Editorial: The Big Story
On the other hand, features in this issue about NetRiver’s new data center and by Digital Realty’s Chris Collins about controlling data center costs suggest that many IT departments will take a different approach: outsourcing. The constant announcements of new data centers from colo and managed service outfits suggest that new construction continues in this arena. See our news section (p. 54) for a series of such announcements plus a information about a CommScope study that support this view.
The pace of new announcements from these sectors suggests that the economic slowdown never did reach the data center world. Sales figures about blade servers suggest continued resilience. At the very least, these sales figures and most other research I have seen suggest that data center owners continue to invest in IT and infrastructure, including data centers.
Perhaps it is a sign of the times. After all, the way to save money in a tough economy is to become more efficient. Taking on significant new lines of business requires more investment. Meeting government mandates means building more secure infrastructure. Downsizing, even if just to calculate savings, requires compute power.
If you doubt this, continue that lack of compute power led to problems within the recently concluded “Cash for Clunkers” program. Nationwide, auto dealers complained about downtime on websites built to expedite transactions within this program. Deals could not easily be entered into the system, and payments not easily disbursed.
The program is closed as of now, but I suspect that a hastily built IT operation contributed mightily to program snafus.
Either way, data center investment will have to continue, even as industry continues to experiment with IT models; these systems are just so central to our current and future worlds to be allowed to stagnate.