Singapore – On 16 August 2013, Alfa Tech’s Managing Director, Zach Wilson presented a talk at the American Chamber of Commerce on “Trends driving the future of Data Centres in Singapore” to an audience of over 20 professionals from diverse industries.
Wilson stressed that the business world continues to grapple with ever growing demands for reliable and more powerful computing resources. In the last 20 years, data centres have gone from niche installations to a quasi-commoditized utility in which demand has continually surpassed supply.
In the face of this insatiable appetite, the data centre industry must respond and evolve to growing concerns over resource constraints, security concerns and competition. Despite the high tech nature of a data centre and the unfathomable work it performs, human error remains the number one reason for failures.
Wilson added that there are some exciting new technologies in the industry that are being developed. He elaborated on two of them, namely the Open Bath Immersion Cooling being developed jointly by 3M and Alfa Tech, which reduces energy usage by cooling servers via direct immersion into a non-conductive liquid, as well as FieldView Solutions which is an extremely detailed monitoring and management system.
The talk ended with a lively question and answer session in which participants questioned the feasibility of OBI, the probability of success for Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore’s 13 Hectare Data Centre Park, and other technologies that are being developed to reduce energy consumption.
The participants had the opportunity to learn about the developments in the data centre industry and network with other participants.