Data centre operators and owners in Singapore and the Asia Pacific are highly optimistic about the future of edge computing, a new survey released by Vertiv has revealed. In Data Centre 2025: Closer to the Edge, a global, industry-wide survey conducted by Vertiv, 57% of respondents from Singapore expect IT resource utilisation at the edge to reach at least 60% by 2025.
This reflects a global sentiment on the increasing prevalence of edge computing in the data centre landscape, which is fueled by more process-intensive applications such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, internet of things and 5G technology. Globally, 55% of respondents expect IT resource utilisation rates to grow at the edge by 2025.
“Five years ago, when Vertiv first conducted this survey, the idea of edge computing was quite new. Back then, many organisations expected to allocate their resources towards the cloud and/or hybrid architectures,” said Hitesh Prajapati, country manager for Vertiv in Singapore.
“Today, edge computing is clearly regarded as one of the key drivers for digital transformation and important opportunity space. We are seeing many data centre operators and enterprises in Asia, including Singapore, being extremely positive about investing in and growing edge sites to support the fast proliferating applications at the edge.”
The migration to the edge is changing the way today’s industry leaders think about the data centre. Amongst the participants who have edge sites today or expect to have edge sites in 2025, more than half (53%) expect the number of edge sites they support to grow by at least 100% with 20% expecting a 400% or more increase. Collectively, survey participants expect their total number of edge computing sites will grow 226% globally between now and 2025.
“The edge requires a different approach to critical infrastructure solutions. Microdata centres, which are rapidly deployable, flexible and compact are fast becoming the preferred approach to enabling many of today’s high data bandwidth deployments,” adds Prajapati.
More than 800 data centre professionals participated in Vertiv’s survey. Among the other notable results:
- Participants aren’t as bullish on the prospects for solar and wind power in the data centre as they were in 2014. Then, they projected about 34% of data centre power would come from those sources by 2025. Now, the expectation is 21% – still optimistic, but mindful of the ambitious timeline.
- Globally, 16% of participants expect to be retired by 2025, exacerbating an already problematic talent shortage. In the U.S., that number is an alarming 33%.