It is crucial for businesses to understand the current datacentre landscape as the world goes through a Cloud computing boom, according to Macquarie Telecom managing director of hosting, Aidan Tudehope.
He was commenting on the release of a new whitepaper, Not all datacentres are equal – understanding global best practices of the datacentres that power the Cloud, authored by Frost & Sullivan.
The paper discusses the implications and considerations of the impact of virtualisation and Cloud computing on existing datacentres.
It finds that Australian datacentres are ill equipped to handle the shift to high-density computing environments.
Tudehope said CIOs, business executives and datacentre managers face tough decisions on where to host their computing infrastructure and data and which facilities to use and whether to build or buy.
“It is one thing to build a datacentre facility, but it is another thing to run it. It is important for decision makers to review a providers‘ track record, experience, process and accreditation, in addition to having a facilitiy that fullfills their requirements,“ Tudehope said.
Other issues that the whitepaper discusses include:
- Virtualisation and the emergence of the Cloud computing model having the greatest impact on the transformation of datacentres
- The equality and availability of datacentres and the importance of its uptime statistics
- Adherence to global best practices such as the ITIL framework and energy efficiency standards
Earlier this year, Macquarie Telecom also announced the deployment of its $60 million datacentre in North Ryde, Intellicentre 2, which will open in early 2012.
The datacentre is being built to global best practice, with a particular focus on the energy efficiency and carbon footprint of the facility.