Nov 2, 2020

What is data gravity?

Data Centres
Data Gravity
Big Data
Joanna England
3 min
Data gravity is the new buzzword in analytics and data processing. But why is it so important?
Data gravity is the new buzzword in analytics and data processing. But why is it so important...

The term data gravity was coined a decade ago by Dave McCrory, the VP of engineering at GE Digital in 2010. Data gravity simply refers to the attraction between data and applications. Like the law of gravity, data gravitates towards apps.

In our digitised world, data is the new currency of economies. However, data on its own is random and lacks value. When information is aggregated through an application, insights are created and analysis can be carried out. The analytics then provide the strategy that enterprises and organisations rely on to develop roadmaps for future decisions. 

Data gravity significance

Data gravity impacts businesses and service providers because it controls a company’s ability to innovate, understand customer experiences and deliver services and products that best serve consumer interests. The Data Gravity Index™ calculates the creation, aggregation, and private exchange of enterprise data. It predicts data gravity will double exponentially through to 2024 because of the global pandemic and the resulting push towards commercial digitisation. 

Data sources and storage

Data generated by mobile phones, smart devices and IoTs has vastly increased the amounts being stored. As businesses digitise and move away from traditional onsite data storage facilities to cloud and hybrid data storage solutions, the sheer super processing capacity required to aggregate so much information, has risen dramatically. Dell's recent Digital Transformation Index study reported that eight out of 10 enterprises have brought forward their digitisation upgrades in 2020.

Munu Gandhi, Aon's VP of Core Infrastructure Services, explained, “Understanding data gravity and its impact on our IT infrastructure is a difference-maker for our operations and will only become more important as data continues to serve as the currency of the digital economy. As enterprises become more data-intensive, there is a compounding effect on business points of presence, regulatory oversight and increased complexity for compliance and data privacy that IT leaders are now being forced to solve.”

Data gravity sources

Not enough insights are being generated from the excessive amounts of collected data. A big data load that is not utilised due to sheer volume, causes slow innovation, unsatisfactory customer and employee experiences and higher costs. It also creates information silos, slow decision making, security issues, compliance problems and more.

Essentially, the more data you have, the harder it is to process and store. Principal Research Analyst Eric Hanselman at 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence, says, “Data gravity is the idea that data is an anchor that is often hard to move, especially as data volumes grow. If that growth takes place in public or private clouds that are not easily accessible by the enterprise using them, the full value of that data can't be realised, and the enterprise will be trapped into spending exorbitant sums to free it.”

The solution

Businesses are therefore turning to quantum computing solutions to manage the heavy information loads. Data centre hubs and managed cloud services, as well as developments in AI, ML and applications, are upgrading and expanding to accommodate the sheer volume of information that needs to be stored and processed. The storage hubs themselves are also transitioning to adapt to the new data-driven climate. The international research and consultancy organisation, Gartner, reports that by 2022, there will be at least 50% more enterprise-generated data to be processed outside the cloud. Information exchanges will need to expand, says Gartner, predicting that 60% of IT hardware and infrastructure globally will comprise of shared and privately managed data centres.

Chris Sharp, Digital Realty’s Chief Technology Officer adds, “Most enterprises and service providers are just at the beginning stages of understanding data gravity's potential impact on their innovation, customer experience, and profitability. But they need to be designing for it now. The study is designed to give CIOs, chief architects, and infrastructure leaders insight into the phenomena causing architecture constraints as well as a blueprint for addressing them.”  

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Jun 18, 2021

Group Management: Superior compliance in construction

Group Management
3 min
Group Management’s Steve Cressey on a uniquely collaborative partnership with Mercury Engineering and almost 15 years of compliant construction projects

Group Management Electrical Surveys is a long-standing and vital partner to Mercury Engineering. The company offers an innovative suite of electrical inspection, test and documentation services to ensure compliance in complex major construction projects for many of the UK and EU's leading companies. Utilising in-house cutting-edge solutions and its highly competent and experienced engineers, Group Management provides everything from electrical inspection and testing to thermal imaging surveys, QA/QC management, torque compliance, technical support, DSEAR compliance and electrical installation condition reports.

“No project can achieve handover without the correct documentation and safety critical electrical certification in place,” says Managing Director Steve Cressey. “Our services ensure that project critical documentation and certification can be correctly produced in an efficient, cost effective manner, which makes Group Management an important part of any construction project.” 

Cressey joined the business in 2009, bringing strong and incisive leadership to Group Management, with decades of industry experience giving him a unique understanding of the design through to handover construction process. He has stewarded the business’ partnership with Mercury since its inception and describes it as uniquely collaborative.  

“Our relationship with Mercury Engineering stretches back many years. We partnered with Mercury  on our first Data Centre project together in Watford in 2007, and since then the relationship has gone from strength to strength,” says Cressey.

“The partnership is longstanding, and we’ve built an incredibly strong working relationship. Partnering with Mercury, who are an innovative, cutting-edge technology provider, means we must constantly improve our services offering. We strive to be the best in what we do, and Mercury can trust we will be efficient in delivering on time, on budget, to achieve a successful handover that meets both Mercury’s and the end clients’ future needs.”

Group Management has since successfully completed more than 30 Data Centre projects throughout the EU as Mercury’s preferred electrical compliance partner. The relationship has also seen Group Management partner with Mercury Engineering on four brand-new hospitals in the UK and Ireland, key pharmaceutical projects and a number of commercial and leisure spaces. 

“To ensure the continued success and growth of Group Management we always discuss projects with key clients and their teams, take feedback on the performance of both our business and our individuals, and in turn use that to improve our services,” Cressey says. 

“The professional development of our employees is essential to our success. All our employees are encouraged to continue their education, to further develop their skills through additional training, and that in turn drives better service and a superior product for our clients. We now offer four more services to Mercury than when the partnership began, which has helped spur Group Management’s growth and success within the wider market.”



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