"Having a single tier datacenter doesn’t make sense anymore"

by Sharon Lobo    Feb 21, 2011

Ed Ansett HP Critical Facilities ServicesAlmost all industries rely on computing for their daily operations, hence it becomes necessary for them to access data from a reliable datacenter. In an interview with CXOtoday.com, Ed Ansett, Director, HP Critical Facilities Services, explains the latest trend in datacenter designing and why is there a need for a datacenter transformation.

Could you share with us some of the latest trends in datacenter design space?
The most important latest trend in datacenter designing is making the datacenter for energy efficient. Additionally, the industry is now realizing that designing datacenters to a single tier, such either tier 1, tier 2 or tier 3 etc isn’t the smart way to invest. Historically, businesses would put forward their requirements and accordingly decide as to which type of tier of their datacenter. However, those days are almost over, the reason being the applications used by a business have variable needs, so having a single tier datacenter doesn’t make sense.

In future the design of datacenters is going to be more consistent, commoditized and standardized, though as an industry we not there yet, but we are certainly moving toward it.

Why do you feel there is a need for datacenter transformation and how can this be achieved?
There are a series of issues associated with legacy datacenters, which needs to be tackled. Additionally, there is a need to optimize the IT environment in to a highly efficient and converged type of infrastructure by leveraging all the components of the datacenter such as network, storage, server virtualization, power, and cooling. This move will not only enable businesses to cut down on capital and operating expenditure, but also transform their datacenters to be more scalable and flexible.

What are the key factors datacenter owners look for while designing a datacenter?
Everyone wants a reliable, cost-effective, and energy efficient datacenter. However, it all depends on what type of business the datacenter needs to cater to, as it is not possible to get the best of both worlds. For instance, the most reliable electrical systems are the most energy inefficient systems. As a result there is a need to strike a right balance between all the needs, though, for some reliability will be an important factor while for some energy efficiency, it all depends from business to business.

What has been your go to market strategy for India?
Most industry verticals rely heavily on computing and our plan is to offer all the traditional offerings that we have as a global consulting firm. The offerings include, design services, testing services, forensic analysis, technology consulting etc. We also have a strong team in India to cater to Indian businesses. Currently we are focusing on industries such as BFSI, telecom, manufacturing, Internet businesses, pharmaceuticals etc.

What is the value proposition you offer customers as compared to competition?
We have experts who have deep knowledge when it comes to designing, implementing and testing of datacenters. Additionally, we have some unique tools that allow us to design datacenters in a precise way and predict the future of the datacenters operation.