The cloud changes everything – the computers we buy (or don’t buy), the way we write applications, how we collect and store data, and the design and location of our data centers.
RagingWire is home to many top cloud providers. We are working with them to turn their requirements for space, power, cooling, telecommunications, and security into data center designs. You can see these designs deployed across our data center portfolio, including our CA3 Data Center in Sacramento, our TX1 Data Center in Dallas, and our VA3 Data Center in Ashburn, Virginia.
To help us better understand the impact of cloud computing on data centers, we hired Bill Kleyman, Featured Cloud and Data Center Analyst at Data Center Knowledge, one of the largest industry websites, to study how cloud providers and Fortune 1000 enterprises are optimizing their data centers worldwide and the unique data center requirements found in Northern California, one of the top data center markets in the world.
Based on this research, Bill wrote the white paper “Hyperscale Cloud Case Study: Selecting the Right West Coast Data Center Solution” and produced a webinar on the subject, both featuring Groupon, a global leader in local and online commerce.
Here are some of the key findings from the white paper and webinar:
- Cloud applications require data centers in key internet hub locations in order to manage network latency
- Having a data center near Silicon Valley and the Bay Area is preferred, but it is best to be outside the earthquake zone in order to reduce risk and lower costs
- Data center scalability and flexibility are critical to support ongoing cloud capacity
- Rigid IT architectures are being replaced with hybrids
- As applications scale, the flexibility of the cloud can be outweighed by escalating costs
- Multi-megawatt, large footprint deployments are driving the need for wholesale data center colocation
- Carrier neutrality and direct cloud connectivity are required, improving reliability and performance and reducing costs
- Using a wholesale colocation provider provides significantly faster time to delivery than deploying a traditional powered shell