Sunday, January 25, 2015

2015 TREND #6 DC´s Energy Efficiency & low oil prices

Data centres have a relationship with oil prices?  YES!  Energy spends in MCF is huge (3%+ around the globe) and most of this electricity is generated with fossil fuel (gas / gasoline / oil ...)  so if the DCs´owners get cheaper fuel they make better business. Or have you heard in the last 2-3 months that the DCs´per sqm or cabinet have set a lower price per COLO / Host / CLOUD services because the new oil pricing?

Well this will be probably for two years, those that lived the 1980´s remember that time where the oil prices were so high that a scarcity arrived to our lives.

Today (see the graph) are becoming a cycle that in some time 12-18 moths time frame, they will go up again. 

These mean that our industry must BE PREPARE (as scouts motto) to take the opportunity and invest in clean energies facilities that provide a friendly environment OPEration to our globe.

But lets talk in business sense. If today -2015- all of us (almost) are aware of GHG  and world´s climate change and our industry is growing at 5-8% yearly (up to 18% in 2018 that mean that DCs will consume more energy. So the demand is raising and offer will take advantage sooner or later about this situation. So it will be wise to shift the main energy source and at least have a mix of them.

 We should think that BIG DATA, Data analysis, IoT, new mega DC´s deployments, will increase the need for energy in MCF, so investing in renewable energies -just for balancing the source- is worth to evaluate as a 15 -20 years strategy for this industry / market.

However it is our responsibility to NOT keep deteriorating our world we only have borrow it for our time life and then our descendants will have the privilege of live on it.

Or what do you think?

roberto Sanchez, RCDD, ACx

Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 TREND# 5 Governance/Risk/Compliance will take precedence in DC´s OPERation

Governance / Risk / Compliance (as I have mentioned during 2014) They will keep enhancing the way of DCs´ OPEration is conceptualized by OWNERS/ OPErators, due the more stringent laws /Codes / best practices around the world. 

Industries/ markets like pharmaceutical,  banking / Finance; Health; require & demand more specialized MCF solutions with more Availability up time, less OPEration downtime to minimize Business Impact in a downtime case.

 Worldwide governments are passing strictly laws/codes to avoid the sensible & confidential information be endangered of lost or robbery from new ways of hacking and business trends.

These issues must be address by bettor planning of the facilities since its inception up to their OPEration stages. Not only those inputs but also the new business trend on IoT, ubiquity trading and more and more APPs like UBER are pushing very hardly to the OPErators to have a excellent infrastructure; all of them before sooner than later are the main driver to the CONstruction / DESign firms to pay more & more attention of those refurbishing & new CONstruction projects for Data Centres.

At this point being only a CON / DES professional is not enough you must understand the organizations´ businesses that will run into the DCs  for coming years to prepare a facility that will fulfill end user needs.

Cloud DCs is a way to make this happens however exist -still- a ñot of business that are not -and will not be- comfortable to deposit to be managed/ store/ transmit its information in "strange digital environment" this situation will be overcome -slowly around the globe- sometime in future.

Or what do you think?

roberto sanchez, RCDD