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12 May 2017

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Talking about the future of data centres at this year's DCW Asia Hong Kong is Wui-Kiat Wong. Here, he tells John Bensalhia of the growth and plans for data centres in 2017...

Pullout quote: "There is more awareness by the public of what the cloud is and how data centres play a crucial part in its existence."

Delivering not one but two talks at this year's Data Centre World Asia Hong Kong is Wui-Kiat Wong, Associate Director with Norman Disney & Young (NDY).

The first of these talks will be jointly presented with Philip Hu, managing director, North Asia, Uptime Institute. It is entitled 'Machine and Robots versus Humans', and will look at the rise of the robots in the workplace and in our daily lives.

Wui-Kiat will be presenting the second session by himself. The talk is called: 'A Glimpse of the Future for Data Centres and How You Can Prepare For It.' This presentation looks at the developments that will affect data centres in the next few years, and offers guidance on how you can be fully prepared for the ultimate change.

For over 13 years, Wui-Kiat has worked in the construction and operation of data centres, and has overseen successful completion of projects in Australia and Asia. Wui-Kiat's special fields of expertise span Diesel Rotary UPS systems and Medium/High Voltage systems, and also has an interest in Nanotechnology and optical based computing systems.

Wui-Kiat says that today, there is a greater awareness of data centres and their capabilities. "Data centres and the services that they provide are now an integral part of everyday life especially in Developed and developing countries. Data and the cloud are now reaching the point where they should be considered an essential service in the same way as electricity and water."

The greater awareness of the data centre has been due in part to a recent Increased promotion of the cloud by providers. "There is more awareness by the public of what the cloud is and how data centres play a crucial part in its existence," says Wui-Kiat. "The public are growing increasingly comfortable with remote access of their public and private data through the cloud and on demand streaming services (Netflix, Spotify, etc...). This has, in turn, required data centres to increase in capacity."

While the issue of cyber attacks continues to pose a problem in today's society, Wui-Kiat says that data centres offer the requisite security. "Data centres are still considered as the safest place to store your data for both physical threats (loss of power and cooling, physical security, loss of connectivity, etc...) and cyber security."

Another notable development in the last year is the emergence of data centre operators and equipment manufacturers from China into both developing and developed markets, as part of the One Belt One Road policy.

The One Belt One Road Policy was proposed four years ago by the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, with the aim of forming the largest global platform for economic co-operation in fields such as trade, finance, economics, as well as cultural and social co-operation.

"In developed markets, there is an ongoing consolidation of assets by the large operators, concentrating the number of operators and providers," says Wui-Kiat. "Also, there has been a divergence between companies: those who are looking for large leases concentrated in single locations and those wanting greater flexibility to deploy in small leases but in many different areas."

Wui-Kiat says that one of the fundamental aspects of data centre knowledge is an understanding of the market as well as the tenants being targeted for the particular data centre: "It’s very difficult for a data centre to cater for every single tenant’s requirements especially in terms of space and power."

For the rest of the year, Wui-Kiat says that there will be a continued demand and growth from consumers/end users for cloud based and IT services in both developed markets and developing markets.

"There will also be the completion of a number of large data centre projects this year, resulting in an influx of physical space to the market," says Wui-Kiat.

"In developing markets, end users skipping entire generations of content delivery such that any new data centres have to be equivalent in magnitude and reliability to the rest of the world."

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