Singapore data centres have sustainability in their sights


13 October 2014
Data centre trends in Singapore

Data centres in Singapore are keeping close tabs on energy efficiency and are looking to invest in becoming greener and more sustainable.

According to the Data Centre Asia Pacific Census 2014 by DatacenterDynamics Intelligence (DCDi), the proportion of Singapore respondents who cited sustainability as a key investment driver jumped from 22 per cent in 2013/2014 to 46 per cent in 2014/2015.

The study also found that Singapore data centre staff are more concerned about key data centre parameters around sustainability, cost and efficiency than the global average. Energy costs are a major concern, with 86 per cent of data centres here being monitored continuously on their energy consumption compared with the global average of 68 per cent, and 76 per cent being monitored on energy efficiency, compared with the global average of 46 per cent).  About 57 per cent were also monitored continuously for server utilisation, which is another measure of efficiency, against a global figure of 45 per cent. 

Data centres here are also reining in the increase in power requirements. The growth slowed to 1.15 million kW in the 2014-2015 period against 1.1 million kW in 2013-2014, and 930,000 kW in 2012-2013. According to DCDi, this is a testament to more power-efficient servers being installed in Singapore data centres today.

Better use of space will be another important investment driver for Singapore data centres in 2014/2015. It was cited by 44 per cent of respondents in the current census, compared with 24 per cent a year ago.

According to the DCDi study, total data centre space will grow 2.74 per cent to 740,000 sq m between 2014 and 2015, down from a 6.57 per cent increase between 2013 and 2014.

Despite this, there will be 10 per cent more racks in 2015, compared with an 8.11 per cent increase in racks from 2013 to 2014, suggesting that data centres are becoming more densely packed.

“The game is changing from asset growth to adding value and the deployment of new technologies and architectures gives Singapore operators a chance to stay ahead,” said Dedric Lam, chief executive officer, Asia Pacific, DatacenterDynamics. “This is a market where data centres account for 1 per cent of the total land area and 7 per cent of electricity consumption.  It needs to make every square metre and kW count.”