Saturday, November 25, 2017

These are Asia’s top 10 data centre hot spots

As the region prepares to take over Europe by 2021 as the world’s largest data centre market, clear leaders are emerging.

Asia is the world’s fastest growing data centre region today, and within the continent’s very large geographic reach, several alpha cities standout making the whole country a viable data centre destination.

A study by Cushman & Wakefield’s, Data Center Risk Index, has looked into the major hubs in Asia, and placed Singapore at the top of the charts when it comes to market robustness with a score of 84.5 out of 100.

How did the company rank Singapore and the other cities?  Cushman & Wakefield’s looked into several components not only from a financial perspective but also governmental, infrastructure and resilience to natural disasters.

In Singapore’s favour, is its “strong network infrastructure, diverse connectivity to major APAC markets, its pro-business environment and political stability”.

The city-state has a current total supply of 370 MW of IT power supply among co-location operators. Around 59 MW of IT power is readily available for data centre use, and 103 MW can be converted into IT power within three to six months.

But which other countries made it to the top, you ask? See below with respective punctuations:

  1. Singapore (84.50)
  2. South Korea (83.23)
  3. Hong Kong (78.73)
  4. Japan (76.48)
  5. Australia (68.18)
  6. Malaysia (66.86)
  7. Thailand (59.55)
  8. Indonesia (51.81)
  9. China (50.22)
  10. India (47.84)

In the report, Cushman & Wakefield’s highlights: “Despite a large amount of supply coming through 2015–2016, the data centre market in Singapore continues to lead some of its large neighbours in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region in a race to the top of data centre location rankings.”

According to further reports, the overall APAC region is expected to surpass Europe’s data centre market by 2021 based on an exponential growth of data and need for cloud and colocation services all across the continent.

“Mobile data usage, in particular, has increased in Asia Pacific in recent years. In 2016 alone, the region reached 3,109,117 terabytes in mobile data consumption per month. And it is expected to reach 22,845,908 terabytes per month in 2021,” read in the Cushman & Wakefield’s study.