Opinion: The inverted pyramid of IT infrastructure

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If we ever lose a bid for a data centre contract, it is for one of two reasons.

Either the customer insists on being close to London and is happy to pay the premium for doing so, or the customer is obsessed by paying the lowest possible price and will accept any quality of data centre service to achieve...

By Nick Razey, 13 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Why physical security is essential to combating the ever present and growing threat to data centres

Although recognised as important, the absolute criticality of the data centre is often underestimated and this is possibly due to its relative cost in comparison to other elements of the IT stack. While a rack footprint might cost £10K pa, the hardware might cost over £50K and the managed service £100K.

However, if the data centre fails the lost business can reach millions of pounds per day. So, while the data centre is considered the least important element when it is working, it...

By Nick Razey, 22 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Disaster Recovery.

Assessing the balance of power for data centre operators

Achieving the lowest possible power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating should not be the only objective of a data centre operator. After all, the most energy efficient data centre is one which has lost all power! Furthermore there is a considerable grey area around the method of PUE calculation.

Effectively consolidating space and power constrained legacy data centres into more energy efficient ‘PUE-friendly’ environments ultimately requires their migration into modern facilities. These can offer...

By Nick Razey, 08 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Vendors, Virtualisation.

The next steps to avoid a cloud burst

There isn’t much in the way of silver linings when clouds stop working, which they tend to do from time to time. While no doubt you will have put in place comprehensive service level agreements with your providers, these on their own cannot deliver maximum cloud cover.

In the end your cloud lives in a data centre or data centres which could be based anywhere – locally, on the other side of the country, in another country altogether. Unfortunately some of these aren’t always particularly...

By Simon Taylor, 24 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Disaster Recovery.

Could we have data centres as a commodity?

For those working in the fast moving world of cloud computing it is easy to take the view that the choice of data centre is irrelevant; that although it is an essential piece of the jigsaw, one data centre is just the same as another when compared to the complexities of differing IaaS and SaaS platforms.

On this basis it is assumed that all the value in the IT chain will migrate to the cloud providers leaving data centres to earn meagre commodity margins.

The data centre however is a very long way from being...

By Nick Razey, 07 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Vendors.

Thames flooding flushes out flawed thinking on London data centre location

Time and tide wait for no one. Wise words and all the more so amid the recent flooding experienced up and down the country with even the Thames bursting its banks just a few miles short of central London.  

If it wasn’t for the Thames Barrier who knows what might have happened? It’s sobering that a fifth of all the 30 year old barrier’s closures took place in the first two months of 2014. Not surprisingly this has sparked fresh calls for the building of a new one should the current one...

By Nick Razey, 28 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, PublicSector, Scalability, Storage.

Demand for data sovereignty puts home grown data centres in the spotlight

The continuing revelations by former US National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden about the extent of data surveillance are rumbling like thunder around the cloud computing industry.

This is likely to be more than just a passing storm in a tea cup as there could be lasting repercussions on where cloud users and providers store their data.

Companies, governments and the European Parliament are starting to take a long hard look at the whole issue of data sovereignty which may well trigger a rush for...

By Simon Taylor, 11 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, Security.