More than three quarters of Asia Pacific government CIOs and IT managers have realised the need for a dedicated office to plan and execute an overall ICT sustainability strategy, according to a new poll released by APC by Schneider Electric conducted at a FutureGov event. Interestingly for ICT vendors, 72% of the participants indicated that they include sustainability criteria in the evaluation and selection of ICT purchases. As an effort to explore Asia Pacific’s attitudes towards energy efficiency, the poll results underscore the importance of spreading awareness of energy management amid the high environmental and financial cost of energy throughout this region.
Remarkably, of the 32% of respondents who said that cost and/or availability of electricity will have a significant impact on their data centre’s ability to support operations over the next 3 years, more than 70 percent were from developing countries – India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia. Representatives from the more developed Asia Pacific countries polled – China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore – were less concerned with the supply of energy, noting that it may only affect a limited number of departments or have a minimal impact.
In the Philippines, the government is taking action to augment the increasing power crisis that may affect the operational efficiency of the data center sector. These facilities, which are operated by multinational and local companies for in-house and outsourcing purposes, are critical in maintaining the country’s economic stability and capability to compete in the global market. Efforts are also being initiated even by private organizations that aim to promote energy efficiency among the various industries in the private sector.
“It’s important that government decisions makers understand that the cost of not solving this problem is significantly higher than the solution,” added Philippe Reveilhac, President, Schneider Electric Philippines. “All government CIOs and ICT managers now realize that this cost burden is unsustainable for their country – it diminishes the funds available for investment in productivity, expansion of output, and ultimately affects their overall global competitively.”
A majority of governments recognize that the data centre is a key focus area for reducing energy consumption, with only 20% of respondents not focused in this area. For building a new data center or expanding existing operations, energy efficiency was considered a high priority by 72% of respondents. The top initiatives included server virtualization and consolidation, policy implementation and cooling system re-design.
“With the global rise of energy prices and the looming threat of an energy crisis, energy is becoming more than just expensive – it’s a liability,” added Reveilhac. “It’s important for all Asia Pacific government agencies to recognise the urgency of implementing energy efficient technology, and an intelligent energy management data centre solution is one of the first steps to reducing risk and controlling costs.”
APC by Schneider Electric offers comprehensive energy management solutions in data centres that can cut energy use by up to 30 percent. APC by Schneider Electric’s solutions help businesses and government organisations alike get more from their energy, be more productive and make their operations more sustainable.
Organizations struggling with the complexities of availability, server consolidation, virtualization and energy management are increasingly looking for more intelligent physical infrastructure management systems. APC by Schneider Electric brings customers proactive data centre management through integrated software applications sharing a centralized database, enabling design, real-time monitoring, inventory management and planning through predictive simulation. InfraStruxure Management Software’s end-to-end management approach allows data centres to run more smoothly on a daily basis, and its built-in business tools for short- and long-term planning and budgeting help keep capital and operational costs and energy use inline.
The independent survey of 118 government CIOs and IT managers was conducted by APC by Schneider Electric at a FutureGov event in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, and sought to benchmark regional efforts around energy efficient ICT that has been implemented in government agencies and plans for the future.