Having the right infrastructure and data centre strategy in place will some of the key elements in driving growth and innovation within the sector.
Are data centres in Asia ready for IoT roll-out? What challenges do you foresee in this regard?
Asia has seen years of exponential growth in its IT services, including cloud computing and big data. To support this growth, there has been parallel advancement in IT infrastructure across the region. Data centres are no exception.
One of the key challenges that is facing Singapore's data centre industry in 2015 is ensuring that data centre facilities can keep up with growing and evolving business demands.
As Singapore continues to attract MNCs and enterprises to set up data centre operations here, it will become increasingly important for enterprises to understand the key considerations in deciding whether to build their own data centre or outsource their data centre needs. High density servers, new power and cooling technologies may have helped to reduce cost and space but other considerations such as available resources, security and scalability encourage enterprises and MNCs to turn to partners for outsourcing their data centre needs.
However, the challenge is not only for new data centres but it is the same for existing facilities as well. According to analyst firm IDC, around 20 per cent of all data centres in the Asia-Pacific region are more than eight years old and not ready to handle modern computing demands. As a result, organisations face the choice of funding an upgrade of their existing data centre, building a new one, or shifting IT resources to a third-party.
What is your advice to companies that are mulling an IoT strategy? Are there any key considerations to be kept in mind?
As IoT gathers pace, this is when businesses should be asking themselves whether they have the data centres and the infrastructure in place to support it. Organisations need to ask questions such as:
- Will its current data centre be able to cater to the vast amounts of data and computing needs of IoT?
- Does it have the scalability to support the business' growth potential?
Companies will need to establish a clear and tailored data strategy before they start integrating IoT into their businesses.
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