As our Macbooks are getting thinner, Data Centers– the giant, whirring, power-guzzling behemoths of data storage–are getting even more monumental. In today’s era of cloud computing, since data centers form the core of delivering applications and services, network closets and micro data centers are growing in number and importance to tackle the proliferation of internet-connected sensors and users’ demand for faster access to information. With this explosive growth in business-critical data, enterprises continue to see the data centers as an essential key to their digital transformations.
Although implementing digital transformation has always been an arduous task for IT decision-makers, the momentum of technology advancements such as the IoT, AR, and VR is putting strains on data centers’ capabilities. With growing demands, driven by wearable technologies and big data, a shift can be witnessed in how organizations are viewing, building, and planning their data centers. Consumers now expect on-demand access to data from the cloud with the same user experience that they get while accessing data residing on their devices. Organizations are also opting for third party data center solution providers who are leveraging renewable sources of energy to offer state-of-the-art facilities, at the cost of near-zero carbon emission.
To aid CIOs leverage most of their data center investments, our panel of editors have thoroughly examined multiple vendors and solution providers to funnel down the ones who are at the forefront of the industry in terms of innovation and experience. Hereby in this issue of APAC CIO Outlook, we present to you this year’s "Top 25 Data Center Solution Providers - 2017".