A facility used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems.

A skills shortage is still rampant in the tech industry. Datacentres are no exception. At the Datacloud Europe Congress in Monaco it was claimed that operators will continue to struggle to plug talent gap if they focus on finding candidates with years of experience. Instead, aptitude for the type of work should be assessed.

Climate change is on the radar. Since David Attenborough’s climate change documentary, I have been more conscious as to how to reduce my carbon footprint. This rise in climate change activism means consumers are less likely to support companies which do not operate in a sustainable way.

Software developers are building new cloud-based software with such ease that there are warnings of future headaches for IT teams responsible for infrastructure and operations. A recent Gartner study found that by 2025, 70% of IT infrastructure teams will be unable to support the business. Only ¼ of IT Infrastructure leaders would have teams with the right skills and working practices to support the requirements for IT operations.

It is no surprise that the UK has tough times ahead. However, data centre giants Equinix, Digital Realty and Next Generation Data have announced their plan to expand their data centre footprint in the UK. Why have they actively chosen to continue investing in the UK? Will this help the UK economy? What will this impact be post-Brexit? These are just a few of the questions I had upon reading this news.

A dedicated and reliable connection for business critical applications 24/7. Symmetrical, scalable, secure and with a minimum 99.9% SLA (Service Level Agreement). Future proof your investment with Gigabit capacity, protect your investment with a backup resilient connection.

For business owners, our business internet connection, such as a Fibre Ethernet leased line, is a business critical  service they rely upon constantly. Unreliable service, intermittent speeds and availability issues can leave you tearing your hair out in frustration. To help you find a business internet provider you can trust, we’ll share our experience of countless customer installations.

Most businesses will hold data in a data centre. In our Beyond the Cloud Research 2018 we found that 74.7% of respondents hosted cloud services in the UK. We expect our data will be stored in an modern data centre. However, there have been reports that operators are not taking disaster recovery precautions to protect their sites from extreme weather events.