The next wave of data centre capacity growth in the Asia Pacific region will be driven by the virtualisation of critical applications, big data, and data centre consolidation, according to Digital Realty's latest annual report.
Commissioned to Forrester Consulting, the report is based on an online survey of 245 data centre decision makers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia.
The report revealed that virtualisation (47 percent), big data (46 percent), and data centre consolidation (41 percent) were expected to be the top drivers of data centre capacity growth in the next 12 months. The next tier of drivers included business growth (39 percent), business continuity (34 percent) and storage growth (32 percent).
To meet the expected increase in data centre capacity, 60 percent of the respondents said that they were planning some form of expansion - such as outsourcing (40 percent) and colocation or other data centre leasing (31 percent) - within the next four years. Around half of the respondents also said that their data centre budgets will grow between five to 10 percent in the next 12 months. An additional 11 percent of the respondents were planning to increase their investment in data centre facilities by more than 10 percent in the same period too.
Risk profile of a location (78 percent) as well as resiliency level and availability of the facility (77 percent) were found to be the key factors in determining data centre facility investments in the Asia Pacific region. Three quarters of the respondent also claimed that a data centre's network connectivity options and carrier availability and density were vital in their decision making too.
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