Data centres help enable the online applications that people depend on for work, entertainment and communications but they require significant power to move information around the world. According to Teoh Wooi Keat, Country Manager, Malaysia, Vertiv, there has been a 23.5% increase in internet traffic when work-from-home was implemented in Malaysia.
Improving connectivity is key especially for businesses transitioning to technology-enabled processes and systems. Organisations are expected to make more effective use of technology to not only manage costs but also remain productive in this new normal.
So how can businesses sustain this?
They need to be sure they have the right infrastructure in place to support all their business demands and needs. And one of the most important infrastructures in this is the data centre. But of course, for organisations that are spread out, having a huge data centre can be challenging which is where the micro-data centre comes in. The smaller architecture is designed for computer workloads that don’t require traditional facilities and can be more agile.
One of the advantages of the micro-data centre is that it enables edge computing. As businesses continue to make the most of their data and rely heavily on them for insights, edge computing allows them to get the information they need faster.
“Data centres as a subset of the data infrastructure need to expand, especially in the need for more compute power. Some of our customers, like the banks, decentralise the compute power to the branches. Everything is done at the branch, which is what edge computing is all about. We were able to provide micro-data centres in branches to support them”.
Apart from banks, the adopters of micro-data centres are the smaller manufacturing industries. Teoh pointed out that municipal councils are also looking to enable micro-data centres as it empowers them to do a lot more and they then don’t need to rely on the state infrastructure. Hospitals are also increasing the use of micro-data centres to avoid cyber threats by having all the data in the same place.
However, the edge micro-data centre is best suited for companies with many branches. The micro-data centre is able to control everything in a particular branch and the trend of this usage is increasing.
“Micro-data centres also help companies avoid downtime issues, especially with cybersecurity concerns increasing. If there is any breach through a cyber attack, only that particular micro-data centre is affected. Of course, our customers will have to add their own third-party data protection services for their data as well. We only provide physical security to our physical infrastructure”.
Looking into 2021 and beyond, Teoh believes that companies will now look to improve and get more support for their infrastructure, especially in maintenance and upgrading. In 2020, Vertiv has provided the technology and now believe more clients are looking to upgrade and Vertiv will be there to support them in their journey.