Data_Center_4The data centre market in Asia Pacific is expected to be $32 billion by 2022 – and Hong Kong is paying attention.  The local government is looking to beef up its regional data centre hub given the city’s proximity to mainland China and access to multi-national companies.

You may be surprised to learn “IT modernisation” makes me excited.  But it’s really about what the term stands for: economic growth, entrepreneurial opportunity and frugal innovation.

CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope gives you three ways modernizing the data centre could impact growth.

What comes to mind when you think of data centre modernisation?  I’m always challenging my peers to reimagine the possibilities.  Here are three ways modernizing the data centre could impact growth:  

  • Drive economic growth: Modernizing IT could boost a company’s revenue by up to 14 percent while cutting costs by more than 13 percent, according to a report by Avanade which polled 800 IT professionals.  Chinese players Tencent and Alibaba see this opportunity and are expanding their Hong Kong data centre footprint while Microsoft has a sizeable local deployment with NTT.
  • Ignite entrepreneurial opportunities: More than $5 billion went to financial technology funding in Asia last year, and the majority went to China, according to the South China Morning Post.  This industry is spurring regional development of cloud computing as companies can quickly add capacity while eliminating lost opportunities due to resource constraints.   
  • Frugal innovation: The challenge for Hong Kong is to evolve from one of the world’s foremost financial hubs to an innovative powerhouse.  It’s no surprise there’s a scarcity of land and existing data centre infrastructure needs a major upgrade.  Given the increased need for extra capacity, data centre managers must quickly move from 10Gb/s and 40Gb/s to 100Gb/s, 400Gb/s and beyond. 

CommScope recently hosted a forum with customers and partners on how we’re bridging the gap for data centre capacity between today and the future. Check out the video here.

About the Author

Xavier Lau

Xavier Lau is the Director, Enterprise Sales, Northeast Asia at CommScope. He is responsible for sales strategy in Northeast Asia including South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.

Xavier has over 18 years of experience in the Telecommunication and data center industry. Prior to CommScope, he was with TE Connectivity since 2000. He started with AMP NETCONNECT sales responsibilities in Hong Kong and Macau before he took on the global accounts responsibilities for Asia Pacific.

In 2011, he relocated to Singapore to build and lead a new team to grow the integrated AMP NETCONNECT and ADC/Krone brand through channel management and project account engagements in Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Pakistan. In 2015, after CommScope’s acquisition of TE Connectivity’s Telecom, Enterprise and Wireless Businesses, he returned to Hong Kong to take on the leadership role to manage casino projects in Macau in addition to his Hong Kong and Taiwan sales responsibilities.

He holds a Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Management from the University of Hong Kong and earned his MBA from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

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