Big Data, and its promise as the next great trend in IT and key strategic asset of the future, is being covered by all. You can’t escape the windfall of corporate news, media exposure and of course, blog commentary on the topic. So, I figured it was about time to discuss Big Data here as it relates to the data center and data center operators.
Blogs, social media networks, machine sensors and location-based tools are generating a whole new universe of unstructured data that must be stored, captured, analyzed and processed. This coupled with the large amounts of structured data from cloud and mobile computing has given rise to the era of Big Data – or, the idea that datasets grow so large they become awkward to work with using traditional database management tools. The market demand for new tools, processes and procedures that enable organization to create, manipulate, and manage very large data sets and storage facilities is so great, IDC predicts the Big Data technology and services market to reach $16.9 billion by 2015. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 40% or about seven times that of the overall information and communications technology (ICT) market according to IDC.
To take advantage of the data-driven discovery and decision-making that comes with the promise of real-time predictive intelligence, IT leaders must begin prepping themselves and their organizations now to support Big Data. IT managers must be prepared for changes to both server and storage architectures that are extensible and scalable. Once siloed, disparate systems for payroll, customer management, marketing etc., are coming together to create a system of systems and the necessity for more storage and abundant, uninterrupted power has never been so great.
State-of-the-art data center facilities like NGD Europe, are well equipped to handle the demands of Big Data and its precursor technologies including virtualization, supercomputing and cloud-based computing. The built-to-suit, Tier 3 facility has a private distribution network providing up to 180 MVA on tap, sourced directly from its own on-site substation that connects directly to the national grid. This provides the data center with full control over its entire power supply ensuring a clean, stable and maintainable power infrastructure that’s sourced entirely from renewable energy sources. and a variety of on-site high-speed, low latency carrier interconnects.
Oracle’s research report, The Next Generation Data Center Index Cycle II, found global businesses have been caught off-guard by the recent explosion in data volumes and are looking to buy external data center capacity to cope. Between 2010 and 2011 the report found there was a rise from 40 to 60 percent in the number of businesses using external data centers and citing Big Data as the biggest IT challenge facing businesses over the next two years.
For those global organizations looking for a data center partner that offers highly secure and cost-effective space, housing up to 19,000 racks that can be arranged into self-contained data halls of various sizes – all with independent services, resilient power and cooling systems – look no further. NGD’s environmentally friendly, high-performance technology infrastructure and abundant power supply supports Big Data at big cost savings compared to its London-area counterparts. Plus, the added safety and security bonuses a rural data center facility provides, while still being in proximity of an international hub with major airports only a two-hour drive away.