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Sustainability, cost and efficiency the top data centre investment priorities in Singapore

Zafirah Salim | Oct. 14, 2014
Energy costs are a major concern, with 86 percent of data centres being monitored continuously on their energy consumption, and 76 percent on energy efficiency.

At the opening address of the Singapore Datacentre Week 2014 - which runs from 13 to 17 October 2014 - DCD Intelligence (DCDi), the business intelligence division of Datacentre Dynamics, revealed that the key investment drivers for Singapore data centres have changed significantly in the 2014 to 2015 timeframe compared to the same period a year before.

According to DCDi, the Singapore market wants much more out of data centre performance this year compared to last year, with more respondents in the Data Centre Asia Pacific Census 2014 focusing on a greater range of key performance areas in 2014 than they did in 2013. A dozen of the performance areas saw jumps of more than ten percentage points; and in particular, Singapore respondents have made sustainability, more effective use of space, and reduced operating costs their top three priorities.

These priorities are aligned with DCDi estimates for key data centre metrics in Singapore for 2015. DCDi said that total data centre space would grow 2.74 percent to 740,000 sq meters between 2014 and 2015, down from a 6.57 percent increase in space for the same period a year ago.

Despite the slowdown in space requirements, DCDi analysts said that there will be 10 percent more racks in 2015. This contrasts with an 8.11 percent increase in racks from 2013 to 2014, which suggests that data centres may be more densely packed per square meter in future.

Growth in power requirements have also slowed to 1.15 million kW in the 2014 to 2015 period against 1.1 million kW in 2013 to 2014, and 930,000 kW in 2012 to 2013, a testament to more power-efficient servers being installed in Singapore data centres today.

Key data centre concerns in Singapore

The study also revealed that Singapore data centre staffs are more concerned about key data centre parameters around sustainability, cost and efficiency than the global average. Energy costs are a major concern, with 86 percent of data centres being monitored continuously on their energy consumption (global average of 68 percent), and 76 percent on energy efficiency (global average of 46 percent). More than half (57 percent) are also monitored continuously for server utilisation, a measure of efficiency, against a global figure of 45 percent. 

Monitoring, like PUE (power usage effectiveness) ratings, are key indicators of data centre sustainability and energy efficiency. Singapore's average PUE is in fact better than the global average, DCDi added. 

"Singapore has one of the highest levels of concern about energy costs while capacity does not appear to be rising that sharply. The Singapore market has very high expectations about the performance and excellence of its data centres. With a myriad of new issues like big data, legislation and sustainability coming to the fore, data centre managers have a busy year ahead," said Dedric Lam, CEO, Asia Pacific, DatacenterDynamics.


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