Transforming the data center for the cloud era

Responding to an increasingly significant cloud-driven digital economy that is disrupting a whole range of industries – from financial services to transportation to retail – many Asia Pacific businesses are rapidly transforming themselves into agile, interconnected enterprises.

Technology has become a top priority for CEOs in recent years and the focus of CIOs have shifted in tandem from infrastructure to areas such as business intelligence, analytics and cloud services, pointed out Gareth Bridges, Equinix Asia Pacific’s senior manager of Field Development, at the recent Equinix Cloud Forum, a showcase event of the 12th Data Center Summit organized by Questex Asia, publisher of NetworkWorld Asia.

“We expect major transformations ahead for data centers to help unlock value and innovation in the digital age today,” said Victor Ng, editor-in-chief of Network World Asia, who presented the top data center trends and transformation for 2016 and beyond.One of the developments we are seeing around us in the region is the idea of governments building smart cities. Smart cities can only be built on smart infrastructure, and data centers have been singled out to be at the forefront of development of the core infrastructure that the digital economy will run on.”

But to seize opportunities to realize revenue growth in the digital economy, IT organizations must reshape the way they plan for and deliver technology and engage with end users.

A disruptor like Uber, for instance, would have to facilitate data exchange between their drivers and customers via smartphones, and between the company itself and payment companies that it works with. They also rely on cloud service providers to run data analytics on service demand and supply and to store the massive amounts of data that they gather.

Instead of the traditional highly-centralized models, IT organizations today require the ability to run mission-critical workloads, such as data analytics, as close as possible to markets where they operate, which ensures performance and minimizes latency. “ Bridges added. “With our 146 data centers [in 40 top markets] around the world, we can help you decentralize your operations to support new business models.”