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Asia-Pacific Data Centre Association launches as voice of data centre operators in the region

Asia-Pacific Data Centre Association launches as voice of data centre operators in the region

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The Asia-Pacific Data Centre Association (APDCA) has been launched to represent the collective interests of the data centre industry in APAC. This first-of-its-kind trade association group in APAC aims to identify and formulate common positions between data centre operators, suppliers and stakeholders, empowering the industry to advocate for policies and regulations that support the sustainable growth of the data centre industry.

The founding members of the APDCA represent leading global data centre operators, including AirTrunk, Digital Realty, Equinix, Global Switch, NTT Global Data Centers, Princeton Digital Group, ST Telemedia Global Data Centres and Vantage Data Centers. These companies represent 40% of the APAC market (ex-Mainland China), according to Synergy.

APDCA and its members have stated their commitment to working with governments to co-develop policies that drive the security and resiliency of data centres, minimise environmental impact and deliver positive economic benefits to the local communities in which they operate.

According to Structure Research, the APAC data centre colocation market supported 10,233MW of critical IT capacity in 2023, representing ~40% of the entire global market, and is projected to grow at a 13.3% 5-year CAGR to 19,069MW by 2028 (or the equivalent of ~1,700MW of critical IT capacity added on average per year).

Asia is at the epicentre of this growth and surging demand for managed data services. Data centre investment in a community spurs local public infrastructure upgrades and ‘job gravity’, attracting a skilled ICT workforce.

“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 Jeremy Deutsch, Interim Chairperson of the APDCA.

“APDCA will represent this essential industry in the region, with a commitment to support the interests of our members, our industry and the people, businesses and communities we serve.”

APDCA is a sister organisation to the European Data Centre Association, a key voice in the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact which includes over 100 data centre operators and trade associations committed to leveraging technology and achieving ambitious reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to make Europe climate neutral by 2030.

“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: 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 EUDCA is looking forward to coordinating and working with the APDCA.  We wish you the best of success,” said Lex Coors, Chair, and Michael Winterson, Managing Director of the European Data Centre Association.

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