Serverfarm advances Los Angeles data centre
Serverfarm has acquired a new data centre in Los Angeles as part of its mission to drive sustainability, following an announcement yesterday.
The data centre developer and operator also hopes to modernise the centre, located in the metro city of El Segundo, joining forces with its long-term partner, NantWorks.
According to Serverfarm, the partnership hopes to continue both companies' mission of becoming state-of-the-art data centres with advanced communications and computing technologies that benefit media, healthcare, science and entertainment.
Explaining the organisaton's plan for the acquisition, Avner Papouchado, Chief Executive Officer of Serverfarm, said: "Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been laser focused on delivering much-needed capacity to our clients and partners in the most efficient way possible.
"The latest phase of our data center acquisition strategy is helping to answer demand for efficiently managed colocation space in a Los Angeles site that’s a launching pad to APAC and the rest of the world.
"We’re proud to offer our world-class InCommand DMaaS solution in a community that’s home for myself and many of our team members," he said.
Spanning a total of 117,500 sq ft, Serverfarm says that the 22 MVA building will host hyperscale, transportation, healthcare and government tenants and is "strategically located" to be near to movie production studios, major aerospace and defense contractors, research and development companies and corporate campuses.
The centre aims to offer a secure global network on-ramps due to its connection to Tier 1 and dark fiber providers and meets all HIPAA, HITECH and PCI compliance requirements, Serverfarm claims.
After expanding into Europe and Toronto in Canada, the Los Angeles acquisition builds on Serverfarm's portfolio of owned and managed assets, with the total number of locations now reaching over 100 across more than 40 countries.
With the arrival of Earth Day this week, Serverfarm will launch The Future of Data Centres, its own podcast in the first of four quarterly mini series that will air in May, hosted by Founder of GreenBiz, Joel Makower.
Earth Day is on Thursday 22 April with the theme 'Restore Our Earth.'
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.