As we enter the third month of 2012, we can but hope that this should be the
year that the UK Government finally realises that its Carbon Reduction
Commitment Scheme is bad for business.
Introduced under the banner of helping UK industry to become more energy
efficient it seems to want to do nothing but penalise growth.
Our raison d’etre as the owner and operator of five UK data centres is to
help businesses and organisations throughout the private and public sector to
consolidate their IT infrastructures. By moving their servers off their
premises into data centres like ours, which are efficiently run to maximise
computer usage in environmentally-controlled settings, we are driving
MPs seem to think that because we use a lot of energy that we waste it. We
don’t. In fact energy stewardship is critical to our business success. Our
customers have... (more)
The world's data centers collectively are said to be producing more carbon
emissions than consumers within many countries (Italy, The Netherlands and
Argentina are some of the more headline-grabbing examples that have been
cited of late). "The whole industry must be more efficient" is an all too
common battle cry, in reaction to that. But does that really wash - or is it
just more greenwash?
As the need for computing technology grows, we are seeing more and more
organizations considering building in house data centres, which will lead to
a huge overall increase in carbon emissio... (more)
Firstly, and rather belatedly, a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year
to you - hopefully your festive break was enjoyable and are now suitably
refreshed and ready to face the challenges and opportunities that will arise
It's traditional (and never let it be said that were suffer from originality)
at this time of year to dust down the crystal ball, gaze longingly into one's
naval and predict what topics will dominate the news over the next 12 months.
After much deliberation we are pleased to bring you our totally chartastic
1. Cloud Computing
Two news items have caught the attention this week, and both brought the John
Lennon and Paul McCartney penned Beatles classic “The Fool on the Hill”
to mind (more specifically the line “Well on his way, his head in a
One piece compares data centers with rock stars and the second, globally
reported, contained President Obama’s $3.8 trillion 2011 budget blueprint
designed to pull the US economy’s deficit out of the danger zone.
Although the headlines might appear unrelated, the actual content of both
pieces reveal two sides of the same coin. The coin being Cloud computing... (more)
For the past 18 months the hype has suggested that Cloud Computing will be
the next game changer. But will it? Or are we simply witnessing the next
major land grab by a few technology giants on a perceived new market segment?
A plethora of recent surveys has shown that whilst organisations are
generally aware of the cloud, they are reticent to dive in and procure
services. For every survey that suggests that a CIO is considering Cloud
Computing as a priority for his or her organisation you will find another
survey stating that business leaders haven’t a clue as to its meaning or ... (more)