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Datacentres then and now: The technological evolution

Kevin Wee, Director, Colocation Business Development, Asia Pacific, CenturyLink | July 24, 2015
Kevin Wee of CenturyLink APAC tells a tale of how data centres have progressed, and what colocation brings for businesses for times ahead.

Similarly, a concern for businesses would be protecting a company's assets from disaster and this entails a comprehensive disaster recovery architecture. Service providers will therefore need to provide businesses with redundancy, geographic distribution options and back-up power measures.  

With pressure to be as efficient as possible comes challenges to effectively manage the data centre. Despite the fundamental physical infrastructure properly in place, maintenance is crucial if single points of failure and outages are to be avoided. In other words, are you able to trust that your service provider lives up to its SLA and deliver as promised?  

The next wave of transformation

We have come a long way from data centres of the past. From microcomputers and servers that found their places in old computer rooms, to colocation and cloud hosting, organisations are taking advantage of this evolution. Colocation offers benefits such as supporting mission critical applications, ultimately propelling them forward in this fast changing IT landscape. The shift to the cloud and colocation model has offered savings, flexibility and expertise that have remained unparalleled so far.

While still in its infancy, the next wave of technological transformation is soon to be upon us. In fact, in Asia Pacific where land is scarce in countries such as Singapore, a key technological improvement in data centres is the introduction of a 3rd source of power — fuel cells, in addition to grid power, and N + 1 backup generators. This is critical as fuel cells in the data centres make up for the lack of natural fuel in Singapore and will also lessen the reliance on the local power grid for the primary source of electricity.

However, it can be safe to say that with technology advancing at breakneck speed, service teams ultimately remain as the only constant to ensure that come what may, teams are adequately trained and qualified to provide the level of consult and insight organisations need. At the end of the day, all technological transformation has to be paired with operational excellence in order for data centres to operate successfully in the years to come.


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