In a mere span of a few months, the COVID-19 crisis has seen a quantum leap in digitization across organizations and industries of all levels as customers, supply chains, and internal interactions make a dramatic move online. While the digital mandate is not new, the pandemic has brought it into sharp focus.
Regardless of which digital transformation stage organizations are at, they all have the need for more data, connectivity, and bandwidth as they seek to accelerate their business transformation in light of this ‘new normal’. Be it to survive or thrive, organizations can no longer ignore what business and technology experts have been emphasizing: cloud and mobile apps are drivers and data is the fuel in the new economy. There are more information, interactions, and transactions on mobile devices over the internet today than physical or face-to-face ones.
In fact, the cloud is the foundation of most digital transformation strategies in organizations across the region. Two out of five priorities in ASEAN’s most recent digital integration framework are closely related to harnessing the power of the cloud to coordinate and facilitate business interactions across Southeast Asia.
“Be it to survive or thrive, organizations can no longer ignore what business and technology experts have been emphasizing: cloud and mobile apps are drivers and data is the fuel in the new economy.”
Other key technologies being leveraged in digital transformation include AI, analytics, robotic process automation, IoT, mobile collaboration, digital twins, augmented reality and 3D printing.
Even without taking a deeper look into each of these technologies, it is quickly discernible that deploying and maintaining cloud infrastructure, ensuring connectivity and bandwidth availability, and managing the huge amount of data produced can be overwhelming but necessary.
Hence, data availability and access – and the digital technologies that create, store, manage, secure and analyze the data – have become business critical for most organizations today and into the foreseeable future as we continue on our never-ending digital transformation journey. These transformational technologies require huge provisions for data management, application uptime and real-time connectivity.
The importance of tomorrow’s data center
While some experts liken data to fuel, others use the analogy of currency. If data is the currency of the digital economy, then data centers are its banks. Just as governments, businesses and consumers need reliable banks for efficient and secure transactions and services for a healthy economy, they similarly require reliable centers for efficient and secure data access and management for the digital economy.
Additionally, as the business develops and matures, managing the exponentially growing data is also a challenge and may not be feasible to do in-house due to the infrastructure and backend support needed. At such, finding the right data center partner is key.
To find out more about the considerations when planning for your business’ future data center needs, download SpaceDC’s white paper. You can also contact us if you would like to find out how SpaceDC can help your organization manage data.