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Data center sector to post strong growth in 2013 (update)

Data center sector to post strong growth in 2013 (update)

Taipei, May 22 (CNA) French engineering company Schneider Electronic SA expressed optimism Wednesday about the outlook for Taiwan's data center sector thanks to rising demand for cloud computing-based applications. Yicai Qiao, country president of Schneider Electronic Taiwan Co., forecast that the output of local data centers will grow 7 percent in 2013 from a year earlier, despite a weak macro-economy. That compares with an estimated 5 percent growth for Taiwan's building sector and flat growth for the industrial manufacturing sector, Qiao said. "The worldwide cloud computing technologies are developing rapidly," he told a news briefing to mark the launch of the company's new uninterruptible power supply products in Taiwan. "Almost everyone can now enjoy the fruits of information technology through computers, smartphones and tablets," Qiao said. As a result, demand for data centers is experiencing "explosive growth" as more companies and consumers are storing their data on cloud servers, Qiao said. He predicted that the data center sector will move toward an "M-shaped" market in which users will favor either large data centers for huge data traffic such as email systems, or simple solutions to secure core data for small and medium-sized enterprises. According to data from research firm Gartner Inc., the global public cloud services market is forecast to grow to US$131 billion this year, up 18.5 percent from US$111 billion in 2012. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), including cloud computing, storage and print services, continued to be the fastest-growing segment of the market in 2012 to total US$6.1 billion, a figure that is expected to grow 47.3 percent in 2013 to US$9 billion, Gartner said. "The continued growth of the cloud services market will result from the adoption of cloud services for production systems and workloads, in addition to the development and testing scenarios that have led as the most prominent use case for public cloud services to date," said Ed Anderson, research director at Gartner. "Evidence of this growth is found in the increasing demand for cloud services from end-user organizations, met by an increased supply of cloud services from suppliers," Anderson said. (By Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-05-10 11:16 GMT+08:00