by Gary Newbold, Vice President, Enterprise, Asia Pacific
Gartner estimates that by 2020, businesses will be managing the infrastructure, security and financial demands of 5.8 billion connected end-points. In addition to this expected explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT), adoption of other emerging technologies like 5G connectivity will continue to further skyrocket, with 5G network investment in Asia expected to grow rapidly in the coming years.
Against this backdrop, the appetite for data will only see a voracious, exponential increase as enterprises seek to leverage ongoing digital transformation trends to gain competitive advantages.
To achieve success with digital technologies, businesses need to consider the central role of data centres and include them as part of their transformation strategy.
Get up to speed with evolving data centres
Data centres have undergone major digital transformations in the last few years, with conventional in-house data centres evolving into hyperscale, collocated, multi-tenant data centres (MTDCs) and cloud neutral platforms.
While it is not uncommon to hear customers’ concerns about public cloud deployment, we are seeing more businesses switching to MTDCs or colocation for its many benefits. Using MTDC infrastructure enables small and medium-sized businesses to take advantage of advanced technologies such as cloud computing and virtualized data centres, and also significantly reduce latency. This is because the MTDC provides direct connectivity to service providers, cloud providers, content providers, high-frequency traders, financial transaction and peering partners who are also co-located at the MTDC. Adopting a colo approach to infrastructure also ensures resiliency, security and accessibility for companies. Data-intensive business operations can run the risk of website/app crashes and lost sales due to spikes in digital traffic, or encounter leaks and breaches due to data mismanagement and human error. In today’s age of low latency and high-speed connectivity, a colo infrastructure allows us to keep pace with data’s explosive growth and drive the digital experiences that the marketing team is trying to shape.
Integrating emerging technology like 5G and IoT into business operations would also mean users will demand more from their data centres – ultra high speeds, lower latencies and zero bottlenecks will become the industry standard. With the increase in data centre workloads, there is no better time to think about investing more in fiber infrastructure.
Prioritize future-proofing your infrastructure
Whether you manage an airline, bank, SaaS business or a manufacturing organization, your data centre network infrastructure is the enterprise backbone that working works hard behind the scenes to provide customers, partners, employees and consumers with reliable connectivity and data access. The ability to deliver data, applications and solutions at speed and with the highest levels of security will determine your competitiveness.
If you’re not planning a few years ahead for your multi tenant data centres, you will run into issues on managing your data centre as technology advances at a breakneck pace.