A recent statement by Energy Secretary Chris Huhne to Parliament may drive data centres away from UK shores, according to Alex Rabbetts, Managing Director of data centre firm Migration Solutions. The statement included a "pricing prejudice" against business, Rabbetts has claimed. To reduce carbon emissions, energy bills are expected to increase 1% domestically, but may increase by as much as 43% for businesses.
"This pricing difference between business and home users will definitely make data centre companies think about moving off-shore to more attractive energy locations, like France or Germany," he said.
DediPower opens third UK data centre
Hosting provider DediPower has opened its third UK data centre. Based in Reading, the 11,000 square-foot, tier 3 facility can house an additional 200 racks at 6 kilowatts each, according to the company.
TelecityGroup acquires IFL
Service provider TelecityGroup has acquired data centre operator Internet Facilitators Limited (IFL). Based in Manchester, the carrier neutral company was snapped up for £21.1 million. The facility will add 1,600 square metres (1.4 megawatts) of capacity to Telecity Group's existing estate.
VMware has debuted SpringSource Hyperic 4.4 for managing and monitoring custom applications. Integrated with VMware vCenter Server, the product is designed to continually update inventory of VMware vSphere ESXi and ESX hosts.
IBM boosts procedures due to Singapore bank disaster
IBM has beefed up internal procedures to prevent the reoccurrence of the Monetary Authority of Singapore fiasco. The bank experienced seven hours of downtime last month. Big Blue claims to have enhanced training of all related personal and has brought in experts from its global team to create a "root cause" incident report to identify what further actions need to be taken.
Southeast Asia's largest bank, DBS Group Holdings Ltd, known as the Monetary Authority, has also been ordered to set aside and estimated 230 million Singapore dollars of regulatory capital to cover the operating risks, and has been told to stop relying on a sole provider for its IT services. IBM has also disciplined and removed, from direct customer support, activity staff directly involved with the incident.
Kayleigh Bateman is the Site Editor of SearchVirtualDataCentre.co.UK.