Southeast Asia has seen some of the most dramatic and rapid developments in the cloud and IT industries over the past 18 months.
The role of data centres as the engine behind the success of businesses and livelihoods cannot be understated. On October 14, W.Media’s SEA Cloud & Datacenter Awards Summit 2021brought together the best and bright minds in the region.
Singapore holds onto its title as the region’s premiere datacenter hub. Having led the industry in APAC for over a decade, the market is pivoting towards efficiency and sustainability. Its reliable power grid, coupled with skilled personnel have proved to be overwhelmingly attractive against space scarcity concerns.
On the other hand, the rising star to be is Indonesia. Data Centers 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). Also, this makes it an attractive market to enter.
Thailand’s cloud and data center market could be on the verge of greatness. As the second-largest economy in ASEAN continues to improve its international connectivity, multinational companies are queuing up to make investments. Increasingly, the market is pivoting towards efficiency and sustainability.
Singapore’s reliable power grid, coupled with skilled personnel have proved to be overwhelmingly attractive against space scarcity concerns and an increasing push by regulators to move towards renewable energy. Lim Say Leong, IEC Global Ambassador & Managing Director for Sunlight (A CHINT Company), gave his insights into Singapore’s energy efficient digital infrastructure.
“Socomec wants to ensure every environmental investment is as worthwhile as possible. This is why we regard durability as a crucial sustainability factor in our business: robustness and lifespan of products determine the replacement cycle and thus carbon footprint. Hence we place a strong emphasis on post-sales service quality to support the optimal health and longevity of our clients’ systems, and of course sustainable production practices. We steer toward predictive and prescriptive maintenance progressively,” stated Andy Ng, General Manager from Socomec.
He also gave a presentation on “Re-thinking energy performance and operating costs in DCs”. Panel Discussions on Digital transformation, 5G, IoT and a boom of Hyperscale Data Centers in Indonesia were discussed in detail.
Chang Cho, CEO, ONION Technology and ONION Software pointed out the importance of reliability and resiliency of data centre operation cannot be compromised considering the importance of data center service continuity. A panel discussion on Colo and Cloud Innovations for Enterprise Adoption touched upon the scalability, cybersecurity and as-a-Service model and tips on how enterprises can best manage their costs.
Supparat Sivapetchranat Singhara Na Ayutthaya, CEO, ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (Thailand) spoke about the digital divide and ways in which Thailand can be a part of a global digital economy. The event saw 400+ participants.