At its very core, a data center is and always will be just that: a data center. But the growing popularity of the cloud is complicating matters and making physical infrastructure more critical than ever before. As a result, finding the right partner to assist you with the unique solutions you need to succeed in this lucrative market is paramount.
A data center is a data center is a data center. Until it’s not. The advent of the cloud has had a profound effect on the traditional, on-premises data center, primarily by reducing the footprint of the actual physical structure.
This change has brought with it many disruptions, starting with the need to provide more power in an efficient and environmentally friendly way. But the challenges that come with building a data center connected to the cloud go beyond that including the need to rapidly deploy highly available, innovative solutions that drive usability and deliver safety and security for people and places.
Building out a cloud data center also requires working with companies that have a global reach supported by a worldwide partner ecosystem that creates a sustainable supply chain with regional in-market capabilities. Finally, a finished cloud data center has to be environmentally aligned through sustainable solutions such as power metering and containment that drive energy efficiency.