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Virtual DCs in the cloud era

Anushkar Mohinani | April 18, 2011
As the value proposition for cloud gets stronger, ownership of data centres will decline, says Savvis’ CTO.

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Bryan Doerr, chief technology officer, Savvis

SINGAPORE, 18 APRIL 2011 - There is an industry-wide paradigm shift in data centre deployment whereby companies no longer want to 'physically' own one, said Bryan Doerr, CTO of Savvis, a provider of enterprise cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions.

Doerr was speaking last week at the Singapore launch of Savvis' Symphony Virtual Private Data Centre (VPDC), a solution that lets companies create their desired virtual data centres inside Savvis' secure, multi-tenant cloud from a set of predefined service levels.

There is a wide-scale interest and trend towards designing and deploying data centre services in the cloud without the need to physically procure and manage any hardware, Doerr elaborated. And as the value proposition for cloud gets stronger, data centre ownership will decline, he said.

"The ownership of data centres has flipped from an asset to a liability," Doerr added. Companies industry-wide are starting to realise the economic advantages of a virtual data centre as opposed to a conventional one. The benefits of moving to a cloud solution extend beyond operational cost savings; it provides companies with the capability of scaling up or down, he explained.

"Virtual data centres are the way forward, as opposed to owning one," Doerr continued. Further advocating the virtual concept, Doerr countered the much-touted 'data centre in a box' concept as the new wave of data centres.  He said containerised data centres still operate in the same philosophy of owning a physical data centre. "It's just a smaller version of conventional data centres."


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