Reading all the latest tech news, you would think the last of major corporate datacenter dinosaurs have died, leaving AWS, Azure, and Google to roam the Earth as the planet’s only compute-providers species. That cannot be further from the truth. There are good reasons for organizations to run their own datacenters, be it for privacy, competitive gain, regulation, or any number of other reasons.
There are traditional costs related to maintaining datacenters such as property management, physical security, redundancy, and hardware costs — and there is a much bigger issue to deal with, and that is heat. Computers process a lot of information and that processing results in chips that can heat up. And heat up they do. That is why you hear about Microsoft lowering server farms into the ocean or Amazon building solar farms.
Further, datacenters must have a location close to where people access their data. While the idea of burying your servers deep in the Arctic tundra sounds like a great cost-cutting measure, it will not provide the responsiveness users require.
In today’s T-Suite Podcast, I speak with Phill Lawson-Shanks, CIO of Aligned Energy. Phill talks about how organizations can maintain control of what is contained within their datacenter while reducing the cost of managing the facilities and reap big carbon reduction rewards using their technology.
Special thanks to Jennifer Handshew of 180 Marketing Communications for introducing me to Phill.