Our CEO Matthew Dent was offered the chance to put his opinion on what impact the Internet of Things (IoT) is having on London’s Data Centres, for Inside Networks magazine - Question Time section. Within this article, Matthew discussed the effect the IoT is having on the way data centres are designed, configured and used by focusing on essential requirements for strong connectivity, flexibility and security.
As organisations become even more dependent on IoT for business critical tasks, such as tracking the temperature of refrigerated lorries carrying perishable food items or sensors in a clean environment that detect changes in air quality and automatically trigger systems and processes to maintain the optimal environment, it is imperative to ensure that the right connectivity and bandwidth is in place at the data centre to provide seamless communications between devices at all times.
In terms of resilience, the number of Tier 1 carriers directly connected to a London data centre and the number of diverse fibre entry points are key. Without diverse fibre connections, the back-up options are limited: any damage to the underlying cable network – for example, damage during road works - will take out every Tier 2 connection that is using the same last mile from a Tier 1 provider. Thus, for businesses reliant on IoT, using a data centre with multiple Tier 1 carrier options should be a key priority. This also gives the customer a wider choice where they may benefit commercially from existing carrier relationships.Read Matthew’s comments in full here (turn to page 27) and find out what other experts have to say about IoT trends and the future of data centres.