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Data centre demand set to boost UPS in Asia

Thu, 11/15/2012 - 17:10 -- Ruth Williams

Asian data centre projects deferred in the wake of the global economic downturn are now getting off the ground, generating demand for UPS systems, according to a report by Frost & Sullivan. 

The report, entitled Asia-Pacific Uninterruptible Power Supplies Market, states the market will recover fully by 2015, mainly due to governments’ emphasis on cloud computing, green technology and smart grids. Frost & Sullivan also states that the Asian market generated revenues of US$1.46 billion in 2011, expected to reach US$2.03 billion in 2017.

Data centres’ popularity has raised the profile of cloud computing in Southeast Asia, Australia and Japan. Following this development, governments have been eager to adopt cloud computing to accelerate economic development, which, in turn, has accelerated the uptake of UPS systems.

“Several public and private companies are included in governments’ programmes to convert all government agencies’ computing systems to a public cloud system, creating a cast market for UPS devices,” said Frost & Sullivan analyst Avanthika Satheesh. With the existing power network becoming unreliable and last year’s earthquake and tsunami causing power disruptions in Japan, the sales of single-phase UPS has soared, adds Satheesh. 

The mining, manufacturing and power utility industries will be the biggest contributors to market revenues. The introduction of smart grids all over the region is also creating considerable opportunities for the UPS market, as these grids require constant monitoring, intelligent control and communication.