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Why audit your data centre?

The purpose of an audit is for an independent third party to examine the data centre and assess it against best practice to identify where it is compliant and where improvements can be made. However, the purpose of the audit is not always the same. Here we will identify some of the more common reasons for carrying out a data centre audit.

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The return of the small data centre – but now it’s called an Edge Data Centre

We have seen a decade of consolidation of the data centre industry with larger and larger data centres being built in clusters around London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris and now more and more, Dublin. This centralised approach is dominated by big colocation companies such as Equinix and Interxion and by Cloud providers such as Amazon, IBM and Microsoft. The downsides of centralisation, as in any business, are reliability, costs (if your customers are very distributed) and network latency, i.e. the delay caused by long communications links between computers and networking equipment.If you have a lot of users storing and processing data in an area remote from the traditional centres of cloud providers then it makes sense to build a smaller datacentre nearer to the customers, hence the rise (or resurgence) of the Edge data centre.

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The data centre skill shortage

Every few months we see a headline, like this one, in the technical press, and the article is usually written by a training company keen to point out said shortage. So when I saw a similar headline recently, but headlined by Google, Microsoft and Uber it caught my eye. The spokesman for Microsoft mentioned the […]