Apr 13, 2021

Tencent Cloud spins up first Indonesian data centre

Data Centres
Cloud
APAC
hyperscale
Harry Menear
2 min
The new data centre in Jakarta is Tencent Cloud’s first data centre in the Indonesian market
The new data centre in Jakarta is Tencent Cloud’s first data centre in the Indonesian market...

Chinese tech giant Tencent - through its cloud computing division, Tencent Cloud - announced this week that it has launched the company’s first data centre in the Indonesian market.

The new internet data centre (IDC) “further emphasises” Tencent Cloud’s commitment to the market, which is one of the fastest-growing in APAC. Indonesia’s public cloud market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 25% to be worth more than $800mn by 2023. Tencent Cloud’s Jakarta IDC will, according to the company, be an instrumental tool in meeting this demand. 

The facility is now operational, and is already home to several key anchor tenants from a variety of industries, including one of Indonesia’s digital challenger banks, Bank Neo Commerce; JOOX, a popular music and entertainment streaming platform; and Aestron, a real time communication as a service platform with more than 400mn users in 150 markets. 

Tencent Cloud executives say that the launch represents an early step in the company’s “aggressive” growth strategy for the Southeast Asian region. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Tencent Cloud International’s senior vice president, Poshu Yeung, said that “This year we are going to be a lot more aggressive building out our [cloud] infrastructure around the world,” adding that, “I’m not going to disclose the exact number and the timeline, but I can highlight that likely it’s going to be another 30% to 50% growth in terms of the number of data centres.”

The launch of the new Jakarta data centre brings Tencent Cloud’s total global footprint to 27 different regions, with 61 discrete availability zones. 

In a later statement to the press, Yeung said that, “With a population of 270 million, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world and the largest economy in Southeast Asia. Given that its population structure is younger, it has a huge internet demographic dividend and its mobile internet market is quickly developing. We are excited to launch our first Tencent Cloud IDC in Indonesia, aiming to help fully reach the peak of the country's promising cloud computing potential. We are also proud of how the new IDC epitomises our commitment to addressing current and future business needs in Indonesia and Asia, while strengthening our global network."

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May 13, 2021

Equinix: Digital leaders expect changes to working patterns

covid-19
DigitalTransformation
DigitalInfrastructure
Interconnection
3 min
A report released by Equinix has revealed that digital leaders expect long-term changes to how and where people will work.

A global report released by Equinix has revealed that digital leaders expect long-term changes to the way people work. 

As part of the report, the data infrastructure company surveyed 2,600 IT decision-makers from several different businesses spanning 26 countries in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions. The study also highlighted the biggest technology trends affecting global businesses and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted digital infrastructure plans. 

Talking about companies’ expansion strategies, Claire Macland, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Equinix, said: “Many companies are now investing more in their digital infrastructure to enable them to embrace a hybrid working model and thrive in the new world of work we all find ourselves in. 

“Despite headwinds in many sectors, many organizations are continuing to expand physically and virtually into new markets and regions around the world”, she said. 

The findings

The report drew the following conclusions: 

 

  • 64% of the 2,600 digital leaders surveyed believed there will be “long-term changes to both how and where people will work in the future.
  • 57% of global companies intend to expand into new regions despite the effects of the pandemic 
  • 51% of businesses worldwide say they have rearchitected their IT infrastructure so that it can meet the demands of remote and hybrid working. Digital transformation has also been accelerated due to an increase in businesses’ technology budgets. 

 

How might digital transformation be affected post-pandemic? 

COVID-19 has demanded that companies make several changes to the way that they operate, including digital transformation. According to the study, 47% of those surveyed reported that they have accelerated their digital transformation plans because of the Coronavirus pandemic. A further 42% of organisations said their budgets have increased to keep up with the growth of digital transformation. 

Another change in adapting to the pandemic was to businesses’ IT strategies with six in 10 companies saying that it has been revised in response to the situation. 58% said they are looking to invest in technology to “improve agility’ post-COVID. 

When asked about their priorities for their digital strategy, 80% of respondents said that digitising their infrastructure was of utmost importance, while 57% viewed interconnection as a ‘key facilitator’ of digital transformation. 

"This increasing focus on digitization and expansion is one of the reasons why Equinix has continued to invest in its own growth. We completed 16 new expansions in 2020—our most active build year ever—and expect to continue to evolve Platform Equinix to support our customers as they continue on their digital transformation journey”, said Claire Macland. 

Potential concerns disperse over expansion plans being halted by COVID-19 

The study has also revealed that organisations’ previous concerns that the pandemic will negatively affect their business expansion plans have been lessened. 

57% of businesses have said that they “still have plans” to expand into new regions and of that percentage, nearly two-thirds (63%) plan to do so virtually instead of investing in physical IT infrastructure. 

The full Equinix report can be found here. 


 

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