DataBank to invest $30mn in edge data centres
The Dallas-based information management and security company, DataBank, to invest $30mn in EdgePresence - an owner and operator of multi-tenant, edge computing points-of-presence (PoPs) called EdgePods – or EDCs.
The move comes hot on the heels of an investment in Zayo Group, which tripled the company’s footprint, and will enable DataBank to upgrade its present legacy systems to those engineered and managed by EdgePresence.
The Georgia-based provider builds and runs modular, purpose-built EDCs that include physical security features, monitoring, critical power, and cooling facilities.
EdgePresence’s modular data centres currently provide space, power, bandwidth and interconnection across US markets. The investment therefore will boost DataBanks position as an information management and security company that offers customised technology solutions to businesses.
Situated at strategic locations, the new EDCs mean DataBank can colocate its customer workloads, reduce inactivity and boost performance for certain applications. EdgePresence technology has advanced capabilities that up-scale DataBank’s edge strategy and will enable it to maximise performance when 5G networks are fully implemented.
Speaking of the announcement, , remarked; “With the continued expansion of 5G and internet infrastructure, we are seeing the need for geographic-specific colocation solutions. EdgePresence’s modular installations will allow DataBank to deploy these targeted solutions for specific applications and use cases where traditional data centre options are not optimal.”
He added: “The combination of DataBank’s expanded footprint with zColo facilities and EdgePresence modular solutions will allow us to offer customers almost unlimited geographic flexibility for their IT infrastructure.”
EdgePresence also recently partnered with the industry-leading Digital Colony portfolio company, Vertical Bridge. The move means EdgePresence is currently deploying at over a dozen Vertical Bridge locations. The collaboration of technical assets will speed up the creation of new infrastructure solutions for cloud, content, and technology customers.
commented; “EdgePresence has been establishing an important beachhead at the ‘far edge’ since 2018. By joining forces with DataBank, we’ll act as a force multiplier for their edge data centre strategy, helping to bring data centres closer to the data pools being created by users, enabling next-generation, data-localisation strategies and applications for 5G and IoT."
Equinix: Digital leaders expect changes to working patterns
A global report released by Equinix has revealed that digital leaders expect long-term changes to the way people work.
As part of the report, the data infrastructure company surveyed 2,600 IT decision-makers from several different businesses spanning 26 countries in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions. The study also highlighted the biggest technology trends affecting global businesses and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted digital infrastructure plans.
Talking about companies’ expansion strategies, Claire Macland, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Equinix, said: “Many companies are now investing more in their digital infrastructure to enable them to embrace a hybrid working model and thrive in the new world of work we all find ourselves in.
“Despite headwinds in many sectors, many organizations are continuing to expand physically and virtually into new markets and regions around the world”, she said.
The report drew the following conclusions:
- 64% of the 2,600 digital leaders surveyed believed there will be “long-term changes to both how and where people will work in the future.
- 57% of global companies intend to expand into new regions despite the effects of the pandemic
- 51% of businesses worldwide say they have rearchitected their IT infrastructure so that it can meet the demands of remote and hybrid working. Digital transformation has also been accelerated due to an increase in businesses’ technology budgets.
How might digital transformation be affected post-pandemic?
COVID-19 has demanded that companies make several changes to the way that they operate, including digital transformation. According to the study, 47% of those surveyed reported that they have accelerated their digital transformation plans because of the Coronavirus pandemic. A further 42% of organisations said their budgets have increased to keep up with the growth of digital transformation.
Another change in adapting to the pandemic was to businesses’ IT strategies with six in 10 companies saying that it has been revised in response to the situation. 58% said they are looking to invest in technology to “improve agility’ post-COVID.
When asked about their priorities for their digital strategy, 80% of respondents said that digitising their infrastructure was of utmost importance, while 57% viewed interconnection as a ‘key facilitator’ of digital transformation.
"This increasing focus on digitization and expansion is one of the reasons why Equinix has continued to invest in its own growth. We completed 16 new expansions in 2020—our most active build year ever—and expect to continue to evolve Platform Equinix to support our customers as they continue on their digital transformation journey”, said Claire Macland.
Potential concerns disperse over expansion plans being halted by COVID-19
The study has also revealed that organisations’ previous concerns that the pandemic will negatively affect their business expansion plans have been lessened.
57% of businesses have said that they “still have plans” to expand into new regions and of that percentage, nearly two-thirds (63%) plan to do so virtually instead of investing in physical IT infrastructure.
The full Equinix report can be found here.