Data Centre demand set to grow exponentially
The improvements that cloud technology has made in our day-to-day business operations are significant and copious. From banking, networking, borderless communication, and the creation of historical business records, technology pays a huge role in the streamlined and effective running of our businesses everyday.
The evolution of the cloud has enabled us to shift and store data like never before. This increasing reliance that businesses have on cloud computing systems has led to the exponential increase in the prominence and size of data centres, as well as the increased expectations of the community for these systems to be working effectively and efficiently.
And this is only the beginning - the industry is showing no signs of slowing down yet. A report by Frost & Sullivan in 2014 indicated a strong domestic demand for outsourced data centres, with cloud computing being major contributor to industry growth. The $27.5bn National Broadband Network (NBN) will further drive the data centre market up – with more Australians being able to exchange and utilise data at unprecedented sizes and speeds, accelerating the capabilities of the cloud. This will, in turn, lead to the higher consumption of content, and the higher the expectations for data centres to keep up with the growing demands of businesses.
How do businesses keep up with the growing demand of cloud computing systems?
In order to keep up with the increasing demands of cloud computing, growing businesses should consider their long-term data storage needs, and if they have the capacity to store all their information in in-house infrastructure, or if they should outsource their data storage.
Demand for onshore data-centres have attracted investments from both local and global service providers, with significant building operations being planned in the next few years in Australia. The additional data centres will subsequently force the prices of data storage down, thus attracting the increasing consumption of more outsourced data services.
What are the benefits of outsourcing data storage for businesses?
Time saving. Generally speaking, Australian data centres consist of superior infrastructure, with high maintenance standards. This reliable infrastructure will likely save businesses a lot of time and money in the long run, which may be lost due to downtime in having to upgrade or build data centre infrastructure.
Cost savings. Outsourced data enables businesses to make extraordinary savings on the labour, infrastructure, operational and technological costs associated with creating and maintaining an existing in-house data centre.
Increased Focus. More time and energy will be spent focusing on the business’ operations, rather than the maintenance of a data centre – as building, or upgrading a data centre can take up a lot of time that can better be spent on business advancements. Most data centres also offer opportunities for expansion and scalable growth, therefore eliminating the need for businesses to have to further plan to upgrade their infrastructure, and build more systems.
Compliance. Assurance that businesses are compliant with the relevant laws and regulations associated with data retention. Ensuring businesses are compliant is challenging without specialised expertise, especially due to the changing nature of laws. Outsourcing a business’ data centre will ensure that the data storage is within it’s legal obligations.