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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Datacentres: Why Build When You Can Lease?

Datacentre leasing has become a growing trend, with many small and large enterprises embracing the strategic, financial and operational benefits associated with it. Regional enterprises are investing heavily towards running large consolidated operations from a single location. Cloud is also a leading factor for technology and infrastructure investment with many SMEs opting for cloud and managed services and larger organizations investing in existing infrastructure to expand data centre capacity.

Datacentre service providers are consequently required to offer service level agreements (SLAs) related to all key environmental and infrastructural elements of the data centre building. Subsequently, the building design and systems are generally state-of-the-art and maintained at the highest level of service to avoid downtime.

Judging by the rapid uptake for software defined datacentre or SDDC, we anticipate the concept to continue trending in 2014. SDDC is an interesting idea and many analysts and chief information officers see it delivering not only greater IT flexibility but also more agility in an organization’s business processes.

The key steps ins SDCC will be to evolve IT infrastructure into more scalable and managable resources through the abstraction of servers, storage, networks and applications and making these resources available to users as an integrated service.

eHosting DataFort owns and operates multiple Tier 3 datacentres, which are infrastructure sites that are maintained at almost 99.98 per cent availability. With credit based SLAs, customers are guaranteed a certain quality of service. There is no typical customer for eHDF; we provide managed hosting services for a whole host of customers from SMEs to enterprises across verticals.

SMEs tend to rely solely on third-party service providers due to cost and security concerns while larger enterprises generally have more expansive strategies spread across owned datacenters and third party datacenters.

Today, many companies are mitigating risk by setting up datacentre hubs and co-location facilities in key markets where datacentre service providers offer high-quality inventory.

One of the other factors that help clients make the decision to work with a datacentre service provider is the speed of delivery. Building a new datacentre or upgrading an existing one can take up to two years. Today’s datacentre operators provide an available inventory of space and power, offering the flexibility for expansion and a scalable growth platform that can reduce the time to occupancy by two to four months. At eHDF, we have readily available and specially-designed solutions that help clients make this decision.

Power is a large cost component in a datacentre. According to research, a large-scale datacentre operator can typically consume anywhere between 100 to 200 watts per square foot of space. Such costs can be best avoided by working with a datacentre service provider.

In recent years, information officers across the globe have been under huge pressure to reduce IT costs and this is also one of the leading goals on IT wish-lists every year. Staffing issues can additionally be avoided as working with a service provider means less investment in human resources and training, keeping up with technologies and upgrading skills. These efforts take away time that could otherwise be spent on enabling IT to develop strategies for cloud, security, virtualization and ever-changing data storage needs.

In a leased datacentre model, the service provider bears the burden of upgrading the infrastructure and building systems, which enables the enterprise IT team to focus on its strategic goals and the most productive activities to support business growth.

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