How are ‘essential’ data centers dealing with coronavirus lockdowns and circuit breakers?

By April 2020Data Center, News

How are ‘essential’ data centers dealing with coronavirus lockdowns and circuit breakers?

How are ‘essential’ data centers dealing with coronavirus lockdowns and circuit breakers?

As countries enter lockdowns and Singapore begins a circuit breaker to stop the spread of COVID-19, the pressure on data centers is rising.

Many employees have been forced to work remotely. To keep the world online, data center operators are categorised as essential staff in Singapore, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Canada, many states in the USA and more.

Jon Curry, VP Operations for APAC at Digital Realty, confirmed that as of 17 April 2020, both of their operational facilities in Singapore are approved by the Ministry of Trade and Industry to continue to operate as essential services during the country’s enforced ‘circuit breaker’.

In a statement from A. William Stein, the CEO of data center provider Digital Realty, he said: “With the rapid spread of COVID-19—and our increased reliance on technology and the infrastructure it runs on, in an era of social distancing—Digital Realty’s responsibility is more critical than ever.”

Data centers deal with demand

Data centers across the world are experiencing more demand generated by higher internet traffic and use of cloud services to continue business and communication. Services using cloud-based technology like the video-conferencing software Zoom and video game distributor Steam both witnessed unprecedented usage during the outbreak.

Global connectivity provider Epsilon experienced much higher demand for interconnection, direct connection to the cloud and for peering at internet exchanges.

Epsilon’s Product Director Chin Woon Lee said: “Data centres are crucial for all organisations as it’s seen as a key parameter for Business Continuity Plans.”

Many companies have invested in cloud and hybrid technology over the past few years to keep up with the speed of digital transformation. These advancements are made possible by the efficient running of data centers.

Ms Chin added: “Data centre staff will play an even more crucial role to ensure that all services are at the highest standards and all Service Level Agreement offered to customers are met.”

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and provide uninterrupted services, many data center providers like Epsilon, Digital Realty and Keppel Data Centres are sanitising facilities, screening customers, rotating engineers and enabling remote working where possible.

Ms Chin said: “Data centre operators have to be even closer to their customers, assuring these customers are at ease and focus fully on delivering services to their end users.”

With increasing demand, data centers run by Equinix and Netflix are quickly seeking to complete upgrades. 

Ms Chin believed there should be exceptions made if construction work is required to support greater capacity and ensure infrastructures are not disrupted for those that rely on their services.

Ms Chin added governments can help by establishing more specific guidelines on operations with feedback from industry players to ensure the continuity of services while keeping their workers safe.

Despite the increasing spread of COVID-19, data centers in Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines are currently expected to continue operations, as strict lockdown measures and guidance on essential services have not been put in place as of yet.

What will the post-coronavirus future look like for data centers?

Has our outlook on the industry changed after we have been forced to work from home? 

Could the outbreak speed up digital transformation? 

Once the pandemic situation calms, will spending on data centers and cloud services increase now that it is seen as more essential than ever before?

Join us online at our free Inside Asia – Technology & Markets Next Moves webinar to explore these pressing issues and more on 30th April.

Do you have questions of your own? Register now to have yours answered by industry experts from Keppel Data Centres, Princeton Digital Group, Cloudmatika, DC1st, Fortinet, DBS Bank and SC-Nex.

Author

Receive the Latest News

Latest News

September 2020

Delta completes Vietnam’s first Uptime certified green data center

September 2020 | Data Center, News | No Comments
Taiwan-based power management solutions company Delta Electronics has completed Vietnam’s first Uptime certified green data center.  The data center took eight months to complete and is certified under the Uptime…
Read More
Cybersecurity
September 2020

CrowdStrike Survey: Majority of businesses in Thailand see cybersecurity as top priority

September 2020 | Cybersecurity, News | No Comments
US-based cybersecurity company CrowdStrike revealed nearly 80% of business leaders in Thailand view cybersecurity as the top priority in recovering after the COVID-19 pandemic. Conducted between May and June, the…
Read More
September 2020

South Korea’s Penta Security enters Indonesia market, signs deal with top tech distributor

September 2020 | Cybersecurity, News | No Comments
South Korean cybersecurity company Penta Security has entered the Indonesia market by signing a deal with the country’s top tech distributor for IT security products and solution, PT. Prospera Aswindra…
Read More
FPT Software
September 2020

FPT Software shines for Vietnam by winning big international awards

September 2020 | Digital Transformation, News | No Comments
FPT Software is shining for Vietnam after winning big at two international digital award ceremonies by OutSystems and the Stevie Awards Vietnam’s largest IT company was named by OutSystems, a…
Read More
DC Alliance Pier DC
September 2020

Singapore’s Figtree makes first data center investment with stake in DC Alliance

September 2020 | Data Center, News | No Comments
Singapore-listed Figtree has made its first strategic investment in the data center market by taking a 27.5% stake in DC Alliance, a data center owner-operator with a facility in Australia.…
Read More
CommScope Ruckus Analytics Vertical Banner
Back to Events
Comments