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Is moving out of the data centre a good move?

Zafirah Salim | Feb. 11, 2015
In this interview, David Meredith, Senior Vice President of CenturyLink, shares his thoughts on some of the key issues that businesses today face with data centre operations, as well as major trends and predictions for the data centre industry for 2015.

A good colocation provider should have world-class facilities spread across the globe as well as the ability to operate in an efficient and robust manner. The colocation provider should also offer access to cloud and managed services, as well as a seamless platform on which to build hybrid IT solutions.

Protecting a company's assets from disaster has become the number one concern for many businesses. How would you describe CenturyLink's security strategy for your colocation services?

A comprehensive disaster recovery architecture requires careful planning and robust technology. Reputable service providers like CenturyLink know their responsibility to provide businesses with redundancy, geographic distribution options and back-up power measures.

IT leaders must choose their infrastructure partners wisely. The Uptime Institute, a highly respected advisory organisation, has long held that the leading cause of data centre failures is operations related, and a well-run, legacy data centre may out-perform a poorly run data centre featuring a more robust or modern design.

A data centre's design is a strong foundation, but keeping businesses running round-the-clock requires solid processes and highly qualified staff. CenturyLink is resolute in our commitment to our data centre teams - excellence in training, processes and procedures - and the proven results of high-availability data centres.

Can you recommend a few colocation moving tips to help businesses build a good outline for planning their move into a new facility?

Regardless of the size and complexity of your IT environment, the driving forces for data centre transformation usually include achieving greater agility, gaining access to new technology capabilities and pursuing cost efficiencies.

When moving into a third-party data centre, you want to be able to manage risks, control disruptions to your business during the transition, and stick to your migration schedule and budget. You should also ensure the colocation provider offers access to cloud and managed hosting solutions that will afford you an optimal infrastructure mix now and in the future.

For many companies, colocation services are quietly establishing themselves as the central component of their hybrid IT strategy. Can you comment on the value of hybrid IT solutions?

The rise of virtualisation has put many businesses on a course to a hybrid IT strategy that begins with colocation in an outsourced data centre.

Companies recognise the benefits - such as enhanced efficiencies, reduced internal resource demands and low-latency connections between applications - of housing their colocated systems, cloud-based applications and managed services within the same provider's data centres. This simplifies management of the IT environment, and provides an additional level of assurance that comes from dealing with a single trusted provider.

Hosting these instances with the same provider can also provide the user the added flexibility to turn up and turn down service between colocation, managed and cloud as their business needs evolve over time.


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