Developments in technology have had an impact on the amount of data that can be stored in modern data centres. We are expecting a surge in the number of companies taking advantage of virtual data centres, which eliminates the costs normally associated with running a data centre.
At Grovelands we keep a close eye on industry developments and trends. With the technology sector moving so quickly, it is especially important to foresee the next big advancement.
One area in which we are witnessing significant growth and evolution is the data centre. Although data centres have been around since the early ages of the computer industry, technological developments in storage and virtualisation software appear set to change the way we see them.
Traditionally, data centres are buildings or rooms containing many computer systems and servers, used to store huge amounts of data that can be accessed when needed from any area of the business.
With advancements in technology making components smaller and more powerful, the amount of data that can be stored in modern data centres is ever increasing; likewise the same amount of data can now be held in smaller areas.
Virtual Data Centres
The next step for companies is to take advantage of a virtual data centre. There is no difference with regards to the physical aspect; it is still a server-filled room holding the information. The difference is that you are using a hosting company’s centre that you will have access to through a high speed fibre network. This means not having to worry about finding the space, the network, the cooling and other factors involved with running your own data centre, as well as the associated costs.
As the telecommunications industry is becoming more and more virtual, there is less money to be made in voice and video communications. Data storage, however, will always have a physical aspect and therefore a cost, so many telecoms providers are adding this to their portfolio of products. We are also seeing the rise of hosting companies with virtual data storage as their main offering.
What does this mean for us?
Data centres require architects and designers for the creative process, and engineers to deploy, maintain and provide support to users. This area is growing, creating a greater need for these individuals and, as a result, at TMT we are seeing an increased demand for them. But in a time when streamlining and cutting costs is also important, the quality of candidate required is higher than ever.
Rather than having a customer facing support team who pass on all but the simplest of tasks to more skilled engineers to resolve, we are being asked to find engineers who are not only expert in their field, but possess excellent communication and customer skills, sometimes in more than one language, so that they can do both roles. We fully expect to see this area continue to grow and, as a result, we are rapidly building our network of candidates in this field, putting us in the best position to help your business find the right people.