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Frost & Sullivan recognises Digital Realty's APAC innovation

04 Nov 2020

Frost & Sullivan has this week recognized innovation and leadership in the data center industry, after naming Digital Realty as the 2020 Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership Award for the Asia Pacific data center industry.

The award is part of Frost & Sullivan’s wider Best Practices Awards, which recognise companies, solutions, and people who excel, innovate, and have a positive impact on the economy.

“We’re honoured to receive this award as a recognition of our commitment to enhancing our customers’ value and digital capabilities with comprehensive data centre solutions,” comments Digital Realty Asia Pacific managing director Mark Smith. 

“We expect the data centre industry to continue growing rapidly due to emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, hybrid IT and 5G networks which require significant data capacity, along with the need for enterprises to address challenges such as data localisation.  We will continue to work closely with our customers to support their growth and help accelerate their digital transformation strategies.” 

According to Digital Realty, the Asia Pacific data center industry is growing rapidly and adopting new technologies such as the internet of things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI). These technologies require large-scale data processing and storage needs - and enterprises still need to maintain security, as well as hyperscale data center support.

“Data centre providers who innovate swiftly and cater to rapidly evolving technology and growing industry demands have a unique opportunity to gain a durable competitive advantage,” the company states.

Digital Realty’s efforts to define and create a repeatable pervasive data center architecture (PDx) was a key highlight in Frost & Sullivan’s assessment of the company.

According to Digital Realty, PDx is the culmination of hundreds of customer deployments and ultimately helps both enterprise and service provider customers to scale their digital businesses, through Digital Realty’s PlatformDIGITAL platform.

Frost & Sullivan ICT practice senior director Nischal Khorana explains, “Digital Realty’s launch of its PlatformDIGITAL global data centre platform highlights the company’s strong understanding of the digital environment and customer needs.”

Khorana adds that the company has created a compelling strategy in the Asia Pacific data center services segment, thanks to its focus on helping enterprises to manage decentralized IT architectures, and to assist digital transformation efforts with scale and speed.

“[Digital Realty’s]  continued investments in building data centers across multiple countries in the region further strengthen its leadership position.”

Digital Realty’s global data center footprint spans more than 284 facilities in 48 metros across 23 countries on six continents.