their own racks and servers, and owning asset-heavy datacenters.

OVHcloud is able to differentiate from its competitors as it enables customers to select one or more dedicated servers with a single click. Most importantly, the servers can be made available to customers in just under 120 seconds. This efficiency and convenience provided by OVHcloud has allowed the company to retain a strong customer base.

Legros shared that to tackle the growing concerns of data security, OVHcloud provides dedicated infrastructure, such as Bare-metal servers and Hosted Private Cloud services, giving our customers the ability to keep control of their data. The company also provides managed network services which assist in mitigating attacks coupled with the advantageous fact that OVH owns their network fibres.


“Game servers are a frequent target for DDoS attacks so we needed the best protection for our services,” said Mitch Smith, Managing Director, Shockbyte, a game server provider based in Australia and one of the longest running Minecraft hosts. “After we switched to OVHcloud, we have been able to completely mitigate all attacks, and to this day we have never experienced another outage due to a DdoS attack. Another reason we chose OVHcloud is because we needed a provider that would allow us to scale fast. OVHcloud allows us to setup new servers instantly, which means we can scale as needed, rather than attempt to predict our requirements.”

Expansion in Asia Pacific

OVHcloud’s Public Cloud services is currently one of the largest Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions based on OpenStack. It is now available globally, attracting customers into 49 locations in Asia Pacific and 215 locations worldwide. Following the launch of their APAC office in Melbourne in 2017, OVHcloud has continued its expansion into APAC by setting up datacenters in Sydney and Singapore. With datacenters located in APAC, businesses in the region can benefit from improved resilience and higher speeds for data transfer. It will also benefit existing EMEA customers seeking to expand their businesses into APAC.

This expansion aligns with the company’s multi-local strategy, which aims to bring datacenters physically closer to local end-users. Despite high growth and expansions, OVHcloud is committed to delivering fast and reliable services to their customers.

OVHcloud now provides Cloud solutions worldwide from datacenters across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

About OVHcloud

OVHcloud is a global cloud provider that specializes in delivering industry-leading performance and cost-effective solutions to better manage, secure, and scale data. OVHcloud provides a smarter alternative for bare metal servers, hosted private cloud, hybrid and public cloud solutions. The group manages 30 datacenters across 12 sites in 4 continents, manufacturing its own servers, building its own datacenters and deploying its own fibre-optic global network to achieve maximum efficiency. Through OVHcloud spirit of challenging the status quo, the company brings freedom, security and innovation to solve data challenges – today and tomorrow. With a 20-year heritage, a solid European foundation and a strong presence worldwide, OVHcloud is committed to developing responsible technologists, as the group strives to be the driving force behind the next cloud evolution.

Amidst the tides, Digitisation is key to Business Continuity

Trade war, health concerns, etc.

COVID19 is the latest of a series of cataclysmic events with an enduring impact on the global business landscape. The uncertainty, and the palpable fear linked in part to the all too painful memories of SARS, have caused a massive shift in thinking about digitisation. No longer merely a tool to ease and streamline collaboration, the digitisation of workplace processes has become the backbone of the economy.

In light of such a situation, it is essential for companies to be equipped with proper measures to minimise disruptions in their business operations. Many businesses in Asia are already stepping up their business continuity plans to ensure their ability to continue serving the needs of their customers. For instance, home-based work policies have been implemented across several companies to disperse office concentration and minimise contact. Working from home is made possible with the adoption of cloud services, where employees are able to access company data and systems remotely. One such example is United Overseas Bank Ltd which has effectively activated its business continuity plan. Apart from temperature screenings and postponing their large scale public events as precautionary measures, their employees are also working from split site, from home and on split shift. Evidently, digitisation and technology has allowed businesses to continue operating despite unplanned disruptions and emergencies.

While the outbreak undoubtedly posed a serious threat to many businesses, it has also served as a warning to businesses to start leveraging on technology. In Singapore, the local office of Havas witnessed an increase in user demand for their SSL VPN systems since the outbreak.

Nonetheless, the positive effects of an increase in uptake of such technologies would be negligible if employees are not properly trained to use them. Another important issue to consider are infrastructure concerns such as bandwidth and capacity issues associated with working remotely. To tackle these, Mr Brian Veau, CTO Of Southeast Asia and India at Havas, mentioned that the company ensures all employees are trained and comfortable with using SSL VPN systems. The company also makes sure that bandwidth had been measured from time-to-time. This greatly lowers the risk of disruptions to their daily operations as employees are familiarised with the systems and operations can resume smoothly.

In difficult times like this, the importance of technology for a company’s operations is especially emphasised. It is thus crucial for businesses to examine how they will function under situations such as the widespread of COVID19 and be one step ahead to tackle crisis when it arises. In all, effective business continuity plans coupled with the use of technologies will allow companies to be better positioned in time of recovery. 

Business continuity management (BCM) topics will be expounded in W.Media’s Cloud & Datacenter Conventions across SE Asia. Check out our events calendar via 

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Southeast Asia (SEA) Datacenters set to witness accelerated growth in the next 5 years

Southeast Asia as a powerhouse

A report by Cushman & Wakefield estimates that the Southeast Asia Datacenter market is set to achieve a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 13% in the years 2019 to 2024. The region is projected to achieve accelerated growth in the market as more companies are choosing to develop datacenters in Southeast Asia. Asia-Pacific as a whole, is on track to lead the datacenter market by 2021 with a total market size estimated at US$28 billion. 

Malaysian-based and Japanese-owned company, Regal Orion Bhd Sdn., is in the process of building a US$290m Green Datacenter in Labu, Negeri Sembilan. The datacenter facility will occupy 11,520 square metres of space, and host up to 4,064 racks. Essentially making it the largest facility to be housed within a single site in Southeast Asia. 

Datacenter firm DCI Indonesia, has also begun construction of its third datacenter facility called JK3 in Cibitung, West Java in Indonesia. Toto Sugiri, CEO of DCI, shared that “DCI is ready to become a pioneer who presents the largest hyperscale datacenter facility in Indonesia,”. Furthermore, Indonesia’s stellar growth as a young market is capped off by NTT Communications Corporation, announcing the development of a new datacenter campus at Bekasi, Indonesia.

The greater need for an improved IT infrastructure is driven by the potential for rapid digital economic growth. The ever-increasing development of datacenters in Indonesia is a testament to the improved IT ecosystem. With an enhanced IT infrastructure, companies can depend on reliable and stable data access and ramp up service delivery. 

With its developed infrastructure and vibrant business climate, Singapore is the natural choice for Facebook as their entry point into the Southeast Asian Datacenter Market. This new datacenter will be the first to incorporate the new StatePoint Liquid Cooling system, an innovation targeted at the minimisation of water and power consumption. Additionally, Singapore’s scarcity of land resources was central in Facebook’s datacenter high-rise design, reducing urban sprawl, and maximising land. These innovative approaches signal new paths of growth in mature markets. 

Hosting powerhouse of data

Singapore is projected to lead APAC growth well into 2024, outpacing North America. Considering the land-scare nature of Singapore, Jakarta and Malaysian are next in line for a massive uptick in datacenter growth. Industry giants such as Huawei, Alibaba, and Microsoft are already investing in these countries as a recognition of their market potential.

As its market position evolves, Malaysia will be the beneficiary of green technology becoming the pillar of datacenter design. As the notoriously energy inefficient processes of Datacenters get addressed in more mature markets, an emerging market like Malaysia stands to gain from this new call to action. The abundance of hydro-resources and its geographic nature as a peninsula makes it an ideal candidate for sub-sea cables.

With over 22 cables connected in close proximity to Singapore, Malaysia is seen as a major contender in the region. Malaysia’s public and private sectors, are keen to promote digital transformation through effective strategic partnerships with global and local datacenter vendors. The government of Malaysia is focused on upgrading the telecommunications and network infrastructure to improve readiness for hyperscale datacenters. Considering business continuity plans are already central in rising and mature datacenter markets, the region looks set to achieve healthy growth in the foreseeable future. 

The rapidly changing landscape of Southeast Asia’s Datacenter industry opens the playing field to new entrants, and international heavyweights. W.Media’s series of Cloud and Datacenter Conventions throughout the region, focuses precisely on the vast growth opportunities available. The Conventions are tailored to be country-specific yet fully designed to carve out and capitalize on the local market’s international standing.  Reach out to our consultants to best meet your business and marketing interests. 

Be part of the latest developments in Cloud and Datacenters:

  • Malaysia Cloud & Datacenter Convention, Kuala Lumpur – 27th February 2020 
  • South Korea Cloud & Datacenter Convention, Seoul – 12th March 2020
  • Vietnam Cloud & Datacenter Convention, Hanoi – 8th April 2020
  • Philippines Cloud & Datacenter Convention, Manila – 14th May 2020
  • Singapore Cloud & Datacenter Convention – 16th July 2020
  • Vietnam Cloud & Datacenter Convention, Ho Chi Minh – 27th August 2020 
  • Indonesia Cloud & Datacenter Convention, Jarkata – 24th September 2020 
  • Thailand Cloud & Datacenter Convention, Bangkok – 4th November 2020

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