It is recognised that Cloud Computing is the main driving force for the future ICT. Many IT organisations have predicted that spending on cloud services results in the secure deployment of services. But as the cloud revolution continues, companies must consider how they will update their ICT infrastructure to prepare for this growth.
There are already many companies that have realised the benefits of ICT infrastructure hosting in Cloud data centres. The ecosystem that is generated in data centres is ideal for those services in the cloud as it provides the opportunity to grow according to demand fluctuation and the necessary electrical power, connectivity and security necessary to ensure reliable performance and continuous availability. It also provides significant economies of scale, which helps keep costs to a minimum at the critical stage of development of cloud services. An additional benefit is the dramatic cost savings as CAPEX and OPEX, which can easily reach $25 million if you choose to build a data centre.
With this in mind, there are several key factors:
1. Unlimited scalability
Cloud Computing requires a higher level of scalability and availability, faster than previous models. The bandwidth and processing power should be readily available to meet the growing demand, with the ability to add or reduce the resources necessary after demand peaks. By outsourcing a professional data centre, companies do not have to worry over supplies for peak demand, thus avoiding the problems of under utilization. Outsourcing these services in a data centre also avoids the risk of running out of capacity when there are greater demands.
2. Physical Security and Virtualisation
Although there are many benefits of moving to the cloud, there are some risks. Ethernet-based cloud is impenetrable or immune to data loss. Companies must identify operational and security risks associated with the cloud, ie, data security, integrity and privacy, in order to choose a solution that best addresses these concerns.
Ecosystems of large data centres are ideal for ensuring the delivery of cloud applications such as Storage-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service. This is due to the robustness of the data centre infrastructure and the inherent need these technology centres have higher quality, more efficient and last generation. These centres excel in both physical security of data, with multiple layers of failsafe security and systems backup and recovery to protect against data loss.
3. High Power Density
While most of the servers in a company have an average of 15 percent utilization, virtualised servers reach 60-80%. Therefore, the availability of high power density has become an imperative and allows cloud service providers to deploy the most modern equipment and more efficient by minimizing the space required and hence the operating cost.
4. Multiple connectivity
Virtualised infrastructures are in demand and increasing continuously because the mobility allows you to access it anytime from anywhere. The uptime and availability of virtualised infrastructures are as important as power because it helps a company to deploy different cloud processes and it completely depends upon the quality of the end user’s connection. The maximum bandwidth and multiple connectivity options will drive the adoption of pay-per-use model. A separate data centre can provide the widest range of connectivity options and facilitating greater choice cost reduction.
5. Lower costs in the cloud
Economies of scale are the greatest benefits of the infrastructure that supports the cloud. The large data centres reduce the cost to host cloud computing infrastructure, multiply the savings generated by the delivery model of cloud and protecting profit margins for customers.
A recent research by technologists concluded that the costs of storage, communications and processing in large data centres tend to be reduced by five to seven times. In addition, the construction cost per square meter is up to 60 percent lower, according to Tier1 Research.
Outsourcing cloud services also help companies who cannot afford to build or continue the expansion of their own data centre, reducing capital expenditures and operating expenses. The facility costs are growing rapidly, and according to the Uptime Institute, the true costs of running a server are often four to five times the price of the server in a lifespan of 5-10 years. Outsourcing data centre equates to big savings in both costs and administration for the business.
6. Specific Communities
Some Datacentres have developed Cloud Communities which helps different companies to deploy services from the near by data centre location to markets. These cloud communites by data centres are for the financial services sector, where the speed of the negotiation between enterprises are essential which helps its members to take advantage of the connection speed to market and proximity to markets finance.
In addition, organisations within those communities have direct access to financial exchanges, brokers, market data providers, and a wide range of managed service providers and ISVs, many of which are connected and use an infrastructure and / or common applications. This type of community approach also applies to key areas of interest include digital media and service providers, telecom operators and neutral points, or business sectors.
Finally, it will be vital to the success of cloud computing, and for those who want to take full advantage of its benefits, that the infrastructure which supports offers confidence and scalability while providing the connectivity and security required.
The use in data centres is growing because they satisfy a basic need to access useful information, quickly, at lower cost and minimised risk. More and more companies are realising the benefits of having a part of their requirements for data processing, storage and networking in an outsourced facility to help ensure that their operations can continue without interruption.
Cloud computing is still an evolving paradigm that will take many years to be fully mature. However, with improvements in the understanding and knowledge of safety procedures and regulatory infrastructure, and infrastructure with a solid foundation in place, the cloud looks set to continue its path of growth and adoption.