The Asia Pacific (APAC) region will account for 25 percent of global data centre infrastructure spending by 2016, according to Eaton.

The global technology specialist advises data centre operators and customers in APAC to practise sustainability in a newly published information paper.

Data centres are facing an emerging energy crisis due to several factors such as increasing energy costs and have recently consumed 40 percent of the world's energy.

This represents the increased demand on critical data assets and indicates why efficient and cost-effective power management solution of the sector is set to become the key focus across the world.

Data centres drive economic growth in several industries due to the increased use of smartphones, cloud computing and sophisticated analytics tools.

Power efficiency

Data centre operators do not focus on power efficiency and instead keep servers running indefinitely to provide for sudden peaks in demand.

The need to improve power efficiency is urgent as a fifth of the electricity generated is predicted to be used to create and power ICT equipment and services by 2020.

This challenge can be addressed with the use of virtualisation that enables workloads to be shifted quickly from failing hardware.

The APAC region is growing really fast and its demand for data centre capacity can grow even faster in the coming months.

More mature economies in the region such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Australia already recognise and have begun to use highly advanced data centres with very high power efficiency.

However, the regions with the most potential for growth are still not using these advanced data centres.