Editor’s Note: This marks the inaugural post from Kevin Kwang, seasoned IT journalist based in Asia and official guest blogger for IO APAC.
There’s no doubt about it: the data center market in Asia, specifically in Southeast Asia, is hot.
According to the October report by consulting firm BroadGroup, there will be sustained investment in data centers with a forecasted 40 percent increase in capacity by 2015. This growth will be driven by the explosion of mobile data and increasing enterprise IT outsourcing, as well as the emergence of cloud computing and entry of large-scale data center players, mainly from the United States, it said.
The study looked at five specific markets – namely Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand – and evaluated 83 vendors with 187 data centers across the Asean region.
Besides forecasted growth, BroadGroup also dropped an interesting nugget of information. It stated that a “polarizing trend” is occurring between the large-scale data centers owned mainly by overseas players deployed in Singapore, which is the dominant data center market among the five, and those of smaller and often older data centers in the other markets. In fact, facilities measuring less than 10,000 square meters represent more than half of all facilities evaluated in the report.
Fact is, land is cheap in many of the emerging Asean markets but facilities with the necessary power, cooling and Internet connectivity infrastructure in place are harder to find, and may cost a whole lot more than in developed markets like Singapore.
For operators and enterprises with smaller, aging data centers in emerging markets, the cost of upgrading their facilities or investing in a new site might make them hold off their investments.
This is where a modular data center model would work for them. IO.Anywhere, for example, offers a set of standardized and factory-tested data center infrastructure modules that are available in standard increments of power, cooling and IT capacity.
Once ordered, these modules can be delivered straight to your facility, and are essentially plug-and-play computing containers. Standard IO.Anywhere modules can be purchased, deployed and operational in approximately 90 days and in increments as low as 200 kW.
With the implementation of these data center modules, companies need not worry over having to increase land space, or invest in more power and cooling infrastructure, or even redesigning their existing facilities.
This is an instant fillip for companies looking to get more out of their existing data center facility, at a fraction of the cost.
Additionally, IO’s data center operating system, also known as IO.OS, allows administrators and IT professionals the ability to extract more out of both its modules as well as existing server racks, by intelligently managing and controlling all elements. These could mean moving workloads across data centers in real-time, automatically powering down a dormant virtual machine, or even calibrating the temperature of the facility according to the heat being generated within.
Alternatively, for companies that find the complexity of navigating through various regulations, ministries and utility implementations while balancing these concerns with remaining on budget, perhaps it’s time to consider IO’s colocation services as a possible solution.
By relying on the tightly integrated and managed infrastructure offered by IO, which is hosted out of Singapore, enterprises may find they get more bang from their buck outsourcing their data center needs to a third-party service provider.