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Security and space demand drive datacentre outsourcing

Karl Flinders

UK business are more likely to outsource datacentres services than their European counterparts, with half already doing it according to research from telco COLT.

About 70% of UK IT directors said power, security and space challenges were reasons for doing this, with the difficulty of managing environmental impact another key driver.

Geoffry Gilton, head of products for COLT Managed Services, said environmental considerations are rising up the IT agenda. "We are finding that businesses are increasingly interested in reducing their carbon footprint when looking for a third-party datacentre provider. Cooling, in particular, can account for up to 60% of the energy costs of a datacentre," he said.

The survey was carried out by, Coleman Parkes, which questioned 400 IT directors in businesses with more than 500 employees in 13 European countries.

Seventy six per cent of those interviewed in the UK also said that they expect a secondary datacentre to become a standard requirement for business continuity.





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