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Dealing with Data: A Discussion with Provision’s David Tordoff

David-Tordoff-1-240x300Provision Data Services opened its first data center in February 2017 in downtown Dallas. Connect Media caught up with David Tordoff, Provision’s COO, to ask him about data center trends, and the company’s plans for Texas.

Q. How have data centers (the structure and their uses) changed over the past 10-15 years? What has prompted these changes?

A. The data center landscape has changed dramatically in the past decade, as business requirements have changed and the role of the data center provider has transformed. Although data flow is at the heart of a data center, supporting IT equipment infrastructure makes it all possible. Because infrastructure incurs costs in dollars, floor space, maintenance and other key components, keeping data center operations up-to-date is important for efficient operation.

Data centers permit an end-user client to utilize shared resources across multiple tenants. Energy is expensive and data centers are adept at delivering it efficiently to meet the high demand. Reliability is crucial and data centers now provide multi-source capabilities typically cost prohibitive to a stand-alone end-user.

Today, the physical buildings still stand, physical servers need to be managed, and resources must be controlled. Below are a few of the 2017 data center, hosting and managed services trends:

  • Services will increase for end-users adopting hybrid IT and cloud environments. Enterprises are continuing along their outsourcing journey, but not all workloads will go to the cloud for at least the next several years. There is growing demand for managed services to help determine balancing workloads and what services should go where, to migrate to those solutions and manage the infrastructure as needed. The demand for multi-tenant data centers (MTDCs) and hosting will continue for both third party cloud providers and enterprises, with larger data centers providing their own cloud offerings as well.
  • New kinds of products and technology will lead to new service offerings. Technology innovation in data center design, server virtualization and application deployment will further MTDC, hosting and cloud providers to offer new kinds of managed services and hybrid IT solutions to customers looking to get to market quickly and efficiently with new offerings.
  • Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) will continue, as providers seek to gain scale, leverage and skill intensive offerings. The number of M&A deals in this sector is higher this year than in any year before 2008.
  • The cloud’s ‘on-demand’ approach will expand to networking and colocation. This leads into large service providers that can absorb some fluctuations in usage; providers with newer, more modular equipment and designs, and those that have dynamic electrical feeds from different utilities and substations. Customers are getting to the cloud mentality: paying for what they use and accessing IT resources on demand. Providers that are able to offer a similar, by-the-drink approach for data center space and connectivity will have strong appeal for customers with variable workloads or unpredictable IT needs.
  • Mobility and data growth will boost demand for datacenters at the network edge. Certain types of customers still want data center space close by, along with relatively high-touch local service. This, along with the boost in demand for data center space at the ‘edge’ of the internet – markets outside the top 20 globally – means there will be a strong growth for relatively small, local data centers.

Read the full article by Connect, here.