Vinay Nagpal, VP, Product Management
November 20, 2017

Connected consumer devices. Connected industrial systems. Whether it's coming from a factory in South Carolina, a fitness tracker in California, or somewhere in between, the amount of connected devices and the overwhelming volume of data they create is making those in the data centre industry and IT departments alike stand up and take notice.

For most businesses, it’s already abundantly clear which way the wind is blowing. The amount of data being created, stored, and analyzed is growing and the expertise it takes to properly manage its storage and distribution [on-site] is probably not something most want to invest in. There's a pretty clear correlation between these factors and the fact that on-premise data centre spending is down and cloud migration is up.

So what do data centres need to be properly prepared for the increase in data as well as the increase in customers migrating their workloads to data centre servers? We put together a brief list of the must-haves below.

People. While there is a lot of excitement and discussion surrounding many of the exciting cloud-based tools that have emerged within the data centre (and rightly so), there may be some misconceptions about how these tools function in total. The truth is that data centres do not run on magic. In order to avoid costly mistakes and keep the data centre running smoothly, it is crucial to keep experts on hand.

Proximity. If your customers are in Washington, D.C., you don't want to have to rely on a data centre in Washington state. When it comes to fast, reliable delivery, proximity is crucial. That's why Digital Realty is committed to growing its global footprint to support not only the world's Tier 1 markets, but to increasingly serve smaller markets as well. Currently, Digital Realty operates 170 facilities in 32 metro areas worldwide.

Green Power. With the amount of data increasing and coming from more and more sources all the time, the need for sustainability really comes into focus. It's clear that data centres and cloud services are going to be an indispensible part of our economy and our daily lives going forward. Because data centres need so much power, and the reliance on their services is increasing, it behooves data centre operators to make power reduction and green energy usage a top priority. Click here to learn what Digital Realty is doing to prioritize sustainability.

Custom Interconnection. When new customers first enter an agreement to lease space in one of our data centres, they are often delighted to learn just how individualized data centre services can be. It's important that your IT strategy match your business goals. Our Service Exchange offering is a software-defined network that enables you to establish private, direct connections to service providers of your choice, as well as other users of the platform and other data centres in the network. With large amounts of data and shifting strategies, this kind of flexibility is invaluable.

Security. Sometimes one piece of the technology stack outlives its “best by” date but still gets the job done. With security, this kind of attitude is a recipe for disaster. "It's too difficult to keep pace" is never an adequate excuse. And because of the lightning-quick pace of change, more and more businesses are turning to data centre operators who take security seriously and make it their top priority every day. Click here to learn about what sets Digital Realty apart when it comes to security and compliance.

So, how does your data centre stack up? If you're still relying on an on-premise solution, it's unlikely you can confidently cheque these 5 boxes.

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