List: This year’s Datacloud Europe really mirrored the hypes, worries and evolution of the data centre industry.
Colocation industry looks into emerging markets
Just like the ‘edge hype’, the conference was flooded with talks around emerging markets. In or out of the presentation theatres, no one, including c-level executives, was indifferent to the business opportunities in markets like Africa and Asia particularly.
Global Cloud Exchange’s CEO Barney said that "emerging markets saw 1400% increase in internet use, and this is a hugely underserved market" as 75% of the world’s population lives here.
Eric Schwartz, Equinix EMEA president, also recognised that emerging markets are a desirable path for colos.
He said: "We have scratched the surface with data centres in china. We are looking at our opportunities in China to expand. There are opportunities in Latin America which we are also looking at."
Speaking to CBR, Schwartz also said the company is very focused in the Middle East region, especially in Dubai.
However, Barney also warned the hundreds attending his presentation that data centre strategies used in the US and the West "might not be the most efficient for countries in Asia, for instance".
Open source data centres: no turning back?
Over the last few months we have seen an uptake in open source projects in the data centre space. After all, this is an emerging segment worth billions of dollars. $50bn to be more precise.
And this trend was not left out at DCE 2016. Brice Martinot-Lagarde, global solution architect for cloud and service providers at Schneider Electric addressed the audience on the latest developments in the Open Compute Project (OCP) and data centre open source in general.
He said that IT and OT manufacturers are converging to specify a real end-to-end solution. This is enabled by the OCP. Lagarde also looked at the savings of using open source technology based on the OCP.
Overall, CAPEX savings can reach up to 45%. This includes 31% savings in redundancy differences, 8% savings from eliminating upstream UPS, and 12% savings from power supplies. Lagarde added in a 1% cost for the rack system and a 5% cost for Li-ion batteries, making the total CAPEX savings 45%.
In terms of power savings, a traditional 2N data centre would be paying on average $2.77 per watt. With OCP technology, a 2N data centre would see that cost lowered to $2.08/watt, about 25% less. If the open compute data centre is a 1N, this could lead to a 45% cost reduction, with a watt costing $1.53.
Future of Datacloud
With the third edition of the conference over, organiser BroadGroup have also started to look into next year’s schedule of events.
However, before the end of 2016, the industry will head north to Stockholm, Sweden, for Datacloud Nordic, set to be hosted on October 20.
Moving into next year, in January, the Finance and Investment Forum for Data Centre, Hosting and Cloud will be celebrating ten years in London.
The newest event to be added to the data centre agenda was announced in Monaco, and will be Datacloud Asia, the Asian version of the European gathering. The event will take place on February 23 in Capella, Singapore.
Lastly, Datacloud Europe 2017 will once again take place in Monaco, from June 6 to June 8.