DCN December 2016 - Page 31

2017 predictions in particular our data centres. It’s no secret that they are energy intensive; indeed they alone are estimated to use approximately two per cent of the electricity supply in the UK. As the demand for data centre space continues to increase thanks to massive rates of data growth, it is essential that they become more resourceful to ensure energy usage doesn’t rise too drastically, cost customers more, increase the burden on the national grid, and ultimately the planet. Historically the main focus of making data centres more ‘green’ has been around altering the cooling systems (air conditioning) in legacy facilities as these have represented 30-60 per cent of the non-IT (server equipment) energy usage. Combined with this, there are other smaller, more surprising technology advancements such as ‘eco mode’ UPS systems and energy efficient lighting that data centre operators should take advantage of. As data centres have such a long lifespan and their power utilisation is so constant, small changes can have a significant impact on their sustainability. Jacco van Achterberg EMEA sales director Cloudian Jon Lucas Director Hyve Managed Hosting In the next year we are going to see a rebalancing of spend from traditional security solutions to data protection and recovery. Whilst security spend protects the perimeter fence, there are simply too many cases of breaches getting past these defences to not have a plan B in place. A hacker only needs to be right once to gain access, whereas the company has to be secure 100 per cent of the time. CIOs and CEOs are starting to recognise that millions of dollars in IT security investments, while critically important, are just not enough when a disaster such as a hack or ransomware breaks through the perimeter or a natural disaster like a hurricane floods their data centre. In the wake of a disaster, companies quickly come to the realisation that without the right investments in a disaster recovery solution, their businesses are exposed. To be proactive, companies need a plan and tools in place to recover from any disaster very quickly with as little revenue and end user impact as possible. Even if an organisation has implemented the best preventative security technology, disasters can and do still happen.’ 2016’s major broadband, web hosting and data centre outages have revealed how vulnerable UK businesses are to service interruptions, and how powerless they can be to recover quickly when they do happen. Unfortunately, there is little to suggest that 2017 will be a more reliable year on the part of the leading service providers. In the case of DDoS attacks, ISPs, hosts and data centres (and their customers) will remain vulnerable. A good outcome next year will be a more robust, proactive effort on the part of these ‘front line’ organisations to mitigate the impact of large scale attacks. Confidence needs to be rebuilt and businesses need to see evidence that more effective action is being taken. When service outages occur in 2017, businesses should think about how to ensure they overcome a similar situation in the future. Protection against this sort of service failure should figure more actively in their technology strategy and they should look at providers that can guarantee to help them achieve that goal. Last year we predicted that Amazon S3 would become the de-facto standard for cloud storage. The rise of S3 has helped drive the adoption of cost effective object storage. Now, object storage is not just a niche market; people are using it in everyday life without realising, be it through social media, Netflix and many other outlets that rely on the service. S3 has turned object storage into an industry movement. Looking ahead into 2017, we are predicting a bigger migration of data to cloud environments with a focus on the deployment of hybrid public/ private cloud solutions. With more companies looking to deploy a cloud storage solution, the protection and control over sensitive data will be a further driving force toward hybrid solutions. Paul Zeiter President Zerto 31