Research shows that 80-90 percent of medium and large companies in the US outsource IT, HR or accounting services, focusing solely on core business. This trend is also visible in the UK, Germany or France while the prevalence of outsourcing diminishes in South and Eastern Europe. This discrepancy has historical roots. Twenty years ago, every company controlled all aspects of their business and it takes time for changes to occur. Another distinctive feature is the fragmentation of the Polish data management market – no major global player is present here yet.
"In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king" is actually attributed to Erasmus of Rotterdam, a 16th-century Dutch Renaissance humanist, also a social critic, Catholic priest, teacher and theologian. The quote is an idiom. It refers to the idea that someone who might not normally be considered special can stand out if that person is surrounded by people who are less capable.
With the global market heading towards US$79.1 billion by 2018, it seems many organisations think they’ll get ahead in the cloud. The promise of lower costs and greater agility has caused CIOs to flock to a sector that is, appropriately, now seeing sky-high popularity.
BroadGroup has conducted a survey of enterprises registered to attend Datacloloud Europe 2016 which takes place in Monaco 8-9 June 2016.
Attendees were asked about their intention to deploy IT assets; of the respondents, most stated Europe, but with more detail, 47% cited Ireland and 43% Nordic markets. More than half expressed an interest in Africa and 30.43% in South East Asia. Just over a third was interested in the Middle East.
by Dhaneshwar Damry
Author: Bernd Hanstein, Vice President Product Management IT at Rittal
The cloud’s on a race to zero. With the cost of data storage plummeting and hot competition between big name providers, prices are being cut to the bone to attract new customers. Major players are also aggressively improving reach and quality of service by rolling out new regional data centres around the globe.
by Michael Tobin
In 2014 when I left Telecity my first thought was to focus on the data industry in Africa, a place where the investment market was less competitive, but where the opportunities for development were boundless and growing. We finally made an acquisition that had the potential and ability to grow substantially.
by Suneel Sajnani, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Technology
New York-based Hearst Corporation is one of the largest diversified communications company in the world with major interests in newspapers, magazines, and television shows. The company began migrating 10 of its 29 global data centers to AWS to reduce its IT infrastructure footprint. Hearst Corporation has now migrated its websites, data warehouse, and backup solution to AWS while enabling its organization to go to market quicker in a fast-paced industry.
As the so-called ‘sharing economy’ gathers pace around the world, it seems there’s no industry Silicon Valley can’t disrupt. From Uber and established taxi companies, to AirBnB and well-known hoteliers, traditional businesses are finding themselves outmanoeuvred and undercut by digital revolutionaries harnessing the power of peer-to-peer connections.
Smart cities have been a seductive mirage on the horizon for some time, but they’re finally solidifying into tangible reality. With annual investment poised to hit US$16 billion by 2020, a host of global technology firms are now laying the foundations for new, hyper-connected urban environments as they chase a burgeoning market worth US$1.5 trillion.
Todd Kiehn, Vice President, Product Management and Modular Infrastructure Solutions, Active Power
How to avoid vendors’ smoke and mirrors when calculating TCO for UPS.
All operators of mission critical facilities want to be smart with their money, but with every vendor claiming their product is the best long-term investment, making the right purchasing decision can be tricky.
by Claudio Scola
Society has moved beyond smoke signals and carrier pigeons, but given the ever-changing demands on your business, your network may still be in need of some modernization. Businesses are rapidly moving to the cloud and getting the right blend of public and private cloud is critical in supporting the future demands of IT. The data center has evolved into various ‘as a Service’ (XaaS) models and the network is following suit. If you’re considering or already using a CSP (Cloud Service Provider) or even just SaaS based applications, your network needs to evolve. How?
For companies searching for a smart and profitable data center location, there’s never been a better time to look North, writes Sari Ojala from Invest in Finland.
Finland already hosts data centers for Google, Microsoft, Yandex and TelecityGroup, and it has been a source of pride to become a trusted location for these IT giants as well as many other companies. But it’s always nice to be able to say that we can still do things even better.
Solar energy has so far represented only a small part of the energy required for data centers. Few electricity suppliers generate sufficient power using this resource and in some areas of the world it may not be an option at all. However some possible opportunities may exist in Europe/North Africa:
Spain’s southern province of Andalucia has a density of cable landing stations, and is also the site of one of the largest solar power plants globally.
Analysis From Steve Wallage, MD, BroadGroup Consulting
M&A hotting up in data centre space
Author: Maarten van Vliet
The data centre sector has become part of the economic and social backbone of the Netherlands. The sector and political world have designated data centres the country's third 'main port', alongside the Rotterdam port and Amsterdam airport Schiphol. In a European context, the Netherlands is outperforming when it comes to data centre infrastructure, and further growth is expected in the coming years.