Growing Your Business in Asia: 5 Key Factors to Consider When Choosing a Data Center in the Booming Region
There are more than 500 data centers located in the Asia-Pacific region — and that number continues to grow at a rapid clip. In fact, APAC is one of the fastest-growing data center markets across the globe, expected to reach US$53.58 billion by 2028, according to Research and Markets. Several factors are contributing to this boom, including an increased focus on digital transformation, skyrocketing cloud adoption and record numbers of Internet users across both large and small Asia-Pacific markets
With so many data centers popping up across APAC, choosing a site and location can be daunting. But one thing is certain — proper data management, storage and security are crucial — and finding the best data center to suit your needs will be key to the success of your business.
To start off on the right track, here are five key factors to consider when selecting the best data center for your organization.
The physical location of your data center may not seem like a huge deal, but it can have a major impact on connectivity. Choosing a data center that is on a separate power grid from your other offices or facilities in a similar location can be essential – especially if you are located in areas that are less developed or prone to natural disasters.
You’ll also want to evaluate how easily accessible the data center is. Is it in a remote location? Is it in an established or underdeveloped area? Proximity is key, and the closer your facility is to your users, the less likely you will be up at night worrying about latency issues.
Keep in mind, emerging APAC markets, such as India, Indonesia,Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines and Vietnam, may have lower infrastructure costs, not to mention more real estate options and availability, which can be appealing perks if the location makes sense for your organization.
Reliability is one of the most important factors to consider when selecting a data center. When dealing with data and connectivity, the last thing you want is an outage, which can be detrimental to your business’s productivity, profitability and customer satisfaction.
Make sure the data center you choose has back-up sources of power in case of an emergency or weather-related event. Most data centers should have a centralized uninterruptible power system (UPS) that automatically turns on when the main power source goes out. And even in areas that appear to maintain a steady source of power, it is critical that your data center is prepared with back-up generators at the ready — just in case.
Many experts estimate the average cost of a data breach could reach US$5 million in 2023. That’s why keeping your business data and mission-critical applications protected is an absolute must. Security needs to be your data center’s top priority.
Not only does your data center need to use technology to protect your assets against cyber attacks, including DDoS, it also needs to be physically secure. Make sure the provider you use is equipped with locks, camera surveillance and alarm systems, fire protection and security personnel. In addition, confirm there is an established mitigation and communication process in place in the event there is a breach.
- Flexibility and Scalability
One of the major benefits of employing a data center colocation provider versus building your own facility is having the ability to “pay as you grow” thanks to economies of scale. When evaluating data center providers, make sure you take a look at the flexibility and scalability options they offer to ensure your needs can be met as your business evolves and the number of users you support grows.
- Sustainability Focus and Energy Efficiency
Data centers are estimated to be responsible for up to 3% of global electricity consumption today and are projected to reach 4% by 2030. Just like many regions across the globe, Asia-Pacific organizations and governments are working to improve energy efficiency in both developed and emerging markets. Make sure the data center you choose is on board with implementing environmentally responsible practices, such as employing technologies to improve energy efficiencies and turning to green energy solutions, such as wind, solar and green hydrogen where available.
Before You Decide, Consult with Current Data Center Clients
APAC data centers are abundant, so it is important to take your time to evaluate the ones that make the most sense for your business. Beyond these five factors, a data center’s reputation can carry a lot of weight in the decision you make. Gathering feedback from current clients can give you first-hand insight into what it’s really like to work with a provider, especially when it comes to day-to-day operations and the level of customer service provided when issues arise.
BDx Data Centers operates multiple best-in-class data center locations across APAC, including China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore. Our highly energy-efficient facilities offer security, reliability and flexibility with on-site 24/7 operations.
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