APAC Issue 1 2018

APAC / Issue 1 2018 5 NEWS , LayerStack, an Infra- structure-as-a-Ser- vice (IaaS) provider, has announced an expansion in Japan with the launching of its fourth datacenter in Tokyo. The com- pany, which offers multi-region data center selections with pre- mium global network, has invest- ed huge amount of resources in cloud infrastructure and platform for further cloud developments and enhancing customer experi- ence. Its technologies have en- abled great variety of business globally, from start-ups to multina- tional companies. Japan as a critical economic hub in APAC region, plays an impor- tant role to LayerStack strategi- cal expansion with the addition- al cloud capabilities. This new data center is expected to widen the “Cloud Coverage” of Japan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, South Korea, Singapore and the U.S. (West Coast) which ensure users enjoying seamless cloud experiences. This also allows us- ers to split critical workloads and data across preferred regions for achieving higher availability. LayerStack is an IaaS provid- er leveraging on hardware and networks to provide stable and high performance cloud solutions launched by Pacificnet Hosting Limited. The firm offers cloud solution from Hong Kong and Singapore Datacenters to SME, government, agencies, and ma- jor listed companies across Asia Pacific, Europe and the rest of the world. Over recent years LayerStack has been steadily increasing its investment in APAC regions in- cluding Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore to serve its growing base of customers. In the future, LayerStack’s data center footprint will continue to expand around the world. LayerStack Launches the Fourth Datacenter in Japan Development looks set to enhance the APAC cloud coverage and support users throughout the region. The Data Centers in- dustry is more than 20 years old and over the years has become complex to operate. It has become quite challenging for data center operators to run their data center efficiently. The whole Asia Pacific is getting on the band- wagon of getting digitized and lo- cal governments have introduced many initiatives that would accel- erate the digitization in their own country. The numbers of smart- phones are increasing exponen- tially in the region and increasing numbers of people have accessed social media through different channels. The amount of data that is being produced and the amount that will get produced would be massive. The expectations of citizens to- wards government related agen- cies are increasing and public sector agencies need to launch more e-governance initiatives to keep their citizens happy. All these trends would put a lot of pressure on data centers, be it corporate data centers or public sector relat- ed data centers. The pressure on the public sector is more as the IT infrastructure they have right now is outdated as compared to the corporate side. To keep up with the pace, most of the governments in the Asia Pacific are in a race to modernize their IT infrastructure and also improve their efficiency. To achieve better efficiency most of the data centers around globe adopts some kind of standards to achieve better efficiency. Stand- ards are basically set of guidelines that would help in running a prod- uct or service efficiently. There are many standards available in the markets that have been developed by the different international bod- ies. Expensive to adopt, long list of data center standards to choose from, lack of people with standards knowledge and lack of budget are some of the challenges associated with international standards. Lack of funds is the biggest challenge associated with government agen- cies when they are trying to adopt international standards. Fundamentally, the report finds that as it challenging to adopt in- ternational standards, the publish- ing team has developed functional standards for the public sector agencies to adopt in Asia Pacific. These standards have five lev- els of maturity and each agency choose the level of standards they would like to adopt as per their unique requirements. The function- al standard has been divided into five major areas which are energy and power, design and construc- tion, server and storage utilization, location and site and service level agreements. All these main ele- ments have been sub divided into nineteen sub elements with five level of maturity. The functional standards would help public sector data centers to run efficiently. More information on the report can be found HERE.