Intelligent technologies showcased at ABB’s Data Center Forum in Singapore

2017-07-12 - Experts discuss trends, technologies and the future of the mission-critical industry
ABB hosted a one-day forum on data center technologies featuring leading experts from the industry and showcasing a range of its innovations and offerings for the data center and cloud community in Singapore. Themed ‘Intelligent data needs intelligent power’, the key focus was on digital technologies and smarter infrastructure for the industrial data center. Many of these build on ABB Ability™, that brings together all of ABB’s digital products and services, each built from a unique combination of sector knowledge, technology leadership and digital expertise, to create real business value for customers.

Held on 11 July 2017, the event brought together more than 400 business, technical and technology experts from the industry and provided a platform to discuss solutions for today’s mission critical infrastructure and explore technologies for the next generation data center.

The future data center will have an intelligent grid connection, be able to rapidly provision critical infrastructure capacity, and will comprise components and systems with integrated communications, sensing and intelligence. All of this will transform how operators run the facility, manage service operations and business risk. A panel discussion on what the digitalization age means for this industry delved deeper into equipping data centers with technologies that will prepare them for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Panelists featured top industry minds from Uptime Institute, A*STAR, Nanyang Technological University, DODID and ABB. Yet another interesting session highlighted challenges and resource competencies of data centers where the audience heard from experts at SingTel, CBRE and Talent Matrix along with ABB’s global head of technology for data centers, Dave Sterlace.

"Everyone is depending more and more on data, computing power and connectivity. We all rely on a data center somewhere and it needs to run efficiently. At ABB, we can help you meet the data demands of today and tomorrow. We believe our industrial heritage, broad choice of electrification & automation solutions and our commitment to sustainability will help you grow your business,” said Dave Sterlace in his keynote speech.

Attendees experienced firsthand some of ABB’s technologies from grid to socket that address data center customer demands across the entire value chain. At its digital solutions showcase, ABB exhibited products, systems and solutions from power delivery and distribution to automated monitoring and control and services to maximize productivity and efficiency of data centers.

Data and digitalization are at the heart of Singapore’s future economy and will revolutionize existing industries such as finance, advanced manufacturing and healthcare. Computing, connectivity, the cloud and analytics will unlock new forms of value, and data centers will be critical powerhouses behind this shift.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees.