Winds of change: Growing data centre industry brings new opportunities

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In this digital age, all businesses are effectively IT businesses no matter what they actually make or sell, whether in retail, professional services, manufacturing, and so on. IT underpins the systems and processes and more importantly will usually offer the key competitive edge, manage and pay the personnel, control suppliers and their costs, manage prospects and analyse customers buying habits, not to mention monitoring sales and powering web sites.

But the click-of-a-button...

By Simon Taylor, 13 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management.

Modular data centres: Standardise your way to a customised cloud

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It may seem counterintuitive, but enterprises and smaller firms can standardise their way to their own hybrid cloud model through smart use of modular data centres.

Large enterprises (and the rest of us) have tended to see pre-fabricated modular data centres (or containers) as an emergency option for extra capacity or one-off events. However, they have one crucial advantage over installed data centres: whilst the majority of data centres are designed, installed and tested in situ and...

By Chris Smith, 05 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management.

What questions do you need to ask about connectivity when considering a data centre?

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Whether the requirement is Internet connectivity for cloud based applications or links to a private WAN, most organisations now recognise the importance of a carrier neutral data centre. However, while the list of possible connections available may look compelling – some data centres boast hundreds of carriers – it is important to look beyond the top line promises.

When it comes to data centre connectivity organisations have diverse requirements, from cost to Quality of...

By Jonathan Arnold, 10 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Vendors.

Take a look inside SoftLayer's new UK data centre

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Six months after it was launched, IBM and SoftLayer opened the doors of its new UK data centre to the media, with IBM UK&I cloud leader Doug Clark and SoftLayer CTO Marc Jones in attendance to review 2014 and look forward to the year ahead.

The data centre in Chessington, run by Digital Realty, was until 2012 a shipping warehouse before being converted. Each pod, which Jones pointed out had the same design in every SoftLayer data centre, has 150 racks, 4000 physical nodes, and a...

By James Bourne, 29 January 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, IaaS.

Examining AWS' uptime in 2014: Figures show marked improvement

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Having been ranked as one of the top cloud providers for uptime, new figures show Amazon Web Services (AWS) having a 41% reduction in performance issues quarter to quarter during 2014.

The figures, from CloudEndure, see AWS with 127 errors during Q114, a greater number than the following three quarters combined, with 43 in Q2, 37 in Q3, and 26 in Q4.

AWS EC2 was the most frequent faller in 2014, with 46 errors, compared to scalable DNS provider Route 53 (24), network monitoring service...

By James Bourne, 26 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure, SLA.

IBM launches first SoftLayer cloud data centre in Germany, bolsters data privacy

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IBM has announced the launch of the first SoftLayer cloud data centre in Germany, joining an ever growing list of cloud service providers (CSPs) setting up roots in the European country.

The move, to Frankfurt, had been coming, with Germany and France on Big Blue’s confirmed list of targets after launching a London data centre back in July, Paris already having been...

By James Bourne, 07 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty.

On the level about data centre location: How the industry is changing

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In 1914, the Harrods Furniture Depository was completed on the banks of the Thames in leafy Barnes. It served as a warehouse for many years but in 2000 its conversion to 250 residential apartments was completed. With the penthouse flats selling for £6.5m, it is easy to understand why such prime real-estate could no longer be wasted on warehousing.

In the last 20 years, the majority of data centre development has used some of the most expensive real-estate in the UK. Given that...

By Nick Razey, 06 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management.

Cloud365 moves in to Equinix’s Melbourne data centre for Australian cloud push

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Equinix has announced that app hosting provider Cloud365 has selected its first Melbourne data centre to consolidate its push in Australia.

With Cloud365’s infrastructure deployed across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the US, the deal makes sense geographically as the Melbourne ME1 data centre can allow a high-speed, low latency and high availability cloud environment for its customers.

The deal represents a significant win for Equinix, who partnered up with Google...

By James Bourne, 02 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Why growing cloud commoditisation still won’t rain on the data centre’s parade

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Rackspace’s recent decision to discontinue its pure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering in favour of “managed cloud” services is further evidence that it is the cloud rather than the data centre providers most at risk of becoming commodities – as I originally predicated here back in May.

Take Rackspace’s exit from IaaS as a sign of things to come. Many...

By Nick Razey, 12 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, IaaS.

Interoute opens up second virtual data centre zone in Germany

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Cloud services provider Interoute has announced it will open up a new virtual data centre (VDC) zone in Frankfurt on December 1.

The new VDC zone is the seventh to be launched in 2014, the 14th overall, and the second in Germany, alongside the zone in Berlin launched in 2012. The firm launched data centres in Milan, Hong Kong, New York, London, Slough and Madrid this year.

It’s another step towards protecting data of European customers within EU borders, and offers ultra low,...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data Centres, IaaS.