In case you haven’t already noticed, the data centre business is booming: major construction projects, upgrades, outsourcing, conferences, interest groups, magazines. Everything to do with today’s data centre is hot, largely because yesterday’s data centres overheated first.
And it’s not just those pesky blade servers that are to blame. Even your lower density IT kit has grown more power-thirsty over the past few years. Just three years ago 0.8 kW was all it took to power the average 42u rack, now the starting point is 3 kW and rising. Put today’s low density equipment into your 3-year old and site and you’ll be lucky just to power and cool it. You’ll have lost your redundancy for sure.
Nor is new compliance regulation restricted to Basel II, Sarbanes-Oxley and the private sector. Most UK public bodies are now expected to provide an ever increasing number of IT services, 24-hours a day and without a whiff of downtime. So it’s not just greater capacity within your data centre environment that’s called for, but more and better resilience as well.
Which is why, if you haven’t built or upgraded your computer facilities in the last few years, there’s every chance you’ll be doing so in the next. And sadly, there’s also every chance you’ll go it alone.