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Demand for data centres continue to grow but what does that mean for CIOs?

Posted by Volta Newsroom on 01-Jul-2015 15:34:00

According to the latest figures from Gartner, data centre spending will reach $143 billion in 2015 – and set to nearly double over the next five years. This is great news for data centre providers – especially given the high volumes of empty space still available outside London.  But what does it mean for CIOs looking for the best location for the next generation of business critical systems?

Not all data centre space is the same and the trends that are driving this growth, most notably cloud computing, are placing new demands on power, security and resiliency. The problem for the data centre industry is that a significant proportion of available space is no longer fit for purpose and continued reliance on legacy technology models – from low density racks to inefficient CRAC (Computer Room Air Conditioning) cooling – will without doubt compromise the long term viability of data centre space. 

Every data centre has to wrestle with one essential challenge: making the most of the power and space available. And to do that, the latest generation of data centres is exploring a raft of innovative technologies, from high density racks to row based cooling, in order to maximise every square inch of space available. They are also delivering the resilience required to offer 100% Service Level Agreements, with multiple Tier 1 and Tier 2 carrier services and power feeds from separate substations.

For CIOs, however, the issue is not just about finding a data centre that offers the required location and resilience. It is about achieving an essential flexibility in IT delivery – from the ability to locate high density computing racks alongside low density networking racks to the demand for utility based billing.  While the industry has begun talking about the suitability of moving away from the inflexible three, four or five year contracts, few providers are prepared to make that move.

This is one of the reasons we disrupted the market by introducing the option of Power by the Hour utility-based billing. Businesses are charged by the Kilowatt hour, with charging beginning when equipment is installed in the data centre. This service uses itemised billing to enable companies to accurately monitor their power consumption and only pay for what they have used – a radically different approach to traditional, inflexible contracts.

This model indicates a willingness to respond to CIOs’ changing expectations – and throws down the gauntlet to the rest of the market still hanging on to a contract model that is as up to date as the underpinning technology infrastructure.

For more information on our Power by the Hour utility-based billing, please click HERE

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