Si.mobil is moving its “core”
Si.mobil who is currently establishing a new core location for telecommunication and IT equipment also decided to rent the data centre in the secure premises of the Mikrocop Business Facility. The company decided to hire Mikrocop, because their facilities meet the high security standards and requirements for the establishment of data centres.
“Currently, there are not many premises that would meet our requirements on the market. In addition, the centre is located in the vicinity of the Si.mobil headquarters, which is an important advantage that allows our professionals to access the equipment on a daily basis,” explained Si.mobil.
In the next five years, the entire “core” of the Si.mobil network will be relocated to a new location that will in addition to strict security standards also take the environmental aspect into consideration. Si.mobil’s well-established environmental management system can from now on pride itself with the most efficient cooling method, the air conditioning with the “free cooling” technique. This is a more energy efficient technology that will consume less power that existing technologies.
Data Centres – To Rent or to Build?
Before the era of economic stagnation the decision regarding the rental or construction of their own data centre most often leaned in favour of construction, particularly because most companies had investment funds at their disposal and because no highly specialized providers of suitable solutions for demanding users were available on the market.
“In recent years this trend has undergone dramatic changes, not only due to the poor economic situation, but also because the rental of a data centres from a trustworthy provider became a more secure and more economical decision,” explains David Habot, Assistant Director for Strategic Development at Mikrocop.
There are many reasons that favor rental. Current practice shows that organizations are experiencing difficulties when it comes to evaluating their needs within the next decade, which is also the average life cycle of a data centre. The time needed to build a data centre is 12 to 18 months; in addition to the need to have specialized knowledge of such a technology.
The costs of constructing a data centre can amount to thousands of euros per square meter; whereas, the costs of rental include both lower utility and management costs. In addition, the monthly costs of data centre rental are consistent, foreseen and are based on actual needs and consumption.
One of the most important factors in deciding in favor of construction or rental of the data centre is its location. Companies usually want the data centre to be located in close vicinity; and according to international research, most decision makers (IT directors) are willing to decide in favor of rental if the data centre is located within a 50km radius from the company’s headquarters.
Both business models, the construction or rental of the data centre, are connected with a certain amount of risk. The construction of a business centre is particularly connected with investment-related risks.
However, the rental of data centre capacities also bears certain risks, together with fear of losing control over the data centre elements. “Some organizations and companies will not accept such risk, particularly due to their organizational culture. However, the spread of cloud computing services changes the boundaries among organizations. If only recently it was believed that internal IT cannot be outsourced to an external provider, this has nowadays become a standard practice.
It is particularly important to select a competent and trustworthy provider and establish a transparent relationship defined with a Service Level Agreement (SLA),” explains Habot.
The article was published in Delo, P&D, Svet IKT, 11 March 2013