Uptime Institute: Data centers sacrifice reliability for efficiency


Survey shows average PUE at a record low, but the rate of outages is increasing

The data center industry is struggling with the complexities of hybrid IT and is failing to maintain historic levels of reliability, according to the findings of the eighth annual Data Center Survey by Uptime Institute.

The survey found that average power usage efficiency (PUE) ratings across the industry have reached a record low of 1.58. At the same time, the rate of outage occurrences increased by a quarter and the severity of each outage had also increased, when compared to findings from a year ago.

“The rapid growth in the implementation of cloud and hybrid IT approaches has ushered in a period of great change creating technology, organizational and management complexity,” said Andy Lawrence, executive director of research at Uptime Institute. “And these new challenges are many times unlike anything previously seen in the industry at this magnitude. It’s a perfect storm.”


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Perfect storm

The latest survey from Uptime is the most comprehensive yet, compiling responses from nearly 900 data center operators and IT practitioners across 50 countries.

The survey found that, while an average data center was making better use of its energy, it was also more likely to suffer an outage – and these outages are more damaging than they were last year.

The survey seems to suggest hybrid IT as a potential culprit: according to Uptime, many organizations reported that they were struggling to manage hybrid architectures that combine on-premises infrastructure, colocation and public cloud. Only about half said they were confident in understanding the true costs and risk/performance tradeoffs of their chosen approach.

Hybrid IT cost

While nearly two-thirds of respondents (61 percent) said adopting hybrid IT has made their overall IT more resilient, this was not supported by the evidence: 31 percent experienced an IT downtime incident or severe service degradation in the past year, a considerable increase of 25 percent over the number reported last year.

More than 80 percent of respondents said their outages were preventable – leading causes of downtime, as ever, were human error, power outages, network failure and configuration error.

                                                  Report From UTI,13 August 2018

Meet us at the MENA Innovation 2018

As you may know Zircom have created a joint venture with the Moroccan group Medasys: MedAfrica Data Centers.

Our first project is located in Morocco and this new data center will meet the optimum industry standards with its Tier III design.

In parallel with our investments in Morocco, we want to continue the development of our datacenter network on the African continent and MENA regions to share our expertise and to meet the growing demand of its customers.

From 29 to 31 July, Mark Taylor, our data centre CTO, will be attending the Official Ministerial summit for ICT Innovation in Education and Digital inclusion in Cairo, Egypt.

This forum will bring together ministers, senior government officials, universities and civil society stakeholders from across the MENA region and African countries.

This a major industry event in Cairo, which will see Zircom and MedAfrica Data Centers engaging with government partners building close relationships and transparency with our customers and future business prospects in the MENA region.

For more details please follow the links: https://mena-innovation.com/2018/medafrica-datacenters-branded-partner/

MedAfrica website : www.medafricadatacenters.com

Article by Sahdia Fazil from Zircom, 11 July 2018

One thing is certain, the data center industry never stops moving, and neither do we ! Zircom is pleased to announce his joint-venture with Medasys (a moroccan group) in order to build a data center in Morocco.

DATA CENTRES & CLOUD COMPUTING: New local data centre projects are also coming on-line, supporting the government’s digital agenda. In September 2017 local firm MEDASYS opened the first Moroccan independent data centre near Rabat. Covering an area of 2000 sq metres, the 100% local project is part of the company’s strategy to develop data centres across Africa. The new data centre – the first cloud computing platform in francophone Africa – will boost Morocco’s cloud capabilities, as spending on the technology has remained limited until recently. On the sidelines of the centre’s inauguration MEDASYS also signed a partnership with UK-based Zircom for the opening of new data centres, with an investment of Dh800m (€74.1m).
“There has been strong growth in demand for data centres with higher storage capacity,” Mohammed Benmira, deputy director-general of MEDASYS, told OBG. “Regulations introduced in 2014 and 2015 mandated large corporations to back up their data, which consequently increased demand for services,” he added.

Article from “The Report Morocco 2018” p 148-149 by the Oxford Business Group / 29 June, 2018