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Data Centres: The Next Frontier 2015

ITWeb journalists report for The Forum, Bryanston


Legal pitfalls of outsourcing to the cloud

Companies must take heed of legal pitfalls they must face when outsourcing to the cloud, said Francis Cronjé, CEO at InfoSeal, speaking during the Data Centres: The Next Frontier 2015 conference, at The Forum in Bryanston yesterday.

Cronje warned companies to carefully understand the consequences of outsourcing so all risks are diminished before starting what could be a costly endeavour for an organisation.

He noted when selecting a service provider, businesses need to consider the data privacy laws of the country where its data will be hosted.

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Data centre automation delivers value

Data centre automation as a managed service is critical for unlocking the value of IT infrastructure to deliver business outcomes.

This is according to Stuart Fox, group business development director at Dimension Data, speaking during the Data Centres: The Next Frontier 2015 conference, at The Forum in Bryanston, yesterday.

Fox pointed out the need for the CIO to deliver business value is placing pressures on IT and the data centre.

The data centre has been evolving – transforming from a mega facility, filled with contrasting infrastructure that's difficult to integrate, maintain, and manage, into a more agile business response centre, he said.

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Availability gap costs CIOs

Chief information officers (CIOs) are now under pressure to meet increased availability requirements of the modern data centre.

So said Warren Olivier, regional manager at Veeam Software, during the Data Centres: The Next Frontier 2015 conference, at The Forum in Bryanston yesterday.

He was referring to the Veeam Data Centre Availability Report 2014, which discovered that enterprises cannot meet the requirements of an "always-on" business with application failure occurring more than once per month.

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Shadow IT drives bimodal IT

Faced with the increasing pressure of shadow IT and the need to move away from legacy IT systems, organisations must lean towards bimodal IT.

So said Bernard Donnelly, senior manager for cloud architecture for Cybernest at Telkom, speaking during the Data Centres: The Next Frontier 2015 conference, at the Forum in Bryanston yesterday.

Gartner coined the term bimodal IT referring to having two modes of IT, each designed to develop and deliver information- and technology-intensive services in its own way.

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Hyper-scale data centres look to F1 race cars

Modern hyper-scale data centres should be like Formula 1 race cars which are all about speed, leveraging technology, agility, adaptability and continuous improvement.

So said Stephen Green, MEA executive: data centre business unit, Dimension Data, yesterday during the Data Centres: The Next Frontier 2015 conference, at The Forum in Bryanston.

Green explained modern F1 cars are making use of technologies like big data, high performance computing, computer-aided drafting, computational fluid dynamics, Internet of things as well as telemetry among others, to stay ahead of competition.

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Shift in data centre sourcing strategies

The majority of organisations are shifting their data centre sourcing strategies from ownership to access.

That was the word from Kevin Govender, group chief enterprise architect at Transnet, speaking during the Data Centres: The Next Frontier 2015 conference, at the Forum in Bryanston this morning.

He noted in a world were businesses are looking to cut costs, the access model makes more sense.

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Power shortages inhibit Africa's data centre growth

Mounting fears around the availability of power is impacting on the growth of data centres in the Africa.

So said Gareth Mellon, team leader: information and communication technologies at Frost & Sullivan Africa, in a keynote address during the ITWeb Data Centres: The Next Frontier 2015 event at The Forum, Bryanston, this morning.

As data centres continue to mature globally, there is both complexity and opportunity in Africa, he pointed out.

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IN THE NEWS

Data centres: cornerstone of digital economy
By Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba, Johannesburg, 6 Jul 2015

Data centres are high investment areas and are typically built every 10 to 15 years. As a result, most companies end up tuning their environments over this period.

Only companies that have recently built their data centres will have taken advantage of some of the major trends – the others are retrofitting as applicable to minimise costs.


Moving towards services-oriented data centres
By Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba, Johannesburg, 2 Jul 2015

While SA seems to be ahead of most African countries when it comes to data centre trends, it appears to be lagging behind in comparison to other global data centre players. So says Nkosana Mbokane, CTO of TechnoChange Solutions, who notes the level of maturity can be measured, for example, by counting the number of South African companies with tier-four data centres.


Data centres: the heartbeat of IT business
By Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba, Johannesburg, 25 June 2015

With increased business demands for data residing in the data centre, the need for greater flexibility is only going to grow. This is according to Robert Boccia, CIO of Lion of Africa Insurance, who notes the time has arrived for businesses to expand and accelerate on the journey to build the data centre of the future that can automatically drive the business forward.


SA's data centre connectivity lags
By Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba, Johannesburg, 8 June 2015

More than ever, companies are leveraging data centres to connect with employees, facilities, customers, vendors and the Internet. This is according to Warren Olivier, regional manager at Veeam Software, who notes a data centre is the brain of a company and the place where the most critical processes are run.


Shaking up the data centre
By Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba, Johannesburg, 28 May 2015

Regardless of whether a company operates its own data centre or is using a co-location model, three things should top the modern data centre professional's priority list to ensure operational efficiency, says Lex van Wyk, CEO of Teraco Data Environments.


Pressure mounts for data centre managers
By Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba, Johannesburg, 23 Apr 2015

Managing the modern data centre presents a host of challenges, and managers responsible for data centres are feeling the pressure. The data centre of yesterday is no longer enough for the evolving business of today.

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