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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.

We have just kick-started 2015. Can you share your insights on some major trends and predictions for the data centre industry in the year ahead?  

With the ever-increasing demands being placed on IT and associated costs at an all-time high, businesses will continue to turn to service providers.

We believe the most successful service provider relationships will not only focus on low-cost and geographic convenience as primary selling points, but also strongly emphasise their industry-wide certifications and global functionality. For example, businesses will increasingly view adherence to the Uptime Institute's Management & Operations standards as a clear differentiator and perhaps deciding factor in their decision to outsource.

We also believe businesses will look to align with large data centre providers that offer an optimised mix of local services and globally available cloud and secondary sites for scalability, disaster recovery, data protection, latency and other business services. This combination helps businesses feel more comfortable because their data is secure and nearby, while not compromising future growth.


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