So said Ed Healy, CEO at data centre management company RF Code.He said that it is essential for a provider to understand their total capacity from a power perspective to keep customers updated of how much of it they are using and when.This capacity planning will also help data centres improve their scalability and flexibility by giving them insights into business needs.According to Paul Lewis, data centre manager at colo Aegis Data, "the growth of IoT will force colocation facilities to adopt greater flexibility".Lewis said: "In order to accommodate the sheer volume of IoT we will see clients increasingly demanding greater scalability capabilities from their providers.In the commercial data centre sector IOT is changing customer expectations.
CSPANOn Wednesday, the inspector general of the Department of State issued a scathing report on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private mail server during her tenure there, further securing the episode's legacy as perhaps the most historic case of "shadow IT" ever.The corporate counsel had the story spiked because it exposed a Sarbanes-Oxley breach—not exposed by me, but by the company's failure to have a backup system.Often, people use shadow IT at work because of a lack of official IT resources to support a need.Looking at the government sector, shadow IT has constantly gotten people in trouble for a host of other reasons: federal records laws, Federal Information Security Management Act FISMA violations, and privacy violations.And lest we forget, well before Clinton came to the State Department, members of the George W. Bush administration used a private e-mail server at gwb43.com run and paid for by the Republican National Committee—at least 88 accounts were set up for Bush administration officials in order to bypass the official White House e-mail system and avoid the regulations around presidential record retention, the Federal Records Act, and the Hatch Act which bans the use of government e-mail accounts for political purposes, among other things .Besides, Clinton's excuse basically boils down to this: other people broke the rules, so she should have been allowed to as well.
Mike Tobin OBE appointed chairmanUK managed hosting and colocation firm Pulsant has acquired Onyx to expand its UK data centre fleet with five additional facilities and add services to its portfolio.Its operations are underpinned by a network of 15 owned and operated datacentres across in the UK, and leading-edge private, multi-tenanted and public cloud platforms.The acquisition increases the scale of our business and the breadth of services we can offer, which is crucial as multi-cloud environments become more complex and more important," says Pulsant CEO Mark Howling.This acquisition marks a significant milestone in the development of Pulsant, and is its first major acquisition since Oak Hill and Scottish Equity Partners became Pulsant's major shareholders in July 2014.Tobin was previously CEO at Telecity for 13 years, overseeing its growth from a market cap of £6m to £1.6bn, and floating it on the London Stock Exchange in 2007.I am delighted that he has agreed to become our chairman, which is a significant signal of Pulsant's quality and ambitions."
CBR looks inside the data centre giant.Equinix is an international business which offers colocation data centres and internet exchanges to its customers, enabling interconnection.The American corporation, founded by Jay Adelson in 1998, operates over 145 data centres spanning fifteen countries and five continents.Nations where Equinix have stakes include Brazil, Australia, Japan, China, France and Germany.In May 2015, they acquired British company Telecity Group.Based in Redwood City, California, Equinix are the leading global colocation data centre by market share, announcing revenues of $2.73 billion in 2015.
Data centres are supposedly stuck in the past and only suitable for big corporations with a lot of money to spare.According to a report published in April by 451 Research – which monitors 4,800 data centres annually – the data centre colocation market will be worth $33.2 billion around £25 billion, AU$44 billion worldwide by 2018.In the first quarter of last year, it made $27 billion around £21 billion, AU$35 billion globally.A number of questions need to be answered here.And from a business perspective, what are the benefits for firms, especially SMEs?Usually, a colocation data centre will offer facilities such as power, cooling, space and security for server, networking and storage equipment.
Leading cloud provider announces expansions following high customer demand.Cloud and carrier-neutral colocation data centre services supplier Interxion has announced that it will be expanding in three cities following in response to customer demand.Interxion has revealed an increase within its 2016 annual capital expenditure guidance at €260m to €280m.The firm, which already has a total of 42 data centres in 11 European countries, will construct its eleventh data centre in Frankfurt and make expansions to its data centres in Paris and Marseille in order to satisfy customer requests.The final two phases of FRA10 based in Frankfurt are expected to open in Q4 2016, with over 80 percent of the capacity being sold.Interxion will build FRA11, with a provision of 4,800 square meters of equipped space and 10 MW of customer-available power when fully built out.
There are many popular brands here in the United States that are also well-known across the world: fast food restaurant chains, athletic apparel vendors, technology companies and many more.However, these companies didn t start out with a global presence – for most, it happened gradually.Businesses interested in expanding their footprint into international markets look to obtain the benefits of such growth – including increased revenue, enhanced exposure and brand recognition, global partnerships and a more diversified product and/or service offering – but they also face challenges in making that expansion occur successfully.As manager of global colocation product management for CenturyLink, I speak with a lot of people whose companies want to expand into new markets, both nationally and internationally.Some have smaller, less resilient server rooms and data centers scattered about, making it especially hard for them to get applications that require more resiliency in the exact location they need.Others may have smaller, less redundant facilities along with perhaps one highly resilient, centralized facility.
Equinix is believed to be the most suited acquirer.According to a financial analyst s report, Verizon communications is expected to be drawing closer to selling its data centres to Equinix for around $3.5 billion.Colby Synesael, a Cowen & Co LLC analyst said in a research report: We believe a transaction involving Verizon s co-location assets is imminent and that Equinix is the most likely acquirer.Out of the 14 data centres Cowen & Co. believes may be in line to sell, the 750,000-square foot NAP of the Americas in Miami is the crown jewel.The analyst estimates that this facility alone is responsible for about $100 million of the $250 million to $275 million in revenue they believe the portfolio generates for Verizon.Verizon has declined to comment, instead saying that the company will provide an update on its sale process when it reports third quarter earnings.
A colo can help to free up IT staff.In the world of technology, colocation, often shortened to colo, is a data centre facility that has space for rent.Businesses are able to rent servers and other computing hardware while the facilities are provided by another company.The facility will provide the physical security in addition to providing the space, power, and cooling, all while connecting to various telecommunication and network service providers.The idea is to allow the IT staff of companies to focus on work that can bring value to the organisation rather than having to constantly be taking care of the infrastructure.Space in the facilities is often rented by the rack, cabinet, cage, or room, which businesses pay for.
It sure doesn t seem like much time – especially when facing significant IT infrastructure upgrades.Digital transformations impact every area of the business, sparked by IT strategies built on speed, agility, and scalability.Three particular areas often have the most dramatic and immediate impact: Colocation, Cloud, and Managed Services.COLOCATION: As the building blocks for reliable infrastructures, data centers must be engineered and operated with uptime and resiliency in mind.To this end, the best plans, people and equipment should be in place to optimize facility operations that support the IT infrastructure that powers your business.Whatever the choice, it must provide seamless and efficient connection of legacy and cloud workloads and systems.
As such it is a market that is growing overall and will certainly continue to do so in the short-to-medium term.Nevertheless, providers of collocation services face a number of challenges as well as opportunities.These encompass business issues such as the changing face of those who purchase their services and the structure of the colocation industry itself as well as technical requirements which include Edge Computing, Cloud Computing and the impact of data centre infrastructure management DCIM software.In earlier times they tended to be procurement or facilities professionals; today they may be an IT manager, a chief information officer CIO or increasingly a business executive which could have a rank as high as Chief Financial Officer CFO or Chief Executive, depending on the business requirement.There are even new roles emerging such as Chief Digital Officer CDO an executive in charge of digital strategies, and usually the change management associated with them, throughout an organisation.The concerns of IT managers, and the vocabulary they use to express them, may be very different from those of CIOs, CEOs and CDOs.
CenturyLink shifts 57 data centres, including 5 in the UK, to fund acquisition of Level3 CommunicationsUS communications firm CenturyLink is selling its global network of data centres for $2.15 billion and will use the proceeds to fund the acquisition of rival provider Level 3 Communications, a transaction announced earlier this week.As rumoured, BC Partners is the buyer for the data centre business, but CenturyLink will continue to offer colocation services as part of an agreement with the new owners that will take effect once the takeover is completed.That is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2017.CenturyLink had been keen to sell off its data centre business and had hoped to raise as much as $2.5 billion so it could focus on other areas like network services, managed hosting and cloud.A number of other telcos, including Verizon, are also looking at offloading their data centre portfolios too.
Newly minted data centre firm Stellium will make Newcastle s northern tech hub the base for its UK data centreNewcastle will be the home of the UK s largest purpose built data centre, courtesy of freshly-minted company Stellium, bringing more server-based services to the North.Stellium is founded by the Noel Meaney, the founder of Citadel100 Datacenters, euNetworks and Seafibre Networks and will be targeted at delivering wholesale, rack and cloud services, with the goal of being specifically designed handling varied computing tasks and workloads.The new data centre s campus, due to be fully operational by the end of 2016, is being touted by Stellium as having the power, scale and flexibility to provide enterprise-level cloud infrastructure, powered shell facilities, and dedicated and shared co-location services.Server Angel of the NorthThe new data centre as its one dedicated power supply from an adjacent National Grid inter connector, which delivers up to 80MVA through four 20MVA 11kv feeds from two dedicated SSE substations.
Promo Future-proofing your data centre is no longer down to a choice of the right servers and storage, it s now all about connectivity, location and the neighbours.However, when you re specifying a large project such as a data centre that is going to be the centrepiece of your business, then future trends become much more important.servers, storage and location are among other factors to consider.The new class of application – built using technologies like virtualisation, containers and micro-services and accessing multiple external services – presents a radically different workflow to the standard application.We are well beyond the days of the north-south web services infrastructure, where the data would come in from the network, to some front-end that would access an application service, access data, and then send it back up the pipeline.Current applications are talking to each other; there are endpoints that need to collaborate, and work together; and there is a much higher degree of virtualisation that is taking place.
OVH has plans to open two other data centres in the UK.European cloud provider, OVH, has opened its first UK data centre in London, the first of three planned data centres for the UK region.With a capacity of 40,000 servers, it will cover a total of 4,000 square metres excluding colocation space.It will be interconnected to the company s point of presence in London through a double fibre path, creating redundancy.OVH, which has had a presence within the UK since 2007 due its subsidiary based in London, provides expertise and end-to-end management of the web hosting chain, which has helped in its rapid deployment of the data centre that is expected to launch in May 2017.The facility includes direct connection to other OVH data centres in Gravelines, Roubaix, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Montreal and New York.
The three major colocation providers increase their revenue for 2016 colocation market.Colocation providers Equinix, Digital Realty and NTT Communications have seen a growth in colo revenue which surpassed overall market growth in 2016.Attributed to acquisitions and organic growth, Equinix, Digital Realty and NTT grew colocation revenues by 28%, outpacing the 9% growth seen by the overall colo market.According to Synergy Research Group, the other top ten operators saw colo revenues grow 12% in 2016, while those providers ranked 11-20 saw 8% growth.Notable companies who surpassed average growth rate included China Telecom, QTS and KDDI-Telehouse.Looking at regional growth, the
With the start of a new year, every major fitness chain is encouraging customers to renew their commitment to physical fitness.After all, a new year is a perfect time to shape up and transform for the year ahead.While many are focused on personal growth and wellness goals, others have resolutions that incorporate the business side of transformation.Customer expectations are at an all-time high as CIOs align for a burgeoning Digital Transformation.Expanded adoption of cloud computing and mobility means more traffic is flowing across corporate networks – demanding they evolve into reliable, scalable, and agile business agility platforms.Faced with aging infrastructures and outdated hardware and software, companies are prioritizing investments in hybrid IT networks.
Equinix s Slough data centre campus expands with acquisition from data centre as a service provider IOData centre operator Equinix has expanded its footprint in the UK by acquiring IO UK s data centre operating business in Slough, just outside of London, for an undisclosed sum.The facility, which will be renamed LD10, is close to Equinix s existing Slough data centre campus and will help the company meet growing demands for digital infrastructure connectivity in the UK and Europe.Once it has been fully completed, LD10 will add approximately 350 cabinets of sold capacity and a total colocation space of approximately 3,340, so offers plenty of space to grow into.Equinix plans to link LD10 to its other Slough data centres LD4, LD5 and LD6 , which already offer low-latency connectivity from London to markets such as New York 30 milliseconds and Frankfurt 4 milliseconds .Eric Schwartz, president for EMEA at Equinix, said the deal is an important one because London remains a global economic engine, with leading enterprises and cloud service providers making it a primary hub for IT infrastructure.
Colt DCS expands London data centre following customer cloud & colocation services demand.Colt Data Centre has confirmed the completion of four data centre halls located across its flagship London 3 data centre.An addition of 2,000 sqm of new colocation space was delivered in under six months from design to delivery, with a further 1,000 sqm of space currently under construction to be delivered in June 2017.The space which currently offers 12MW capacity now includes an extra 6.4MW of IT capacity, showing an increase of 53 percent in the overall IT capacity offered by the facility.The continuous demand from customers for Colt s cloud hosting and colocation services within the London marketplace is what forced the data centre expansion.Colt Data Centre s London sites now offer a total of 17 halls, with an extra two halls to further expand its capacity later this year.
Amsterdam passes the 50MW mark and Paris shows seven-fold increase from 2015 totalA record amount of data centre colocation activity was recorded across Europe in 2016, with 155MW of take-up throughout Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris.This number doubles the previous record for annual take-up, according to global real estate adviser CBRE, with the four major European data centre markets seeing unprecedented activity as companies continue to ride the cloud wave.Amsterdam became the first market ever to pass the 50 Megawatt MW mark for colocation take-up in a single year with 54MW, followed by London 49MW and Frankfurt 34MW who both recorded more activity than any individual market had before 2016.The largest year-on-year increase came in Paris, with the market beating the 2.5MW recorded in 2015 to hit the 17.6MW mark in 2016 The record level of take-up in 2016 was totally unprecedented, said Andrew Jay, executive director for Data Centre Solutions at CBRE.
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