Steve Davis explains why data centre location requires careful consideration as it can have repercussions on Hybrid Cloud performance and cost
NGD’s vast out of town data centre located in south Wales has earned a reputation for being ‘the home of the Cloud’ for global service provider organisations requiring secure and scalable facilities for hosting their Public, Private, and most recently, Hybrid Cloud solutions. We are also increasingly popular with smaller fast growing providers keen to make their mark and gain market penetration.
Companies are realising that they need many different types of Cloud services in order to meet a growing list of customer needs. For the best of both worlds, Hybrid Cloud offers a Private Cloud combined with the use of Public Cloud services which together create a unified, automated, and well-managed computing environment.
With Hybrid in mind, developers need to be aware that moving large amounts of data between Private and Public Cloud will cause latency and sometimes their delivery models will need to be redesigned purely to get over this problem.
We also help IT directors gain experience of emerging Cloud technologies and understand the ecosystem by working with them to build initially small scale implementations of Cloud infrastructures. These initiatives are helping create the knowledge and confidence necessary our customers need to scale up and take their Cloud solutions to a whole new level.
It’s remarkable that only a few years ago imagining a UK out of town data centre such as NGD playing a pivotal role in the delivery of Cloud Computing would have been unthinkable. After all, for reasons of latency and the high cost of fibre networks, all major data centres just had to be within a few miles of central London, clustered round the telecom exchanges.
However, there’s been a revolution in the past decade or so spurred on by the rapidly declining cost of fibre connectivity that now is less than £5 per kilometre for 1600 Gb/s, and a typical 2 Mb/s circuit between London and Wales now costs under £2.50 per year compared to the £40,0000 of 15 years ago! It was this which led to a few forward thinking data centre operators, NGD being the first, to realise the many advantages of establishing large purpose-built facilities outside of London and the M25 area.
Apart from sheer cost savings with real estate at least half the price of London, NGD’s south Wales semi-rural location is naturally far more secure by being well away from motorways, flight paths and flood plains. It also has an abundant resilient 180 MW power supply capable of supporting the kind of high density racks necessary for supporting the most demanding Cloud environments.
Combine these advantages with the space to grow and multiple diverse high speed carrier and ISP connectivity options – including non-London and transatlantic transit - NGD has the critical economies of scale, security, technical and communications infrastructure necessary for supporting all Cloud requirements, including the new Hybrid era.
Hybrid Cloud and the Data Centre
- Check your data centre can adequately address how to connect Public and Private Clouds. There is not only the concern of location on latency but the cost of connectivity which needs to be factored into the business plan
- The closer the environments can be positioned the better – it will reduce latency, connectivity costs and complexity
- Consider the security of the connections and how they are routed. If the links between the two Clouds were impacted then how might this affect your organisation?
- Using a single facility to host both Public and Private Cloud infrastructure will allow the sharing of backup solutions. This will reduce latency, connectivity costs and provide a far higher level of control for the end user
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