The rise of data centers in Asia: How much information does a company need?
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The rise of data centers in Asia: How much information does a company need?

San Diego : CA : USA | Feb 27, 2013 at 6:17 PM PST
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In this age where information is freely distributed in the Internet, businesses should use this to their advantage. This is the reason why the idea of building data centers became a very popular and profitable business idea. All important information that a company has is usually placed within several computer so they can use it for competition analysis, business improvements, and for future business expansions. Having your own data center is also a means of securing important business information and keeping it for reference in the future. It's also important to note that even small businesses also recognize the importance of having a company server or data center. While their data centers might not be as impressive as the ones maintained by the high-profile corporations, even a small back room capable of housing two to three computer servers is enough for a start.

In an article from last month, Google have started to inform Asian users of the esteemed search engine site to expect a faster Google after setting up three data centers in Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. While the Hong Kong data center is still under construction, Google have made it clear that there looks to be a "rise of data centers not only in South Asia, but in the rest of the regions as well. With building and construction costs relatively cheaper compared to Europe or in the Americas, a whole bunch of other multi-billion companies are looking to invest with data centers in Asia.

Such is the power of a data center. But an important question remains. Just how much information does a company need? And will the rise of Asian data centers continue for years?

Regarding company information, the response is varied. Some would answer "It depends" while others would say "You'll need a lot of it." While it is unfortunate that some companies employ espionage or "spying" in order to gather information regarding their rivals, this is no longer uncommon. Back in the day, information is placed within huge, steel drawers and cabinet files. Spies from other companies would have to get in as employees in order to get access to such information. Now that computers are at work, most of the information is compiled within the computers. Programs that are being used for processes within the business are also placed in these computers and are being maintained by the company I.T expert.

The costs of building a data center is no longer as expensive in the past. Because of cheaper computer parts and accessories, even the small-time companies can now build their own data server within the office premises. For businesses that operate in branches, a main data center is built where all the information and programs needed for the business is shared through the Internet and networking. Even repairing simple program errors can be done within the main data center. This is how technology has improved the way information is being spread everywhere and how information is also protected with the use of anti-hacking programs. This is one reason why even with the big costs revolving big data centers, most business owners would want to have their very own data servers. Nothing beats hands-on protection, especially if you have a very large and successful business operating daily.

While the future looks bright for the Asian data centers, things might change in the near future. Gene Hayden, VP of Sales for Emerson Network Power in Asia, announced the results of the 9th bi-annual Market Pulse Survey. The survey results suggested that the data center investment cycles are contracting, thus changing what data center professionals would usually do when considering short-and-longer term infrastructure deployments. In short, there will be rapid construction just as the escalation of demand for data centers in Asia would happen. The future does look bright for data center industry.

About the Author:

Jessica Greenberg is an avid blogger from San Diego, California. When she is not busy planning for her travels in Asia, she's busy reliving her travels in Wordbaristas.com, a blog that she keeps with her friends.

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Google vice president Bradley Horowitz, left, smiles with Japanese all-girl pop group AKB48 members Atsuko Maeda, center, and Mariko Shinoda as they announce plans to expand their reach to the greater Asian market via Google+ at the Google Japan headquarters in Tokyo yesterday. Photo: AFP
Jess_Greenberg is based in San Diego, California, United States of America, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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