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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Data Center Management

Security and disaster recovery drive growth of data centers in Asia Pacific

A strong majority of large corporations in Asia Pacific plan to expand their data centers in either 2013 to 2014, according to an independent study commissioned by Digital Realty.

The survey indicates continued growth for the data center industry in 2013 and 2014. Majority of respondents (83%) indicated that they plan to expand their data centers in either 2013 or 2014.

Increased security was the most important reason given for data centre expansion, followed by disaster recovery.

The trend is toward more efficient data centers with less raised floor space (13,300 square feet /1,235 square meters on average, compared to 14,800 square feet / 1,375 square meters in last year’s survey).

Power needs have remained constant, with an average requirement of 5.0 kW per rack, compared to 5.1 kW per rack a year ago.

The survey respondents also indicated a strong preference for APAC locations for their new data centers; and two-thirds of respondents would rather see the data center in the country where they work.

The most popular target locations cited were Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney.

In a recent research report titled Data Center Services On Fire In Emerging Asia Pacific, Forrester Research Senior Analyst Seepij Gupta states, “Forrester estimates a 22% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the next five years in third-party data center services.”

“The results of the Campos study, as well as Forrester’s research, confirm the continued demand for data centre space in our markets,” said Kris Kumar, regional head of Asia Pacific at Digital Realty. “Customer demand is being fueled by similar trends we are seeing in other parts of the world. Our customers need improved security, especially in light of the trends towards cloud, virtualization, and an increased reliance on critical IT systems.”