By THE NATION
The objective of this event is to promote technology ecosystem collaboration among Asean members with four major mutual interests: Cross-Border Activities, Cross-Ecosystem, Cross-Platform, and Cross-Media.
It aims to highlight Thailand as an emerging key market playing an important role in driving economic growth, and as an ideal digital hub in Asean. With its 17 sponsors and supportive strategic partners in Thailand and Asean, WMedia will gather key players and providers in the industries to share their insights on cloud, data centre, cybersecurity, and technology trends in the digital era, towards developing a solid foundation in infrastructure, technology and workforce in line with the digital economy.
Vincent Liew, Founder and Director of WMedia, shared his vision for the technology demand in the future, saying: “Infrastructure investments by data centre operators, OTT providers, cloud service providers, gaming, banking and finance and government sectors, for example, are being driven by ever-increasing demand for low latency connectivity, storage capacity and computing power via mission critical cloud-based applications”.
According to a study by Frost & Sullivan, global traffic between data centres will grow by 28 per cent annually between 2018 and 2021, a higher growth rate than the traffic between data centres and users, which is projected at 24 per cent. This trend has been driven by CDNs and the need to disseminate large volumes of static content closer to the users, such as images and video. The Asean data centre market is set to grow at a CAGR of 16.1 per cent over the next five years.
Emerging markets, such as Indonesia and Thailand, are expected to be key growth engines in Asean.
This resonates with Thailand's push for Industry 4.0 across multiple industries including manufacturing, logistics, tourism and others. The route to digital transformation by corporations in Thailand aims to cope with changing customer behaviour and intense competition from global players. To support digitisation, corporations will need to focus on building a strong and agile IT infrastructure, leading to the need for cutting edge strategy and technologies in cloud, data centres, and connectivity.
“WMedia is a global marketing agency that specialises in the cloud and data centre industry. Its flagship series of Cloud & Datacenter Conventions (CDC) span across Asean and South Korea, and have witnessed strong growth in key markets including Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam. The success of WMedia lies with its strong connections and understanding of the industry, which enable it to build market confidence of global business and infrastructure leaders in where CDCs are located ,” Liew said.
Speaking on behalf of OPEN-TEC (Tech Knowledge Sharing Platform), TCCtech Corporate Communications Director Waleeporn Sayasit said: “OPEN-TEC is honored to be part of THCDC 2019, which will provide valuable knowledge to Thailand, and to welcome the regional networking community's cooperation in strengthening the business and technology workforce in Thailand. Nowadays, all countries seek partnerships to collaborate and co-create projects in order to amplify the positive effects on industries and finally contributing to a sustainable society. I believe that this convention of international knowledge sharing and learning is one of the most important tools in developing a well-rounded and sustainable business environment in our region.”
Thailand Cloud & Datacentre Convention (THCDC) will be the first global vendor-neutral convention for the cloud and data centre professionals and businesses in Thailand. 700 professionals, business leaders and investors, with more than 30 per cent flying in from the region, will attend the event. THCDC will serve as a catalyst to increase trade through highlighting the opportunities in Thailand, and through the building of an ecosystem by gathering key stakeholders, including corporate and government representatives, leading telcos, cloud and data centre providers, and trade associations.
THCDC will also delve into the recent Cybersecurity Act, which is the latest in a wave of new laws in Asean that assert government control over the internet. Similar laws have been enacted in Indonesia and Vietnam which have contributed to a significant rise in local cloud and data center adoptions by both international and local corporations.