News

front of building

Sydney's data and technology infrastructure has received a major boost, announced as the site of Digital Realty's fifth Australian data centre. The opening of Digital Erskine Park II helps cement Australia's status as a fast-growing tech and innovation hub. The country is responsible for 4% of the world's global data centre market. What's more, an EY report found Australia had the world's fifth-highest rate of fintech adoption. Drivers for the...

Read More
calendar

The world rotates at just over 1,600km/h, similar to how fast the data centre world moves. Nevertheless, it wouldn't be (nearly) the end of the year without some new year predictions. Take an APAC-tinted view of how 2019 will look: Data centre predictions Australia: the international hub to watch First, the obvious prediction: Singapore will continue as the region’s top choice for data centres. This is a given, due...

Read More
crops in a greenhouse

A Californian startup has launched an autonomous robotic farm aiming to solve some of agriculture’s biggest challenges. Iron Ox plans to harness AI, robotics and hydroponics and fix the industry’s labour shortages, minimise food waste and deliver unprecedented yields. Crops are held in an 8,000 sq ft (743 sq m) warehouse, maximising natural light. The hydroponics increase efficiency by using less water while being sterile. However, until...

Read More
robotic hand

A pioneer of user-friendly, intelligent robots has announced it's shutting down. Rethink Robotics produced collaborative industrial robots, over a 10-year period during which they managed to raise $150 million from investors. However, sales had been falling short of the company’s goals, resulting in the US-based company closing its doors. “I am most proud that we changed industrial robots forever, bringing them out of the cage and making them...

Read More

Facebook has announced Singapore as the destination for its new data centre. The internet giant is investing S$1.4 billion in a region showing some of the fastest audience growth (13.4% – almost double worldwide gains). The statement of intent follows a similar move by Google who last month outlined plans to build their third Singapore-based data centre. Why Singapore leads the way Earlier this year Singapore was placed top...

Read More
motherboard

Traditional data centres weren’t built for the growth in cloud, demand for interconnectivity, or the proliferation of new technologies. These innovations are why data centre infrastructure is evolving – and why data centre security must also evolve. Changing nature of security threats All over the world, cyber security attacks are increasing in volume, variety and velocity. Cisco’s 2017 Annual Cyber Security Report found ransomware is growing at a...

Read More
person typing on laptop

Asia Pacific is one of the regions that may have the most to gain from advances in Insurtech. That’s the view of a new report from Willis Towers Watson which is making waves within the industry. The global risk advisors’ latest Asia Insurance Market report highlights the accelerating take-up for advanced analytics in the Asian insurance and reinsurance market. This growth is found to be disrupting and rebalancing...

Read More
chrome buildings

China’s recent launch of a three-year AI roadmap has kickstarted a swathe of AI activity in Asia-Pacific. AI interest and adoption rates are rising across the region, as companies move to harness cognitive intelligence and related technologies. IDC found software and services technology were underpinning a growth in spending to $5 billion (CAGR increase of 69.8% over 2016–2021). Financial services and banking is one of the industries...

Read More
phone opened showing battery

Asia Pacific is leading the way when it comes to 5G networks. That’s according to The Mobile Economy: Asia Pacific 2018, which finds the region will invest over $200 billion and have 60% of the world’s 5G coverage by 2025. “The push for faster internet speeds through 5G will come from governments and industry regulators that realise its potential contribution toward a country’s economic growth and...

Read More
lights coming from warehouse

APAC is where some of the world’s strongest AI spending growth will be found, at 72.9% CAGR through 2018. There are many drivers for this, including growing demand for greater business insights, improving productivity, and harnessing the ever-growing data volumes (APAC cloud traffic by 2021 is forecast to be just behind North America). Accelerating the potential are the advances in cloud storage and infrastructure, along with...

Read More