DatacenterDynamics

How can hosting, colocation and cloud managed services providers position themselves to best enable digital enterprise transformation?   1.  For a while the idea of a hosting provider as a strategic partner seemed dead. Differentiated providers in co-lo had trouble retaining their margins, half the cloud market indexed Amazon’s rates, and the market seemed destined … Continued

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Infrastructure Optimization

An ITBM Primer According to ITBM leader Apptio: “Modern IT leaders use facts to collaborate on the tradeoffs needed to maximize business value. Cost-only conversations become a thing of the past.” Modern IT leaders: Manage CapEx/OpEx, Fixed/Variable, CtB/RtB, Direct/Indirect Manage cost and variance for Plan/Build and Run activities Manage IT internally with these metrics on … Continued

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Data Center Industry

Over the last 2 years, on like-for-like data center deals with the same provider and renewals without growth, we’ve frequently seen price cuts of 8%-25% depending on location and buyer leverage.  Zahl Limbuwala, recently stirred the pot in his Open Letter to Data Center Investors. To sum it up very briefly, he sees deep structural … Continued

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Digital Service Efficiency

Though it’s well understood you can’t manage what you don’t measure, the vast majority of enterprises don’t track the energy efficiency of their IT operations. Firms spend tens of millions of dollars on data centers and energy usage, but seldom explore meaningful ways to manage this energy spend. It gets shrugged off as “the cost … Continued

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