SEA DC Market to hit revenues of over USD 11 Billion by 2026: Arizton

The Southeast Asia data centre market is expected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 8 per cent during the period 2020−2026, reports Arizton, a market intelligence firm.

The report finds that the market witnessed investments from new entrants such as Stratus DC Management (Singapore and the Philippines), Regal Orion (Malaysia), and Kepstar Data Centre Management (Cambodia) which are developing hyperscale data centre facilities that will be operational in 2021 and 2022.

Currently, the region houses 12 IT infrastructure providers, 17 support infrastructure providers, 15 data centre contractors, and 16 data centre investors across countries.

The most established DC market in Southeast Asia, Singapore, has little land available for greenfield data centres, leading to more brownfield construction, and data centers shifting to other countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand, according to the report.

The Uptime Institute finds that there are around 99 Tier certified data center facilities in Southeast Asia, of which there more than 85 are Tier III and nine are Tier IV certified facilities.

Arizton also reported that most data centres in Southeast Asia adopt DRUPS systems to overcome power outages, and the demand is quite high in the market which will add significant revenue growth to DRUPS vendors operating in this region.

Government entities are strengthening their internet infrastructure in the region with around 10 active submarine connectivity projects underway in Southeast Asia currently.

The server market expects to witness significant growth in the next few years due to increased investments from large cloud service providers in the region. The adoption of converged and hyper-converged infrastructure solutions is projected to increase the demand for servers with multicore processors.

The data centre generator market is likely to grow due to the construction of large and mega facilities across the Southeast Asia region,

As many governments implement environmental regulations, the report expects growth from the adoption of efficient power systems such as gas generators.


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Cybersecurity threats in Malaysia spiked amid remote working in 2020: Kaspersky 

With 67 per cent of the Malaysian companies required their staff to work from home (WFH) during national lockdowns, a global threat intelligence exchange network Kaspersky reveals that it has detected a 33% rise in web threats in the country last year.

Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) is a complex distributed infrastructure that integrates cloud-based technologies into personal and corporate Kaspersky solutions, with cybersecurity-related data streams from millions of voluntary participants worldwide.

“We have seen several incidents of scams and social engineering tactics last year, which is aimed at tricking the human mind to steal money or information. Most of which used buzzwords related to COVID-19. Avoiding such requires a lot of calmness and vigilance, which is a tough one to have amidst the chaos that is the pandemic,” said Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky.

Amongst the noticeable factors behind the uptrend of web threats in Southeast Asia were the web-skimmers, which is a form of internet or carding fraud where a payment page on a website is compromised has grown by about 20%. The majority of the web threats were targeted at home users in Malaysia, 17.7%, whereas business users at 7.1%.

The top five web threats in Southeast Asia in 2020 were: malware in web traffic is found during browsing scenarios – when user visits infected site or online advertisement performs unfair action; unintentional downloads of certain programs or files from the internet; downloading malicious attachments from online e-mail services; browser extensions activity; downloads of malicious components or communications performed by other malware.

For companies observing remote work, Kaspersky specialists have the following tips to help employers and businesses stay on top of any potential IT security issues and remain productive while the staff is working from home:

  1. Ensure your employees have all they need to securely work from home and know who to contact if they face an IT or security issue;
  2. Schedule basic security awareness training for your employees. This can be done online and cover essential practices, such as account and password management, email security, endpoint security, and web browsing.
  3. Take key data protection measures including switching on password protection, encrypting work devices, and ensuring data are backed up.
  4. Ensure devices, software, applications, and services are kept updated with the latest patches.
  5. Install proven protection software, on all endpoints, including mobile devices, and switch on firewalls.
  6. Ensure you have access to the latest threat intelligence to bolster your protection solution.
  7. Double-check the protection available on mobile devices. It should enable anti-theft capabilities such as remote device location, locking and wiping of data, screen locking, passwords, and biometric security features like Face ID or Touch ID, as well as enable application controls to ensure only approved employees use applications.
  8. In addition to physical endpoints, it is important to protect cloud workloads and virtual desktop infrastructure.

“It is high time for enterprises, of all shapes and sizes, to understand that online threats even against individuals should now be considered risks against companies. We need to remember, cybercriminals, never sleep. Hence our security solutions should be automated, intelligence-based, and proactive,” added Yeo.


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DCI Indonesia goes public, data center shares soar 25% on first day

DCI Indonesia (DCII), one of the country’s leading data center operators, went public on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on Wednesday, 6th January 2021.

DCII released 357 million new shares in its IPO with an offering price of $0.030 (Rp 420) per share. This is equivalent to 15% of the company’s issued capital and paid-up capital. 

Upon its debut on the IDX, DCII’s shares rose 25% to $0.038 (Rp 525) per share.

CEO Toto Sugiri said that the decision to go public is part of the company’s growth strategy. As the global demand for cloud technology continues to rise, the hyperscale data center industry in Indonesia is expected to benefit greatly from this boom.

Toto Sugiri also announced that in the first quarter of 2021, the company will operate four more data centers with a total capacity of 37 Megawatt (MW) in Indonesia to meet the market demand.

“The data center market is estimated to have a total capacity of 72.5 MW by the end of 2020 and according to the projections of Structure Research it will continue to grow with a CAGR of 22.3% over the next five years,” he pointed out.

Established in 2011 and operating since 2013, DCII is the first Tier IV certified data center provider in Southeast Asia.

Delta Electronics tackles the unique challenges of powering mature and emerging data center markets in Southeast Asia

The task of powering data centers is no easy feat, especially when each country brings its unique infrastructure challenges. Any downtime for data centers can be incredibly costly, and this risk is continuously increasing with more industries becoming reliant on data centers.

Within this context, Delta Electronics, a leading global provider of power management solutions, identifies and tackles the unique challenges of powering data centers in emerging markets like the Philippines and more mature markets like Singapore with tailored solutions fitted to each environment.

Reliably empowering data center growth in the Philippines

Emerging markets like the Philippines fuel Southeast Asia’s data center construction market growth with companies such as Globe Telecom, the Philippine Land Transportation Office and PLDT expanding their networks in the country.

The Philippines has a population of over 100.7 million, with 41 Internet users per 100 and rising. It is also ranked #34 for data center density.

But to enable sustainable growth, data centers in the Philippines must have reliable power in a country where natural disasters and political controversies pose great risks for power suppliers.

“Power qualities in areas outside of Metropolitan Manila are not as reliable. Voltage spikes and sags as well as routine power outages are still common for some areas,” said Jimmy Wan, Country Sales Director for Delta Electronics.

Manila has a connectivity ecosystem made up of 18 colocation data centers and 23 cloud service providers, but even last year Luzon’s grid was on red alert.

“Almost the entire country will only have one grid, unlike most countries where any particular area may have two or more power supplies. This means that power ratings of three or four are not completely possible in the Philippines,” added Mr. Wan.

As an archipelago of over 7,000 islands, the rest of the Philippines also has logistical issues with deployment of power solutions and post-sale services. To overcome these challenges, Delta Electronics has service partners that cover the country to deliver services similar to the level in Metro areas.

Another challenge affecting the country is the fact that many small and medium-sized data centers are still on a baseline N deployment with no ability for redundancy. This means a component is not backed up by a duplicate in the event of failure. Medium and larger sized data centers more commonly have N+1 redundancy for UPS deployment.

Mr. Wan said: “A lot of data centers in the Philippines are still using comfort cooling systems like traditional air conditioning instead of precision cooling to maintain the climate inside their data centers.”

The lack of precision cooling in the country may be due to the Philippines typically running at 60Hz frequency, as many compressors and cooling units generally run at 50Hz.

On top of this, the Philippines also has the unique scenario of varying voltages, with 230V, 380V and 460V three-phase voltages depending on the area of the archipelago you live in. Typically, older buildings run at 230V and industrial areas run at 460V, while newer buildings have a 380 voltage.

“This poses a challenge for equipment suppliers, as the majority of demand is in 380V/3ph. Manufacturing in the other voltages are on a per order basis with longer lead times,” said Mr. Wan.

To solve this problem, Delta Electronics adapted to the rest of the market by making use of transformers for three-phase uninterruptible power supply solutions.

Mr. Wan added: “We have many manufacturing plants worldwide and in Southeast Asia, so we can supply our products on time to many markets.”

Delta Electronics has noticed that the Philippines market is adapting to not only reliable, but also efficient power usage.

Mr. Wan celebrated: “The market is understanding now that it is not only important to have continuous power and cooling, but also to do it efficiently by not wasting power.”

Energising Singapore’s land sparse, humid, mature data center market

Singapore is the third most robust data center market in the world and has the most mature market of any country in Southeast Asia, but it is still growing with new constructions from Equinix, Digital Realty, Keppel Data Centres and Facebook as well as cloud providers like AWS, Google, Microsoft and IBM.

Singapore is a great place to set up a data center with low risk of natural disasters, strong network connectivity, a stable political system and a geographically strategic location as a gateway connecting neighbouring Asian countries.

While the high heat and tropical climate in Singapore may seem like paradise for vacationers, it is less than desirable for data centers, as cooling systems have to work harder and consume more power to keep the facility at an optimum temperature.

This is not ideal since data centers already consume an extraordinary amount of power in a time when Singapore is looking to achieve energy efficiency and reduce emissions with carbon taxes and Green Data Centre Standards.

To this end, Delta Electronics endeavors to ‘remain committed to the research and development of innovative, energy-saving products, solutions and services that substantially contribute to the sustainable development of mankind’.

Mr. Wan said: “Our solutions are tailor-fitted to our environment and are designed to resolve our challenges. Our products are driven by global trends, scalability, efficiency and sustainability.”

Delta Electronics, with headquarters based in Taiwan, recently celebrated achieving a TIER III-Ready Award by Uptime Institute for their Point of Delivery data center solution, recognising its energy efficiency and power reliability.

Mr. Wan added: “To amend power quality, the market usually oversizes their equipment or makes use of other power quality equipment to amend these issues like power filters.”

In a land sparse country like Singapore where space is becoming increasingly valuable, Delta Electronic’s POD solution along with their Micro Data Center and Containerized Data Center solutions allow for small, medium and large enterprises to take advantage of efficient and future-proof solutions.

“Delta is unique as it is the only top data center vendor that has its headquarters in Asia. Most vendors are either European or American,” said Mr. Wan.

Delta Electronics also recently helped HTC-ITC, a subsidiary of Hanoi Telecom, to build a TIER III Uptime certified data center in Vietnam.

With the right power solutions, an emerging market could grow into a more mature market and compete at a global scale, ultimately providing societies with greater connectivity and efficiency that can power up local and worldwide digital economies.

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Malaysia’s AIMS starts constructing flagship Tier III data center in Cyberjaya

Malaysia-based data center operator AIMS has started construction on a flagship Tier III data center in Cyberjaya.

The facility will offer 240,000 square feet of white space and a scalable power capacity of up to 50MW.

“The new facility will open Malaysia up to more connections and the prospect of establishing itself as a regional data center hub,” said Chiew Kok Hin, the Chief Executive Officer of AIMS Data Centre.

The interconnected data center provider aims to enable businesses to set up their IT infrastructure with more ease and reduce reliance on third parties located outside of Malaysia.

Mr. Hin added Malaysia is strategically located in Southeast Asia with domestic and international connectivity, ease of access and relatively low cost of entry.

The new data center known as AIMS @ Cyberjaya will act as a satellite site for the Malaysia Internet Exchange, for which AIMS is the ‘anchor site handling traffic for over 88 peers and networks with international connectivity’.

The facility will cater to hyperscalers and enterprises with high processing needs and strict security requirements by providing enhanced security measures, including ten levels of security, biometric systems and anti-tailgating mantraps.

In a press release by AIMS, the data center provider said the facility is able to ‘maximise cooling efficiency and has solid power management capabilities’ through a N+1 dedicated generator and chiller plant as well as an N+2 computer room air handler.

As cloud adoption increases across Southeast Asia, the Malaysia-based facility will offer direct access to AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure, bypassing public Internet for better latency and enhanced security.

The new data center will be equipped with Uptime Institute Tier III and Green Building Index accreditations as well as Risk Management in Technology guidelines compliance issued by Bank Negara Malaysia, ensuring reliability and resiliency.

Located in Cyberjaya, AIMS’ new data center is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2020, contributing to the town’s aspiration of becoming the ‘Silicon Valley of Malaysia’.

This will add to AIMS’ growing portfolio of data centers across Southeast Asia, with two more facilities expected to be coming soon in Vietnam.

Image credit: AIMS

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Global consortium ADC building high-performance submarine cable across Asia

Asia Direct Cable (ADC), a global consortium of leading communications and technology companies is building a high-performance submarine cable across Asia.

NEC Corporation, a Japanese multinational information technology and electronics company, announced today the 9,400-kilometer ADC cable will connect China (Hong Kong and Guangdong province), Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

ADC Cable Network

“This new system will contribute to drive the Asian ICT business growth as one of the core infrastructures in the region and to meet the evolving marketplace,” said Mr Koji Ishii of SoftBank and Co-Chair of ADC.

The cabling, constructed by NEC, is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2022.

Mr Ishii added: “As a leading submarine cable system vendor, NEC has successfully provided many trans-Asia submarine cable systems, making the company the most reliable choice for the ADC supply partner.”

Optical fibers make up the ADC cable, which is designed to carry more than 140 Terabits per second of traffic. This will deliver necessary diversity for Asia’s key information hubs and high-capacity transmission of data across regions in East and Southeast Asia.

“The ADC system … will enable carriers and service providers to better plan their networks and services for sustainable development,” said Chang Weiguo, one of the ADC Co-Chairs from China Telecom.

As technological advancements in cloud computing, 5G, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things increase across Asia, the high-capacity allows the cable to support the increasingly bandwidth-intensive applications.

“This advanced optical fiber submarine cable system will provide seamless connectivity to the countries it lands in and the regions it services,” said Atsushi Kuwahara, the General Manager of the Submarine Network Division at NEC Corporation.

The ADC cable system hopes to enhance the expansion of communications networks in the East and Southeast Asian regions.

Mr Kuwahara added: “NEC is impressed by the level of commitment from members of the ADC Consortium, and will fully capitalize on our regional expertise to support ADC and ensure the successful completion of this project.”

The ADC is a global consortium of leading communications and technology companies, including CAT, China Telecom, China Unicom, PLDT Inc., Singtel, SoftBank Corp., Tata Communications and Viettel.

“The new cable will enhance our infrastructure and also our ability to harness new technologies for future growth,” said Mr Ooi Seng Keat, Vice President of Carrier Services, OTT and Satellites, Group Enterprise at Singtel.

According to Research and Markets, the submarine cable systems market in Asia Pacific is expected to expand at an annual growth rate of 9.8% from 2018 to 2027, increasing from US$5.6 billion to US$14.7 billion over the nine-year period.

Image credit: NEC

VMware brings Automation Cloud Service to Southeast Asia, boosting data center capacity

VMware announced today it will bring their vRealize Automation Cloud Service to Southeast Asia through general availability in Singapore.

The American-based innovator in enterprise software announced in a press release that the service will boost data center capacity, streamline application delivery and allow for rapid scalability.

VMware hopes this will empower businesses to fast-track innovation and help them pivot towards Southeast Asia’s mobile-first, app-driven economy.

Sanjay K. Deshmukh, VMware’s Vice President and Managing Director for SEAK, said: “As more companies anchor their operations in Singapore to leapfrog into Southeast Asia’s app-driven digital economy, it is critical that they foster greater collaboration and agility to spur business innovation.”

The service is also expected to enhance accessibility and security by allowing all data to be hosted locally in Singapore.

The VMware vRealize Automation Cloud Service works with other cloud providers like AWS, Azure, GCP and VMC to ‘foster collaboration between developers and IT operators’.

The service consists of VMware’s Cloud Assembly, Service Broker and Code Stream products that automates multi-cloud experiences and ensures continuous delivery of applications in line with DevOps.

Singapore recently lost the top spot in the Asia Cloud Computing Association Cloud Readiness Index. The announcement of VMware’s service could help businesses take advantage of ‘leapfrog’ technology like AI, 5G and the Internet of Things to reclaim the number one position and remain competitive with emerging markets.

The World Bank ranked Singapore in second place amongst 190 economies for ease of doing business, which made it ‘an ideal hub for businesses looking to ride on Southeast Asia’s growing digital economy’ for VMware, the number one ranked provider in IDC Cloud System Management Software Report.

VinGroup’s VinAI to be the ‘first in Southeast Asia’ to deploy the NVIDIA DGX A100 data center solution

VinAI Research, VinGroup’s AI research arm revealed, has claimed to be the first in Southeast Asia to deploy the newly-launched NVIDIA DGX A100 data center solution.

Vietnam’s first artificial intelligence research lab looks to use the supercomputer to train large AI models for language and videos by enabling more natural human interaction with machines through voices, gestures and biometrics.

VinAI will scale up AI research with NVIDIA’s DGX A100

Dr Bui Hai Hung, the Director of VinAI Research, said: “We have some exciting models and experiments waiting for the new machine.”

Around 70 scientists, residents and engineers will make full use of the new AI system that can reduce the time required to complete an experiment from more than one week to less than 24 hours.

He added: “Our lab’s computing-facility utilisation is always maxed out at 100% so there is no shortage of workload.”

The research lab contributed to the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by automatically analysing tweets for COVID-19 events and enabling face recognition of people donning face masks.

VinAI, founded in 2019, is prepared to scale up their research for applied AI projects, enabled by systems like NVIDIA’s DGX A100.

Dennis Ang, NVIDIA’s Director of Enterprise Business for the SEA and ANZ Region, said: “The new NVIDIA DGX A100 will empower VinAI to optimise computing power and resources to accelerate diverse workloads including data analytics, training and inference.”

The investment in AI is part of VinGroup’s long-term strategy of becoming a technology-focused corporation.

The NVIDIA DGX A100 was revealed in May 2020 as the world’s first five-petaflops server that can be divided into as many as 56 applications running independently. The system includes NVIDIA’s new A100 GPU and will cost around US$199,000.

Jensen Huang, NVIDIA’s Founder and CEO, said in a keynote recorded from the kitchen of his California home that the system allows a single server to either “scale up” to race through computationally intensive tasks such as AI training, or “scale out,” for AI deployment.

NVIDIA estimated that a data center powered by five DGX A100s working on AI training and inference can do the work of a typical data center with 50 DGX-1 systems and 600 CPU systems consuming 630 kilowatts and costing over $11 million.