This week, Singapore played host to one of the most significant gatherings in the digital infrastructure industry, the Datacloud APAC conference organized by BroadGroup. With over 270 attendees, including key decision-makers and industry leaders, this event showcased the latest trends, challenges, and innovations shaping the Asia Pacific region’s data centre landscape.

The Asia Pacific region is experiencing exponential growth fueled by the rapid adoption of cloud storage solutions. The influence of innovative cloud technologies is transforming businesses across sectors such as BFSI, healthcare, retail, and government. The combined electricity use by major companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Meta, huge consumers of these services, more than doubled between 2017 and 2021, reaching around 72 TWh.

Mayank Srivastava of BDx Data Centres kicked off the conference highlighting the challenges faced by data centres in the APAC region, notably the struggle to meet escalating demands while ensuring sustainable operations. The rising electricity consumption of data centres, estimated to reach 4% of global consumption by 2030, underscores the urgency for sustainable practices.

Mark Fong, CEO of Empyrion Digital, emphasized the increasing data centre density, particularly driven by AI demand. This necessitates a shift towards Sustainable Cloud Solutions, aligning with global green requirements while ensuring operational clarity and transparency.

Speakers further explored the pivotal role of edge computing in meeting the region’s demand for low-latency processing, crucial for real-time data processing in IoT-driven applications. The APAC region’s large populations and fast-growing tech markets amplify the need for efficient edge computing solutions.

Discussions extended beyond power consumption to address critical issues such as security, regulatory compliance, cost management, and talent acquisition. The war for talent in cloud architectures and security expertise poses a significant hurdle, prompting discussions on cross-training and innovative hiring strategies.

Participants, including industry experts and newcomers like student Samuel Jones, praised the event for its rich insights and networking opportunities. The presence of leading brands such as Equinix, Digital Realty, and Keppel reinforced the event’s significance in driving meaningful conversations and partnerships within the industry.

As the conference concluded, Liss Boot-Handford, Head of Content for Datacloud, highlighted the event’s success in attracting key decision-makers and industry-leading attendees. The agenda’s focus on emerging technologies, sustainability, data sovereignty, and the future of data centres underscores the ongoing dialogue and innovation shaping the industry’s trajectory.

Datacloud APAC 2024 served as a pivotal platform for stakeholders to address pressing challenges, explore emerging trends, and foster collaboration towards a sustainable and innovative future for data centres in the Asia Pacific region.

For more information and insights from Datacloud APAC 2024, visit the event website or contact Windy Oktaviani at PINPOINT PR Pte. Ltd.