by Carolyn Harrington         30 April 2021

Reinventing a national economy with more than 270 million people is a huge challenge. Yet the Making Indonesia 4.0 initiative aims to do just that. The vision? To put Indonesia in the world’s top 10 economies by 2030. There are five priority sectors for this. They are food and beverage, textile and apparel, automotive, chemicals, and electronics. Together, they are the targets for new world-class industry value chains.

The tech that drives the change

Digital transformation is a big part of meeting this goal. Key digital technologies include artificial intelligence (AI) and human-machine interfaces. Others are the Internet of Things (IoT), robotic and sensor technology, and 3D printing. Software apps and data turn this tech into business value. To do so, they need the right compute and storage infrastructure. Colocation and cloud can be fast, cost-effective ways to meet these needs.

Good connections are vital

Robust, high speed digital connectivity is also a must. Indonesian enterprises will need to send data to their AI and analytics apps for business insights. They will rely on good networks. Low latency is mandatory. This allows programs and the data they receive to always be in sync. Capacity must be high. There will be large amounts of data in real time from IoT devices. Making Indonesia 4.0 will also attract organizations from abroad. Good connectivity to and from Indonesia is vital for them and for export.

Plan for now and the future

Connectivity has multiple facets in Indonesia as in other countries. Data centers must ensure that all the parameters are properly addressed. For example, links that are fast but often break down are not good enough. Neither are connections that cannot scale as digital transformation yields more network traffic. Data centers must plan their networks to handle both today’s and tomorrow’s needs.

Where connectivity design starts

What is the starting point for design and operation? It is the current connectivity landscape in Indonesia. Mobile communications have already grown rapidly. Now, there is also a rise in fixed line links. Fiber optic cables are being put in place across the country. Urban development and road construction projects are chances to cost-effectively install higher volumes of fiber. The fiber that is not used immediately (“dark fiber”) can serve for redundant routing. It is also backup for future growth.

Challenges in links uptime

Fiber links already meet many criteria such as speed and capacity. But network resilience is also essential. As cities in Indonesia grow, so too does congestion, both on roads and in cable ducts. Accidental damage to network links from building and road works happens more often. Downtime and costs increase.

Location location location

Smart connectivity planning for a data center must therefore include a location for the best performance and reliability. For this reason, SpaceDC data centers in Jakarta are on the west side of the city, instead of the more congested east side. This innovative decision favors safer, high-speed land links. It offers good dark fiber connectivity. It also means that the SpaceDC data centers are close to strategic subsea cables as well as the international airport.

Network? Have it your way!

Choice for customers is also important. A data center that is not tied to any one network operator (carrier-neutral) can offer customers such choice. This means access to a range of telecoms, cloud service, and internet service providers. Organizations can then define and customize their network solutions. They can balance cost and performance. At the same time, they have the flexibility to adapt to new needs.

Links inside the data center

Inside data centers, connectivity is equally important. This includes links between servers and other IT equipment, and to network service provider access points. Many connections inside data centers may be changed or added daily. Links and power distribution for those links must work and be error-free. This can be handled by expert teams in the data center using management and automation tools.

Building in the network uptime

Resilience of connectivity should also be designed into data centers from the beginning. On its data center campus to the west of Jakarta, SpaceDC has built in better connectivity uptime in several ways. For example, servers can connect to multiple ISPs via separate “Meet Me Rooms”. This avoids single points of failure. There are multiple network entry points to the data centers on the SpaceDC campus for the same reason.

Fast, robust and green

Likewise, diverse underground cable pathways on campus make resilience higher. SpaceDC uses these within and between its data centers. Customers can use the high speed links for mirroring systems and data across the SpaceDC campus. Robust power and backup systems make sure that each data center and its connectivity are always protected. They are also designed to be sustainable. SpaceDC power systems achieve one of the lowest power usage efficiency (PUE) ratings in the industry.

Connect from all over the world

SpaceDC also continues to enhance connectivity for customers in other ways. A recent example is the agreement with Console Connect and its network. This lets users access SpaceDC’s data center facilities in Jakarta from more than 50 countries. The Console Connect network is low-latency and fully redundant. It means end-to-end link quality for users all the way to their SpaceDC hosted systems.

Making Indonesia 4.0 on the way to success

World class data center connectivity lets data flow freely and securely. It helps power the digital technologies at the heart of economic change. With performance, resilience, and flexibility, it brings new capabilities to enterprises. It brings them possibilities they cannot get from their own business location. And it scales to accompany them as they grow into their Making Indonesia 4.0 roles.

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Carolyn Harrington
Chief Operations Officer