China need to decentralize data centers to accommodate demand outstripping supply

Marbridge Consulting references article on Jan 10, 2011 that China’s data center demand is outstripping supply.

China's Data Center Demand Outstripping Supply

CCTIME, 1/10/11

Last week, standing deputy director Zhou Hongren of the Advisory Committee for State Informatization (ACSI) said that China's data centers were facing a fundamental problem: the speed with which new data centers are being built is being outpaced by growing demand. Furthermore, China's data centers are primarily centralized in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and other regions along the country's east coast, resulting in high power consumption and a heavy concentration of waste heat. Because of this, Zhou said, the migration of data centers northward will be a major trend over time. Zhou added that cloud storage could offer a solution to the issue.

China Unicom has a strategy to create greener data center strategy as data centers move away from the current data center hubs.

Tong Xiaoyu, deputy director of the China Unicom (NYSE: CHU; 0762.HK; 600050.SH) Research Institute, said that owing to energy-saving and cost considerations, Unicom will establish data center industry bases in the energy resource-rich provinces in central and western China.

Keywords: Zhou Hongren, cloud computing, Tong Xiaoyu, China Unicom Research Institute, China Unicom, telecom, Advisory Committee for State Informatization, data center, 0762.HK, 600050.SH, CHU, energy efficiency