External data centers and hybrid IT environments grow hand in hand

16 July 2019

Hybrid environments are gaining popularity today. Sometimes the link is made to a declining success of external data centers. Nothing could be further from the truth. According to a study by the Uptime Institute ('19), the need for data center capacity, both on-premise and off-premise, is increasing in almost half of the companies surveyed. Furthermore, the study "predicts a fundamental, structural evolution towards the increasing use of external data centers and cloud services" in the long term. The growing choice for on-premise data centers would rather slow down, although they are not becoming superfluous.
 
The lack of flexibility and the high investment costs at a data center within the company undoubtedly contribute to this. You don't just expand your own data center due to lack of space, let alone arrange it quickly. Setting up your own data center infrastructure is a costly affair and also maintaining a server room has a considerable price tag. And then you don't have a good DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management) for the control of all important parameters in the room, such as the temperature and the power consumption.
 
According to Uptime Institute, external data centers will remain crucial in the vision of many companies regarding IT capacity. In general, the impact of the cloud on the need for own or external data centers is not significant. In a hybrid environment, the cloud is usually just one of the various components of an IT environment.
The cloud naturally has a number of advantages. However, the benefits of data centers continue to exist and differ from the benefits of the cloud. Is the security of the data important for your company? Or the legal framework under which they fall? Then a data center offers the ideal solution. No scalability or cost advantage can compete with that. A common advantage is the flexibility. Both the cloud and an external data center offer more expansion options to keep a close eye on things.
 
Anyone looking for a backup solution with a hybrid environment can use an external data center as the first storage location for the data. The cloud can then act as a backup. Be on your guard when switching to a hybrid environment. It increases the risks and complexity. You can also rely on two data centers that are sufficiently far apart. It is partly because of the distance between the locations that LCL opted for data centers in Diegem, Aalst and Antwerp.
 
Hybrid IT environments are therefore on the rise and as a data center at LCL we are happy to grow along with that trend. We are ready for it!