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to result in 50% lower capex, compared with traditional Tier III data centres, and a 50% reduction in opex. Energy use is also 50% lower, according to OCP Foundation calculations. “This is why the hyperscalers are interested – shaving off cost is a no-brainer,” Laban continued. He went on to explain how colo data centres will be disrupted by Open Cord (central office re-architected as a data centre) and described the impact that this will have on the current status quo. “Telcos are taking the hardware solutions of the hyperscalers and rolling this out into telephone exchanges. To get an idea of the scale, in the US, AT&T is converting 4,700 telephone exchanges. This is because they are turning everything into a virtualised facility; it will save a fortune. “AT&T is seeing a 70% reduction in capex by using the technologies that the hyperscalers have been using since 2011. The opportunities are huge and the telcos cannot move fast enough,” said Laban. The world’s telephone exchanges are now turning

The OCP market is growing extremely fast – it dominates the hyperscale space, it is moving into the telco space and now it is moving into the enterprise space. It will have a radical impact on the data centre market into data centres and there are already 100,000 installations scheduled to be undertaken within a period of three to four years. Companies involved in Open Source Cord conversion are growing at a rapid pace and there have been some high-profile business deals in Open Source technology in the past six months – Microsoft purchased GitHub, described as “the largest Open Source

community in the world”, and Microsoft has also been engaged in the sharing of its patents. The intention is to accelerate innovation through collaboration. According to Laban, Nokia’s new portfolio is based around OCP hardware, while Cisco’s recent acquisitions have all been focused on software businesses. “This is because the technology is eating them

alive,” said Laban. “You need to track what is happening.” Laban warned the sector that “whatever market open source enters it eventually dominates. If you look at the efficiency of an OCP data centre, it makes all the traditional enterprise data centres look pathetic. “This is why they are closing at 10% per annum… by the end of this decade, 50% of all the world’s servers will be Open Source.” l

Cybersecurity fears cloud business uptake More than seven in 10 businesses are likely to move more of their functions to the cloud but data breaches remain a real concern


quinix, a global interconnection and data centre company, has announced the findings of an independent survey of more than 1,200 senior IT professionals from across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Results show more than seven in 10 (71%) organisations

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are likely to move more of their business functions to the cloud in the coming years. Sixty per cent of EMEA IT leaders cite proximity to cloud service providers (CSPs) as an integral factor when choosing a data centre in their local market. Despite more business moving to the cloud, 70% of these same respondents still perceive there to be cybersecurity risks around cloud adoption. Large public data breaches have caused uncertainty among companies, leading to 45% of respondents focusing on improving their organisation’s cybersecurity as their biggest IT priority. Cloud and cybersecurity considerations together are

top of mind for IT executives across the region. Nearly half (48%) said that the adoption of cloud-based services will be one of the top two factors to impact their business in the future – second only to cybersecurity risks and breaches (53%). The results also showed that companies across EMEA are twice as likely to connect with CSPs than any other product or service provider. Comparatively in the UK, more than two thirds of businesses (67%) believe that cybersecurity risks and breaches will be the top factor impacting their business in the future, a higher rate than for organisations across EMEA. More respondents (75%) also

believe their organisation will move more to the cloud. Nearly one third (31%) of IT professionals considered cloud service providers to be the type of business their organisation is most likely to connect with in the future. Despite Brexit, 64% of senior IT decision-makers in the UK also believe that due to the UK’s flourishing data centre industry, it is the best place in Europe to interconnect with partners, customers, supply chain and cloud service providers. The study also found that only 17% of organisations across EMEA are currently using multi-cloud architecture. This compares with 56% who currently use private cloud and 42% who use public cloud. l

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