This is a question that I’ve been asked a lot considering that people ask if there is any duplication of overlap with compevo. Techrich is an extension and complement to compevo and allows possibilities for our clients.
Being incorporated and based in Hong Kong allows us to provide more leverage and advantages and fills any gap that compevo may not have been able to fulfill. In terms of data storage, security and connectivity Hong Kong cannot be beat. It has the best of nearly all worlds.
Why Hong Kong?
This is the next, natural question that follows. Hong Kong is economically, politically, and technically stable in terms of both IT infrastructure, ecosystem and most importantly its link to the outside world is fast and neutral. Hong Kong itself is still the internet gateway to China, being directly connected to Mainland China.
Hong Kong is also has a large Big Data industry and demand due its reputation as a financial hub of the world which is a perfect ecosystem and fit for Techrich’s goals.
Contrary to some common belief, Hong Kong is not in the Asian Ring of Fire and is relatively free of any natural disasters, making it not only an ideal location on a world scale but perfect within Asia too. Hong Kong does experience typhoons but they are rarely devastating and have little to no impact on IT or datacenter operations in Hong Kong. In fact Hong Kong’s power grid is known to be one of the most reliable and stable in the world.
In terms of internet routing Hong Kong is quite neutral with excellent connectivity to all of Asia, North America and Europe, but of particular importance is the capability of very low ping times into Mainland China that only Hong Kong can provide.
As part of doing my part for the environment I consolidated a lot of other server/computer hardware in my office into a low-power, quiet and cool running Dedicated AMD Opteron Desktop Workstation Server from scratch. It has kept my office cooler and quieter, all while saving on power and more importantly the environment. I should have added that I also reduced the number of hard disks from several if not dozens in my office, to just 6 disks (all of them larger I believe 4-8TB each).
But I wanted to take it a step further and I admit I was also motivated each morning by the unfriendly smells of burning PCB no matter what I did. It’s an exercise in efficiency, savings, environment and your own health and sanity.
In my office I have a gigabit 24-port rack mount switch and 42U server rack where I store parts and other items for testing and development. Believe it or not but this switch seems to have made an incredible amount of heat and even worse, the burning PCB smell which can’t be healthy and it still baffles me because its fan is working just fine and the unit doesn’t get that hot.
This is where the waste part came in, the thing is that under my Desk I have a small gigabit switch for all of my other devices such as VOIP, phone, printer, laptop, etc… and the 24-port switch only has 4 or 5 ports active. I’ve kept the 24-port on the rack and ready to plug in and I just switched in a humble but efficient 5-port gigabit switch which has reduced heat and the bad PCB smell in the office.
One thing I admit that I have done (or rather haven’t) is enabled any kind of sleep mode for my Desktop workstation and this is because it is nearly always active and I like to remotely connect to it at odd times of the day. But still this current Opteron workstation runs cooler than my previous labyrinth of servers and workstations that were active so I can actually hear again. By consolidating most services into a single unit with virtual servers you can often eliminate the majority of power usage which primarily comes from hot and power hungry CPUs. This is one reason why I haven’t upgraded to newer Opteron architecture, yes you get more cores per CPU but the power usage ends up being more than what I am into now and is no more efficient and far exceeds my current needs.