An in-house datecentre can represent a massive financial commitment for most enterprises. With the availability of third-party centres and cloud-based data environments, it’s not surprising that many businesses are questioning the need to have their own centres. Does this mean that in-house datacentres are dying? A recent article in Computer Weekly considered this possibility.

In the Computer Weekly story, Paul Hammond, vice president of infrastructure services at Capgemini, contributes his insights into future trends for datacentres.
Many enterprises no longer build in-house datacentres, opting instead for third-party datacentres, and scalable and agile cloud infrastructure so that they can avoid owning depreciating IT hardware assets. As Paul states, “today, building a datacentre cannot be taken lightly; it is a huge investment.” And some companies want zero in-house IT, as they do not want to worry about powering, cooling, and operating datacentres.

However, our own Merlin centre, which is renowned for its energy efficiency, responsiveness and resilience is the perfect example of where a datacentre offers the best of both worlds – “It’s a great in-house centre for us and it offers state of the art facilities to our clients,” says Hammond.

Merlin Datacentre: Blueprint for Datacentre Efficiency

Rather than suggesting that datacentres are dying, in fact the cloud is enabling more enterprises to use third-party IT services. Paul points out that, “there will always be mission-critical apps that firms want to host internally. Then there are emotional or regulatory reasons dictating that data should remain within the company.” Certain factors keep in-house datacentres alive such as Legacy applications that are business-critical but are not cloud-ready, or customer demand for dedicated IT.
Some experts predict that there will always be some kind of in-house IT, and hybrid IT will be the way forward for most enterprises. There will remain those who see an owned datacentre as the only secure option and those for whom an owned datacentre will provide them with the milliseconds or so less data latency that will make all the difference
Summing up, Paul observes that “five years ago convincing the business stakeholders to invest in cloud was a mammoth task, today the same can be said about convincing them to invest in a shiny new in-house datacentre.”
 Take a closer look at Merlin, one of the most sustainable datacentres in the world.