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The Data Center Industry: Concentrating on Market Changes

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Like many other industries, the data center industry has experienced numerous changes over its existence. Wholesale data center buyers previously included large enterprises and service providers, while retail colocation buyers were comprised of medium-sized enterprises and ecosystem players. The lines between these two segments are now blurring, and the data center market is now faced with new price pressures, competitors and channels. Today’s wholesale providers are competing on smaller enterprise deals, and their retail counterparts are competing on larger deals as the customer mix moves toward service providers.

The Data Center Market: Converging on Canada

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Canada continues to grow and expand as a strong market for colocation and data center services.  In fact, data center space in some key Canadian markets – such as Toronto and Montreal, for instance – is expected to grow by as much as 20 percent annually over the next two to three years. Some Canadian businesses want to keep their data in their own country, while other companies invest in colocation in Canada to expand their global footprint. CenturyLink’s enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure solutions have been offered in Canada since 2010 and address data sovereignty requirements for Canadian enterprises and multi-national corporations seeking to establish a local presence.  

Executive Roundtable: Growing Your Business, Not Your Data Center

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Businesses that build their own data center may have complete control over their operating environment and the capability to leverage existing space, but those data centers often lack the necessary scalability to be successful over a long period of time. Plus, building and maintaining a data center can be a very costly proposition. It costs approximately $200 per square foot to construct a data center, and that cost doesn’t include the necessary cooling, security and connectivity measures, which adds another $7 to $9 million dollars per megawatt to bring a fully functional data center online. Even businesses with enough capital to cover the upfront costs of building or expanding an on premise data center don’t always take into consideration the costs necessary for planning and design, property investment, power expenses, multi-level security, staffing and maintenance.

Ensuring ROI and Maximizing Uptime: A Panel Discussion

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The cost of an unplanned data center outage can be as much as $9,000 per minute, and outages cost enterprises an astounding $700 billion per year. IT professionals have their hands full with this issue, especially because an estimated 70 percent of all data center outages are the result of human error. In addition to dealing with possible outages, these professionals are being asked to utilize infrastructure more efficiently while constantly delivering uptime as technology continues to evolve and data requirements expand.

Going Global: Expanding IT (Part Two)

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In my most recent blog, I discussed some challenges companies face when trying to expand their footprint on an international level. Whether spreading IT infrastructure among multiple, smaller data centers or lacking the knowledge to take advantage of interconnection in global markets, most companies aren’t fully prepared to spearhead a move into different parts of the world.

Going Global: Expanding IT

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There are many popular brands here in the United States that are also well-known across the world: fast food restaurant chains, athletic apparel vendors, technology companies and many more. However, these companies didn’t start out with a global presence – for most, it happened gradually.

Predicting the Unpredictable: Using the Right Resources (#3 in Series)

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Keeping a business running smoothly is tough enough without having to plan for IT needs and resources years into the future. Lacking an IT crystal ball, companies continue to invest in forecasting programs and models. One of the big questions they should ask is whether building a process to predict IT infrastructure needs is best served inside a company or by experts in data centers. Where should they spend their IT dollars and focus their IT resources?  

Diagnosing and Treating Your Data Center

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Sometimes, it’s easy to see when something is aging: a car starts to break down and needs expensive repairs, a washing machine stops washing or a computer is as slow as molasses.  Our own bodies start to feel more aches and pains. When it comes to data centers, there are multiple facets to examine to diagnose and treat them for continued efficiency.