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Whats Driving Colocation Industry

Posted by Paul Hone | 4 Apr 2014, 11:25 AM

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In 2012, the colocation industry projected a 30% increase over the next five years. And why not? The industry has several things on its side – the growth of cloud, the increasing digitalisation of almost everything, the ever-decreasing cost of bandwidth, the drive to outsourcing, the need for low latency communications with guaranteed packet transit times, and the green agenda which favours specialised operators over in-house data centres to mention just a few points.

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Networked World means Data Centres

Posted by Paul Hone | 6 Feb 2014, 10:49 AM

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The world of work, play and living is changing. The economic models we have all dealt with for many years are based on ideas that relate to enterprise manufacturing and do not fit the interconnected digital work. The networked society gives us the strange idea of billion dollar corporations that own nothing – just our trust in them and our willingness to give them our information which they can then process, repackage and resell to increase the wealth of their shareholders. Facebook and Google are two of the most obvious examples.

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Winter is coming – is your data centre ready?

Posted by Paul Hone | 9 Dec 2013, 18:18 PM

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Winter presents data centre managers with a number of possible weather related challenges that require some planning to ensure uptime. Most of these issues are very minor but even the smallest thing can have a cascade effect. Paul Hone, Redcentric’s Data Centre Manager looks at some of the issues that can be caused by a sudden change in the weather.

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London vs Rest Country

Posted by Paul Hone | 23 Nov 2013, 10:29 AM

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Data centre colocation plays a significant role when it comes to housing today’s IT operations. For many businesses, it’s an attractive alternative to investing in building and maintaining a sizable space – to house and operate power hungry servers, telecoms and network equipment. The notion of operating this equipment offsite brings with it many benefits, but the decision is not as clear cut as that. There are a number of considerations to take into account when looking at data centre outsourcing, and one of the most deliberated is the issue of location.

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Data centre design and the introduction of ‘unreliability’

Posted by Paul Hone | 13 Nov 2013, 00:00 AM

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As more and more redundancy is added to a data centre complexity increases and you’re adding more points of possible failure. Mike Christian of Yahoo! made a wonderful point when he said, “Something as simple as a border router failure can effectively knock an entire building of compute offline, regardless of how many generators it has”. There’s no doubt a Tier 4 data centre has many level of redundancy, but does that really make any difference when faced with catastrophic failure?

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Keep Data Cool City

Posted by Paul Hone | 9 Nov 2013, 10:19 AM

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It goes without saying that most businesses are totally dependent on their IT systems, and these systems in turn are entirely dependent on the physical environment in which they operate. That environment involves two essential basic elements – reliable power supplies and a constant temperature.

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More Level 3 woes

Posted by Paul Hone | 4 Oct 2013, 12:43 PM

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Amidst a second outage at Level 3′s Goswell Road data centre, Paul Hone – Redcentric’s Data Centre Manager – sheds light on the damaging effect two UPS failures in six months can have on business continuity. As well as discussing the potential reasons for such an incident, Paul offers tips on how to choose a data centre which avoids these pitfalls.

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Performance Testing our backup generators

Posted by Paul Hone | 17 Jul 2013, 11:00 AM

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Redcentric is committed to operational excellence and to ensuring that the exceptionally high levels of availability we offer are continuously maintained – and one key area where we focus is regularly testing our backup power generation.

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Data centre drivers – location, location, location?

Posted by Paul Hone | 10 Jul 2013, 14:06 PM

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Data centres are being built all of the time, but what affects their location? Paul Hone uses the expertise he gained project managing our Reading data centre’s construction to unpick the motives behind data centre geography. From power availability to transport links, a number of factors must be considered when building a next-generation data centre.

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PUE – what does it mean for you?

Posted by Paul Hone | 6 Jun 2013, 14:30 PM

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Paul Hone, Data Centre Manager at Redcentric, sheds light on Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) ratings. Discussing how they’re calculated, as well as how they can be improved, Paul also highlights key questions for CIOs to use in order to avoid falling for heavily-manipulated ratings.

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Could you run your data centre on a mobile phone?

Posted by Paul Hone | 22 May 2013, 14:34 PM

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Paul Hone, Data Centre Manager at Redcentric, reflects on the use of legacy technology within data centres, in comparison to our national, yearly-upgraded mobile phone habit. Taking the core technology behind the iPhone 5 as an example, Paul poses the question, ‘could you run your data centre on a mobile phone?’

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What data centres can learn from the airline industry

Posted by Paul Hone | 19 Apr 2013, 15:20 PM

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Redcentric’s Data Centre Manager, Paul Hone, reflects on the airline industry’s key players, and what data centres can learn from their approach. Discussing an ever-increasing need for efficiency and the stripping back of unnecessary add-ons to reduce excessive costs, Paul offers insight into the day-to-day priorities of a Tier 3 data centre.

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Hotmail downtime and the need for judicious failover testing

Posted by Paul Hone | 15 Apr 2013, 15:24 PM

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With the cause of the Hotmail meltdown having now been revealed, Paul Hone – Data Centre Manager at Redcentric, reflects on what we can learn. Despite the temperature rise being pinpointed as the cause for concern, Paul also explains the importance of regular failover testing, on full load, to prevent total outages.

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Measurement Control and Efficiency in the Data Centre

Posted by Paul Hone | 5 Apr 2013, 10:42 AM

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To control something, you must first be able to measure it. This is one of the most basic principles of engineering. Once there is measurement, there can be feedback. Feedback creates a virtuous loop in which the output changes to better track the changing input demand.

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Bank holiday and business continuity

Posted by Paul Hone | 28 Mar 2013, 15:40 PM

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Paul Hone, Data Centre Manager at Redcentric, discusses the importance of business continuity in the face of an extended bank holiday. Relaying his own experience of on-site disaster, Paul offers all savvy data centres his top tips for ensuring that the bank holiday weekend remains problem-free.

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Level 3 data centre Goswell Road – more interruptions

Posted by Paul Hone | 18 Mar 2013, 15:53 PM

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Last week, Level 3 Data Centre in London suffered yet another power outage, this time due to a failure on the UPS system that took out customer servers which were relying on the power supply. Paul Hone, Data Centre Manager, discusses Redcentric’s move from this facility into its own state-of-the-art Reading data centre, also offering efficiency and power advice to those looking for a data centre with true power resilience.

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IT efficiency – why its more important than ever

Posted by Paul Hone | 12 Mar 2013, 15:57 PM

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A recent study on BIO Intelligence has highlighted what we’ve know for some time: the IT industry needs to improve its efficiency. The report estimates, even with the many improvements available between now and 2020, that the IT sector will still be responsible for 4% of the planet’s greenhouse gas output. Without significant consideration for the way we consume energy, and the waste we subsequently release, the impact of emissions will be significant, and this calls for immediate action.

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Data centre cooling: cold aisle containment explained

Posted by Paul Hone | 28 Feb 2013, 16:14 PM

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To the untrained eye, data centre racks are simply aligned in a logical, orderly fashion. As a Data Centre Manager, I can tell you that the placement of servers is carefully and meticulously planned to allow for maximum efficiency. Cold aisle containment is a layout designed to achieve energy efficiency and reduce cooling costs, through successful management of air flow. Many data centres are now utilising this design as their layout of choice, and I aim to explain why within this blog.

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Highlighting the issue of business continuity

Posted by Paul Hone | 5 Feb 2013, 16:57 PM

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This Sunday saw 71,024 fans flood to the New Orleans Superdrome to watch the biggest US sports event of the year, the Super Bowl. And broadcast live in over 180 countries, it is estimated that 100 million people watched the event in total.

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Big is not always beautiful

Posted by Paul Hone | 22 Oct 2012, 13:11 PM

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Yesterday, Amazon Web Services confirmed that its Elastic Block Storage service went down for a number of hours, which meant that leading websites including Reddit, Pinterest, and payment service Payvment also went down.

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