The demand for Asia data center is growing. According to the Data Age 2025 white paper by IDC, the collective sum of the world’s data will grow from 33 zettabytes in 2018 to a 175ZB by 2025, for a compounded annual growth rate of 61 percent. China and Asia Pacific regions are the fastest growing Datasphere regions. U.S. internet giants such as Google and Facebook are launching their own data centers in Asia Pacific to cater to the increasing needs in that region. Both Hong Kong and Singapore are important financial hubs in Asia. When it comes to choosing data center location in Asia, many businesses are torn between Hong Kong and Singapore. In this article, we will compare these two locations and help you choose the one that fits your business.
Both Hong Kong and Singapore share many characteristics in common with first-world, developed countries. They have a high per-capita income. Their economies are dominated by the services sector. They are both well-known of their free economy. In fact, Hong Kong is ranked as the world’s freest economy in 2019 index of economic freedom. Singapore is ranked as the second.
Hong Kong’s proximity to China and its traditional role as a gateway to the Mainland give it a tremendous advantage. Mainland China is one of the fastest-growing market in the world. However, it is difficult to establish online presence in Mainland China. Webmasters have to apply ICP license in order to keep their website online. The Chinese governmental institutes will also check hosted websites on server every few periods.
In contrast, Hong Kong has open economy, free flow of capital and information. It also has low latency connectivity to Mainland China and 11 in-service submarine cable systems connecting all over the world. With Beijing’s “one belt, one road” initiative, Hong Kong is not only viewed as a gateway to China, but also markets along the ancient Silk Road now. Therefore, Hong Kong data center is ideal for companies targeting customers in China, Eastern Asia and countries that are participating in the “one belt, one road” plan.
As at January 2019, Hong Kong has 11 in-service submarine cable systems, namely:
- Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1)
- Asia-America Gateway Cable System (AAG)
- Asia Pacific Cable Network 2 (APCN-2)
- Asia Pacific Gateway (APG)
- Asia Submarine-Cable Express (ASE)
- EAC – C2C
- FLAG Europe Asia (FEA)
- FLAG North Asia Loop (FNAL) / REACH North Asia Loop (RNAL)
- South-East Asia Japan Cable System (SJC)
- TGN-Intra Asia Cable System (TGN-IA)
Several other systems such as Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN), Hong Kong – America(HKA), Hong Kong – Guam (HKG), Southeast Asia–Japan 2 (SJC2) are being planned.
Singapore is a gateway to Southeast Asia. It has 23 in-service submarine cable systems as at January 2019, making it one of the most connected countries with high bandwidth capability today. If you mainly serve customers in southern Asia, Singapore data center is a good choice.
The submarine cable systems connected to Singapore include:
- South Asia Express (SAEx2)
- Indonesia Global Gateway (IGG) System
- Australia-Singapore Cable (ASC)
- Asia Pacific Gateway (APG)
- Moratelindo International Cable System-1 (MIC-1)
- Thailand-Indonesia-Singapore (TIS)
- i2i Cable Network (i2icn)
- Tata TGN-Tata Indicom
- Asia-America Gateway (AAG) Cable System
- Tata TGN-Intra Asia (TGN-IA)
- Southeast Asia Japan Cable (SJC)
- Jakarta-Bangka-Bintan-Batam-Singapore (B3JS)
- Batam Singapore Cable System (BSCS)
- Matrix Cable System
- Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE)/Cahaya Malaysia
Several other systems such as Singapore-Myanmar (SIGMAR), INDIGO-West, Bay to Bay Express (BtoBE) Cable System and Southeast Asia-Japan Cable 2 (SJC2) are being planned.
For detailed map of submarine cable, please refer to https://www.submarinecablemap.com
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