To be in the Big Data and data centre business, it is crucial to know your customers’ needs, and to cater your services to meet those needs. You wouldn’t want to be caught short when your clients experience a surge in traffic, or you invest in higher capacity when your clients need higher throughput instead, right?

An annual survey by Digital Realty, conducted by Forrester Consulting, aims to put these concerns to rest. A data centre firm with properties in 33 markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, Digital Realty aims to provide secure, reliable and cost-effective facilities that meet each customer’s unique data centre needs. The survey canvassed data centre decision makers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia to find out what drives their data centre sourcing needs and preferences.

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Here are a few insights from the survey:

Safe locations and resiliency are important factors
Among the most important considerations when choosing new APAC data centre facility investments were the data centre’s location and resiliency. 78 per cent of the respondents ranked the risk profile of the location as “important” or “very important”; the numbers for resiliency/availability of the facility and the level of control over the facility were high as well, at 77 per cent and 75 cent respectively.

Strong expansion plans among firms
Around half of the respondents said that their data centre budgets will grow between 5-10 per cent in the next 12 months, with an additional 11 per cent planning an increase of over 10 per cent in their data centre investments. Nearly 60 per cent of respondents indicated that they are planning some form of expansion within the next four years, with outsourcing, colocation, and data centre leasing being the preferred models to address their expansion plans.

For more information, check out the full infographic below:

Data Centre Drivers in Asia Pacific - Infographic for Digital Realty_