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‘Better connected’ data centres will be the data centres of the future’

Georgina Chu, Regional Head – Wholesale and Enterprise Businesses, Colt

There has been a significant trend towards what we call the ‘enterprise defined data centre’, where enterprises can access real-time provisioning and on-demand bandwidth flexing at and between leading data centres. Connectivity, especially SDN-enabled connectivity, is the core backbone of this.

This is being further exacerbated by the demand from enterprises to manage their digital transformations, as well as the emergence and adoption of new technologies such as augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR), Internet of Things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence (AI), automation and robotics.

Delivery of critical applications and business services associated with these technologies can only work if enterprises can access data centres around the world through secure private networks, rather than through internet-based connections that are vulnerable to disruption.

So demand for critical high bandwidth and safer connectivity between data centres – in other words, better connected data centres – will remain the main trend heading into the next few years.

Our CEO, Carl Grivner aptly describes connectivity as a journey and not a destination. To remain competitive and relevant, even today’s market leaders and disruptors will have to reinvent themselves to capture changing markets and consumer preferences to maintain their position – there is no end point.

Data centres of the future will need to be even more flexible than today’s. This will require having reliable connectivity partners, such as Colt, which is connected to more than 850 data centres globally.
Future data centres need to be designed to accommodate adaptable solutions that allow enterprises to move applications and data across cloud providers’ IaaS offerings without penalties, empowering their ongoing and continuous digital transformation.