Philbert Shih on possibility of Rackspace being taken private

  • August 5, 2016


We asked Structure Research founder and managing director Philbert Shih to provide some insight into why a company that is already public would want to go private.

‘There are obvious financial benefits for management and shareholders given that a buyout typically involves a very healthy premium on the current stock price,’ Shih says. ‘One of the primary benefits of going private is to focus on a long-term strategy and spend less time meeting quarterly expectations and…


Jabez Tan on Singapore data centre market, AirTrunk

  • July 19, 2016

Source: Data Center Knowledge

The startup, called AirTrunk, is planning to build data centers in Sydney and Melbourne for an anchor tenant it has already secured, according to a Bloomberg report. It is going after cloud providers as its primary target customers and plans to undercut competitors with lower prices, the report said.

The company claims it will be able to provide lower prices because of its efficient data center design, although details of the design have not been disclosed….


Philbert Shih on Massive-Scale Cloud and Aliyun Growth

  • June 10, 2016

Source: South China Morning Post

“We are projecting substantial growth for Alibaba Cloud that would already be right at historical record highs for the cloud industry,” Philbert Shih, the managing director at Canadian firm Structure Research, told the South China Morning Post.

According to Structure Research, Alibaba Cloud is predicted to generate US$1.45 billion in sales by 2017, up from an estimated US$761 million this year.

That would enable the Chinese firm to corner 4.7 per…


Jabez Tan talks about Hong Kong Data Centre Market

  • June 1, 2016

Source: South China Morning Post

Jabez Tan, the research director at Canadian consulting firm Structure Research, said cloud infrastructure deployments are “a significant driver of data centre growth in Hong Kong”.

“The city has traditionally been viewed as an ideal location to enter the Chinese market due to its proximity and political ties,” Tan said.

Nelson expected a cost-effective set up of data centres, estimating initial expenses to range from US$2 million and US$3 million each in the two locations targeted…


Structure Research Publishes Market Share Report Series: Massive-Scale Cloud

  • May 26, 2016

Proprietary market share data most accurately represents size and growth trajectory of cloud infrastructure market.

TORONTO, Ontario – May 27, 2016 – Structure Research, a next-generation research firm focused on the global data centre, hosting and cloud infrastructure services industry, today announced the release of its Market Share Report Series. The first report in this series is on the Massive-Scale Cloud market.

This 18-page report takes an…


Jabez Tan speaks to Data Center Knowledge about STT acquisition of Tata’s data centre assets

  • May 23, 2016

Source: Data Center Knowledge 

“The acquisition of Tata’s data center assets gives STT’s data center portfolio a stake in the two Asia-Pacific markets with the most long-run growth potential,” Jabez Tan, research director at Structure Research, who specializes in Asian data center markets, said.

India is unquestionably an attractive long-term growth market, and many data center providers based elsewhere have been eyeing it but shying away because of its operating challenges, Tan said. Power grid infrastructure in the country is…


Jabez Tan speaks to DCK about shifts in New Jersey data centre market

  • May 4, 2016

Source: Data Center Knowledge

Once among the country’s most active wholesale data center markets, New Jersey is now seen as a place where retail colocation and other smaller-footprint services are going strong, while wholesale business in the traditional multi-megawatt sense is slowly drying up.

At least some of the lull in demand for large wholesale deals in New Jersey can be attributed to a slowing demand from the financial services industry, which has historically driven the bulk of demand there,…


Jabez Tan speaks to South China Morning Post about Hong Kong Data Centre Market

  • February 11, 2016

Source: Source China Morning Post

Hong Kong, long known as the gateway to China, is seeing competition heat up with Singapore in efforts to attract more mainland companies that invest in data centre services for their international expansion.

Land-strapped Hong Kong has only three new data centres expected to go online over the next three years to support growing co-location activity, compared with seven new facilities planned in Singapore over the same period, according to Canadian research and consulting firm Structure…


Jabez Tan on the Hong Kong Data Centre Market

  • February 3, 2016

Source: Data Centre News

Hong Kong has become one of the most important data center markets in Asia Pacific – and still offers plenty of growth potential according to a new report.

Structure Research’s Hong Kong Data Centre Supply report says the colocation market, while smaller than Singapore’s, was worth $616 million in 2015 and is projected to grow in the double-digit percent range in 2016, with upticks in annual growth rates through to 2020.

“This is a mature market, but one…


Jabez Tan on High-Density, NTT, Telcos and Data Centres

  • February 3, 2016

Source: Data Center Dynamics

As we noted before, Hong Kong’s proximity to mainland China means operators are able to tap into the data center market on mainland China. And the fact that Hong Kong is governed under a legal system that puts it outside the Internet censorship enforced on the mainland means that Chinese tech businesses looking to expand into regional or international markets are likely to do so from Hong Kong.

“With the surge of telcos looking to exit…


Jabez Tan on Data Centres in Hong Kong

  • February 2, 2016

Source: Data Centre Dynamics

Hong Kong has become one of the most important data center markets in the Asia-Pacific region, says a report from independent research firm Structure Research. Factors in its favor include its status as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) in China, its economy, infrastructure, business-friendly environment, and a highly skilled labor force, according to the report.

Of particular note is Hong Kong’s proximity to mainland China, which allow operators to meet the demands of the China market….


Jabez Tan on Hong Kong Data Centre Market; Gateway to China

  • February 1, 2016

Source: Data Center Knowledge

Hong Kong may be one of the world’s tiniest nations, but its importance on the internet’s global map is huge, and, if the Hong Kong government plays its cards right, that importance is only going to grow.

Hong Kong is important because China is important. As China’s Special Administrative Region, it is more westernized and open than the People’s Republic. It is both a springboard and a gateway between the recently emerged economic powerhouse and the…

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