Where are Micro Data Centres needed in IT infrastructure?

CIOs and CTOs have several strong options for how to manage their organisational IT infrastructure. The three main solution types are Public Cloud– services like Google drive and Microsoft Azure, Private Cloud where hardware is kept on site or at a shared co-location facility nearby or a Hybrid Cloud using a combination of the two.

Public cloud solutions are offered by some very large brands, but CIOs must balance the risk of damage caused to their organization by erratic connectivity and unreliable uptime, together with the risk of global security issue.

Private Clouds with a mix of commercial co-location and local equipment are common choices for a medium sized company who needs to retain ownership of the hardware that is part of their network, but don’t have a dedicated server room for housing all of their equipment, or they may want to reduce their risk of failure in case of a single point of failure in the network. This option introduces a security risk at the colocation space, as many providers of these services do not maintain a fully secure environment for each of their clients, with examples such as shared rack keys, open ports on servers and a complete lack of climate control or protection against water or fire, together with the need to maintain a secure, controlled environment for equipment in their own office.

Hybrid Clouds, with a combination of critical equipment and information being kept on site and remote backup and storage in the public cloud for non-critical data is a solution which many analysts are promoting as an optimal mix of security, ownership and uptime. Articles from Gartner and IDCt:

Housing equipment in their own offices in either a Private or Hybrid cloud solution presents challenges for any organisation. Server rooms are inflexible and expensive to both build and maintain with high-energy consumption – up to 50% of office expenditure can be attributed to the server room energy consumption (EPA Report, 2007). Housing servers, switches and IT equipment in a store room is cheaper but is both insecure and the heat generated by the equipment may lead to equipment failure (or at least reduced
longevity), down time or increased cost for replacement. 

Micro Data Centres give a complete infrastructure solution that matches the security and facilities of a server room but on a much smaller scale. They are relatively mobile, flexible and can grow with the company, vastly reduce energy consumption and costs 30-60% less to run than a server room. Zellabox have been selling MDCs globally for 8 years, are recognised as a market leader and product specialist.

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