Is the data centre dead?

Posted on May 18, 2018

Is The Data Centre Dead


Cloud computing has become a preferred infrastucture model for many enterprises in the modern world.

Australian Bureau of Statistics data has shown that the number of Australian businesses using commercial cloud computing services rose from 19 percent to 31 per cent from  2013-14 to 2015-16.

But does that spell the end of the traditional data centre? Definitely not.

Consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan has forecast that the Australian data centre services market will actually grow by 12.4 percent a year to 2022. And that is largely driven by new innovations like edge computing and mega data centres.

Edge computing allows for rapid access to data in all corners of the network

One of the major evolutions of the data centre has been edge computing, which tips the whole concept of data centres on its head.

In this model, resources are distributed to every corner of the network — to the edges — to allow for quick access.

This has primarily been developed to suit Internet of Things applications, which allow devices to quickly and readily tap into the network to process and access data.

In retail, for example, edge data centre devices could be used to detect when connected customers enter the store and quickly feed them specials and promotions specific to their shopping habits.

Mega Data Centres provide enormous scope and scale

The global mega data center market is expected to reach USD 21.72 billion by 2020, highlighting the rise of data in the modern world.

These Mega DCs are typically serviced by 15,000 servers or more and have the ability to add thousands —  if not millions — of new users to its operations.

Large scale data centres like these are becoming more popular as data needs grow, with applications like IoT and 3D printing contributing to growing data storage requirements.

Interestingly, Facebook has recently opened the doors to its data centre operations — which could pave the way for reduced costs and efficiencies for Mega DCs in the future.

Support for content paves the way for cloud based storage

Netflix is one of the biggest content providers in the world, and it made the decision to abandon data centres for cloud storage in 2015.

This was sparked by a failure in one of its data centres in 2008, but it took eight years to make the transition as Netflix had to wait for the cloud technology to evolve.

Why there is still a need for non-cloud models

The cloud solution worked for a company like Netflix, but it is not the solution for every enterprise.

Some companies use legacy applications which are not compatible with modern architecture found in cloud solutions, while high-demand applications require large storage capacities and intense processing power that cloud services cannot provide.

With Vocus, you can have all the storage space, power and accessibility you need from a data centre. Vocus has 15 data centres in Australia and two in New Zealand, which offer the security of upto 30kW cooling to each rack, high-end security, scalable storage and the ability to access data operations 24/7.

How VOCUS can update your data centre operations to prevent downtime

Regis Aged Care is one of the largest providers of aged care in Australia, but was previously operating off a single data centre.

That meant unplanned outages compromised productivity and care efficiency in the advent of a disaster, Regis was looking at significant downtime.

"Most of our applications were hosted in one data centre. If there was any kind of disaster in the facility, we didn't have any capability beyond buying equipment again and reloading our data and applications," Regis Aged Care chief information officer David Thompson said.

Initially, Regis had planned to upgrade its solitary data centre at head office in Melbourne. But VOCUS was able to set up two active data centres, with both centres and head office connected by high-bandwidth dark fibre links.

That means that if one data centre fails, the other will keep all systems online. And recovery time has now been slashed from up to days, to mere minutes.

"With Vocus, we now have superior disaster recovery capability. We can have every application back up-and-running within 15 minutes with no data loss," Thompson said.

To discuss your data centre needs, contact Vocus today on 1800 035 540.

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