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By Robert Linsdell, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, Vertiv
As we continue to move toward the internet of things (IoT), smart cities, and an increasingly connected and digital world, organizations across Asia Pacific are looking at how to leverage technology to grow and remain globally competitive.A recent report from IDC expects IoT spend in Asia Pacific to reach US $398.6 billion by 2023 as the region emerges as the primary driver of technology. The report notes the considerable support and mandates from governments across the region to promote IoT across major industries. A number of countries such as China, South Korea, India, and Singapore have already demonstrated strong leadership and launched a number of important IoT trials to help establish this position. Tomato farms in China are leveraging IoT and 5G to build intelligent glass greenhouses, leading to new varieties of tomatoes being developed. Meanwhile, Singapore’s Science Park is holding a 5G smart estate trial to test, for the first time, intelligent mobility solutions in a commercial space. While these innovative initiatives and substantial investment into IoT should be welcomed, we need to consider the infrastructure our cities and countries need for IoT and other digital evolution to truly succeed. Focusing on the Edge The proliferation of IoT across Asia Pacific means we are creating more and more data than ever before from edge devices. Processing that data doesn’t happen easily or without putting the necessary infrastructure in place to handle it. The edge means access at the point of convenience for the user; in other words, devices connected to the data centre ecosystem, which consume its resources. Traditionally, this has included routers, routing switches, and desktop computers. Now things are more complicated—laptops, smartphones, wearable technology, and plenty more are in the mix and that changes everything. We recently conducted research into what was in store for data centres, the heartbeat of any IoT development, in the run up to 2025.
The proliferation of IoT across Asia Pacific means we are creating more and more data than ever before from edge devices. Processing that data doesn’t happen easily or without putting the necessary infrastructure in place to handle it