Preparing for the future takes up much of our time. Whether it's placing the 'To Do' notes on the screens of computers for the week ahead or pencilling in meetings or events in the diary, future planning is key.
This is also true when looking ahead to the future of data centres. Providing some thoughts on this matter in May's Data Centre Worldâ Hong Kong event will be Wui-Kiat Wong, Senior Associate with Norman Disney & Young (NDY).
Wui-Kiat's presentation will be under the banner of Preparing Your Existing Data Centre for the Challenges Ahead.
"My session/presentation will aim to cover off the main issues facing existing data centres," says Wui-Kiat. "It will also provide a summary of what can be done to prepare it for the future."
Items on the agenda include future technologies; enterprise versus co-location; different models of the Cloud; business needs; and master-planning and future upgrades.
Norman Disney & Young (NDY) is a professional services firm of consulting engineers with a global presence, and has offices in locations such as Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Dubai, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
"Established in 1959, Norman Disney & Young remains a private company employing more than 600 people servicing key markets in buildings, health, mission critical/data centres, defence, transport, industrial and utilities," says Wui-Kiat. "My job is to work with our clients to understand their needs/requirements and subsequently deliver cost effective, innovative and sustainable solutions. I was previously based in NDY's Sydney office but have now relocated to open up NDY's new Hong Kong office."
Wui-Kiat has worked in the construction and operation of data centres for more than 12 years with successfully completed projects in Australia and Asia. His particular fields of expertise cover Diesel Rotary UPS systems and Medium/High Voltage systems. He also has a particular interest in Nanotechnology and optical based computing systems.
Wui-Kiat addresses what the main issues currently are for data centres: "Ensuring that the building and the installed infrastructure can support changing technologies within the IT white space, while maintaining resilience and improving efficiency."
Wui-Kiat says that data is essential for any business operating in today's environment, adding that particular fields of business operation can either be aided or hampered by the actions of a data centre: "Data centres can either help or hinder a business through: the data centre's capacity and ability to expand; the data centre's reliability/resilience; and the data centre's efficiency and running cost."
However, in Hong Kong, there have been some notable technologies and upgrades which have been introduced for data centres. Furthermore, Wui-Kiat says that he anticipates more future developments taking place in this field. "In the Hong Kong market, recent technology upgrades include advances in free cooling solutions, Rotary UPSs, higher power densities and cooling solutions."
"I expect to see further developments at the rack and server levelâ - for example, Open Compute."
Come and see Wui-Kiat's presentation at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), where the event will be taking place on 18th and 19th May 2016.