DCN April 2016 - Page 6

industry news CIF research highlights vulnerability concerns over DR and back up applications New research from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has revealed a distinct lack of confidence in disaster recovery (DR) and back up capabilities. The survey asked participants to identify which applications represented the biggest risk to their business in the event of failure. DR and data back up services were ranked the highest priority amongst those surveyed. But according to Peter Groucutt, managing director of Databarracks, this concern is caused by a lack of rigorous DR testing in the UK, which is leaving a significant proportion of plans unfit for purpose. Groucott said, ‘The CIF research gives an interesting insight into attitudes towards disaster recovery. While it is encouraging to see organisations embracing the business value that DR brings, it does also suggest that concerns over the risk and vulnerability of a plan could be fuelled by a simple lack of confidence in their ability to execute it.’ Alex Hilton, CEO of CIF, commented, ‘Cloud has moved from the edge of the IT estate to its centre, and it is now largely regarded as just another way that we do IT. The latest CIF research shows that 51 per cent of organisations are using cloud based back up or DR, this is often viewed as a logical first step into cloud services. Central to the success of cloud lies in the ability to keep the data stored in it safe and secure. A data back up and DR plan is critical but confidence is key in order for it to be effective and this can only be achieved through regular testing.’ 6 DatacenterDynamics relocates to new venue at London’s Old Billingsgate DatacenterDynamics has announced its Europe event is to take place on 1st-2nd November in London’s Old Billingsgate Market. Themed ‘Zettastructure’, this year’s conference programme will address the stresses and challenges upon data centre management created by the disaggregation of infrastructure as we enter the zettabyte era. George Rockett, CEO, DatacenterDynamics, said, ‘In relocating this year’s event to the heart of London City, we want to reconnect with an established reputation for thought leadership and knowledge sharing. As a leading colocation destination, London is not only a global leader for data centre engineering and operational know-how, it is also one of the first cities to feel the impact of Zettabyte requirements. Its data centre community therefore have first-hand experiences to share and discuss.’ Situated on the bank of the River Thames at London Bridge, Old Billingsgate creates the opportunity for the event activities to continue throughout the two days of the conference. The venue will play host to both the conference halls and a 40,000ft2 expo including the most innovative technology solutions providers in the digital infrastructure market. DATA CENTRES IDEALLY PLACED TO SUPPORT VIRTUAL BECOMING A REALITY, SAYS AEGIS DATA The data centre industry has the potential to be the biggest benefactor from the rise in virtual reality (VR), representing a significant driver for business growth, according to Greg McCulloch, CEO of Aegis Data. But to achieve this potential, hosts will need to have confidence that their infrastructure is able to support the highest levels of connectivity, storage and qualities of service these new, immersive experiences are going to require. Virtual reality has very much been one of the hot topics of 2016. In light of ever growing demands from consumers for richer audio-visual experiences, combined with increased competition from big industry players keen to capture a market very much in its infancy, research predicts that VR will reach US$6.7bn in 2016 and potentially US$70bn by 2020. Greg McCulloch said, ‘Initially, it will be the gaming market to benefit most from the rise in VR but we expect this to rapidly progress to other industries such as entertainment, healthcare, military services, machinery, manufacturing and aerospace, as well as a host of others. For the data centre industry, VR’s emergence represents a huge business growth opportunity and in order to capture this it’s imperative that the necessary infrastructure is in place to support this flourishing marketing.’