According to the 2014 Asia/Pacific Data Center Index study published by the research firm IDC, Singapore is one of the top two locations in Asia Pacific when it comes to suitability for setting up new and outsourced data centers (second only to Hong Kong). That environment was the backdrop in July when IO Singapore hosted IO Symposium, a half-day event designed to serve as a platform for Singapore’s industry thought leaders to explore the ways research organizations and technology providers can work together to bring about advancements in how data centers are designed, managed and consumed.
The symposium was attended by a group of researchers and scientists representing IO, McLaren Applied Technologies, the Institute of High Performance Computing, the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), the Data Storage Institute and Nanyang Technological University.Also attending the symposium were members of Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB). IO is excited to be working with EDB to continue to innovate data center technology in Singapore.
As a true reflection of the robust research and development environment in Singapore, the five-hour session facilitated a dynamic discussion between experts in various specialized research areas with one common goal: to improve the agility, sustainability and efficiency of data centers. The group addressed topics ranging from cross-layer optimization for energy efficiency in virtualized data centers and green data center R&D to photonic switching for scalable modular data center deployment, robust adaptive software-defined networks and big data computing.
Bottom line: Singapore is already one of the top spots for data centers in Asia, and all signs indicate that digital infrastructure there will continue growing rapidly. With its focus on innovation through partnering with researchers and technology companies like IO, the Economic Development Board is well poised to continue facilitating that growth.