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Asia-Pacific Data Centre Association launched as a voice for regional operators

Wed 24 Jan 2024

Image of Jeremy Deutsch, Interim Chairperson of Asia-Pacific Data Centre Association

A new collective voice for data centre operators in the Asia-Pacific region has been launched. It will be known as the Asia-Pacific Data Centre Association.

The APDCA is a trade association that aims to represent the interests of data centre industry players, formulate common positions, and advocate for policies that support sustainable industry growth.

Who is Involved in the Asia-Pacific Data Centre Association?

The founding members of APDCA include major global data centre operators such as AirTrunk, Digital Realty, Equinix, Global Switch, NTT Global Data Centers, Princeton Digital Group, ST Telemedia Global Data Centres, and Vantage Data Centers.

These organisations collectively represent 40% of the APAC market, excluding Mainland China.

Jeremy Deutsch, Interim Chairperson of the APDCA, said: “APDCA will represent this essential industry in the region, with a commitment to support the interests of our members, our industry, and the communities we serve.”

The APDCA will collaborate with governments to co-develop policies, enhancing data centre security and sustainability. The Association will also share knowledge to foster resilient economies in Asia-Pacific through modern and diversified data centre facilities and services.

“As economies in the region accelerate demand for digital services through adoption of 5G, generative AI, IoT, and cloud computing, a clear and aligned vision for the role of digital infrastructure and data centres has never been more important,” said added Deutsch.

The APDCA is a sister organisation to the European Data Centre Association, which is involved in the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact, aiming to make Europe climate neutral by 2030.

Lex Coors and Michael Winterson of the European Data Centre Association expressed their support and anticipation for collaboration with APDCA, acknowledging the global nature of data centre challenges and aspirations.

“We have been watching the APDCA development with interest. Though our associations operate in different regulatory and political environments, many of our issues are global in nature,” said Coors and Winterson.

These issues include building the data centre of the future; meeting aspirational sustainability goals; and representing the importance of a robust digital infrastructure program to citizens and governments across the world.

The APDCA’s immediate agenda includes the election of a Chairperson and setting strategic goals by its governing board, comprising representatives from the founding members.

The State of the APAC Data Centre Market

The APAC data centre colocation market, as reported by Synergy Research Group, is expected to reach £15.1 billion ($19.3 billion) in 2023, surpassing North America as the leading region.

It is projected to grow at a 9.9% 5-year CAGR from 2022 to 2028, maintaining its top position globally.

According to Structure Research, the APAC data centre colocation market supported 10,233MW of critical IT capacity in 2023, accounting for about 40% of the global market.

It is projected to grow at a 13.3% 5-year CAGR, reaching 19,069MW by 2028.

This growth, driven by digital service demand acceleration due to 5G, AI, IoT, and cloud computing, highlights the importance of a unified vision for digital infrastructure and data centres.

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