A survey of enterprises conducted by BroadGroup has revealed that the south-east Asia region retains a strong pull for new deployment by enterprise IT, led by Singapore, but a much broader plan exists to roll out infrastructure in most countries.
There are many reasons behind this push, but some of the main driving factors of the deployment of IT infrastructure includes a mix of planning for disaster recovery, cloud services and in some cases completely new estate requirements as enterprises arrive in the region.
There has been interest coming from around the world, including webscales in the US, China and MNCs regionally and internationally including Europe.
Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China all featured as key locations for both present and future growth. Malaysia has the advantage of already having established data center parks in Iskandar in the south of the country, and being just across the straits from Singapore. Data center investment is regarded as an Entry Point Project under the economic transformation programme.
Indonesia's domestic market is attractive to international firms and mobile operators, and with a smaller base of data centers, there is room for additional expansion as new customers emerge.
“The sample survey reflects the scale of infrastructure plans in Asia,” says Philip Low of BroadGroup.
“It is interesting to note that enterprises may be starting to take a more pragmatic approach to China despite the Great Firewall issues. As Asia's largest economy anyone buying or selling services and products needs to be present in the market, and that includes the support of IT estate.