DataCenterNews Asia logo
Specialist data center news for Asia
Story image

Exclusive Q&A: The on-premises data centre is here to stay

By Ashton Young
Wed 30 Jan 2019
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Recently we were able to conduct a Q&A with Scality chief product officer Paul Speciale to garner his thoughts on where cloud is going and how organisations will store their data in the future.

The first thing that was brought up was the much discussed topic – is the on-premises data center really dead?

“Surprisingly, no. In 2016 and 2017, there was a noticeable shift toward public clouds in discussions with IT influencers and buyers. Public clouds promised so many advantages in rapid-start, time-to-deploy, reduced capital expenditures and just overall simplicity, that it was really hard to argue against,” says Speciale.

“As a vendor of on-premises IT infrastructure software, we were obviously concerned that this was an unstoppable force. It was always the case, though, that customers with use cases that demand high levels of data control, performance and security (financial, government, and healthcare, for example) see on-premises as their primary deployment target.”

Speciale says a noticeable change of thinking occurred in 2018.

“There was a significant uptick in cloud users noting that “maybe we were too hasty in going to cloud”, and “we didn’t realise the disadvantages in committing and locking-in to one vendor’s cloud”, and of course the dreaded “wow, our monthly cloud bills really surprised us”,” says Speciale.

“What has happened is that users have now realised that there is a smarter way to use the cloud, and to leverage specific services that add value to their businesses. Rather than blindly “storing all data in the cloud” for example, it made more sense to think of leveraging the public cloud for selected data, and for a bounded period of time, as part of their overall workflows. This gives the benefits of using what the cloud gives, but not incurring the full cost burden or lock-in of public cloud usage.”

Another frequently discussed topic is hybrid cloud, which Speciale is unsurprisingly quite knowledgable about.

“So this is the common IT model of today, at least it is how many users describe it. Given the differentiation across the various cloud vendors, multi-cloud will happen for more businesses over time. Today, what customers want is a smart-blend of the control and cost-effectiveness of on-premises IT (and yes, it is significantly cheaper to keep data in an on-premises object store for 3 years than it is to keep it in the public cloud) - plus specific use of value-added services in a public cloud,” says Speciale.

“This might be a need for a content-delivery (CDN) service in AWS, or a transcription service in Azure, or running some microservices-based app in Google Cloud. The net of it is that the best architecture may prove to be a hybrid architecture split smartly between on-prem and cloud, to deliver the service in the best, fastest and more cost-effective way.

At the heart of all this is the humble data center, so I asked Speciale how he thinks it will evolve in the coming years.

“We see that business workflows will continue to span across locations and clouds. This is already happening in media & entertainment, where content must be delivered to millions of users on a wide range of devices. This means content originating on-premises (think of a news broadcasting organisation), but that content has to be transcoded into a dozen or more formats, and then delivered to consumers in dozens of countries,” says Speciale.

“This is already being solved by leading broadcast companies by blending on-premises compute and storage with the use of compute-bursting in AWS, Azure, GCP and also the use of regional clouds. We now see the same “active business workflow” trend spanning multiple data centers (really private clouds) and public clouds in financial services, insurance, biopharma, manufacturing and healthcare.”

And so that’s data centers, but what about general storage?

“The ability to manage data will be valued more highly than the specific place, solution or cloud within which it is stored. Once we see businesses embrace the ideas above: that not one public cloud is the answer to everything, and that on-premises IT is indeed required to be cost-effective and to maintain control; what becomes critical is the ability to manage all of that data,” says Speciale.

“What does data management mean here? It means, first of all, having visibility to your data: where is it stored, how much of it is accessed and when, and how much does it cost me to store it in each place? Once data is stored in many places, the need to locate it through intelligent search will be critical. And of course, ensuring that data is near the apps and users that consume it means that data management also will entail data mobility, via migration, replication or other workflows. The future trend is indeed toward multi-cloud data management.”

Speciale alluded to multiclouds earlier, but I then asked him to illuminate further.

Clouds are becoming specialised in several ways. An obvious way is that each cloud vendor will offer its own unique services. Some will have advantages for different applications, for example Azure has a unique Video Indexer not yet seen in the other clouds. Google is certainly leading the way on container and Kubernetes-based services,” says Speciale.

“The other dimension is regionality and sovereignty, as businesses realise they must keep data located in specific geographies such as China, we’ll see the local clouds in those countries become part of global business workflows.”

And finally to wrap it up, I asked Speciale what would hold the most importance looking ahead – software or hardware.

“Software will be the key to what we see as a main driver in managing applications and data across multiple clouds, whether private or public. Hardware will always be an enabler for more cost-effective and faster deployment but enabling key business workflows will be achieved through intelligence in software,” concludes Speciale.

Related stories
Top stories
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Vectra AI named as AWS security competency partner
Threat detection and response company Vectra AI has announced that it has become an Amazon Web Services Security Competency Partner.
Story image
Development
Intel Labs unveils integrated photonics research advancement
"This new research demonstrates that its possible to achieve well-matched output power with uniform and densely spaced wavelengths."
Story image
Macquarie Data Centres
Macquarie deal to pioneer CO2-cutting data centre tech in Australia
Macquarie Data Centres has signed a multi-year deal with ResetData, an Australian first provider using Submer data centre technology. 
Story image
Migration
SNP unveils next generation of CrystalBridge software platform
Data is a key pillar of every customer-centric organisation, as it relies on agile decisions to become increasingly sustainable and intelligent.
Story image
Expansion
Colt Technology expands into South Korea data center market
Colt Technology Services has expanded its network into the South Korean market, offering the country’s businesses cost-effective, low latency connectivity.
Story image
Cloud
Vertiv introduces line of redundant power transfer switches
Vertiv has introduced Vertiv Geist Rack Transfer Switch (RTS), a new line of transfer switches that provides redundant power to single-corded devices.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Databricks announces new offering for Unity Catalog
Databricks has significantly expanded data governance capabilities on the lakehouse by unveiling data lineage for Unity Catalog.
Story image
Infrastructure
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure expands distributed cloud services
“Distributed cloud is the next evolution of cloud computing, and provides customers with more flexibility and control in how they deploy cloud resources."
Story image
CASB
Juniper expands SASE offering with data loss prevention capabilities
Juniper has announced the expansion of its SASE offering with the addition of cloud access security broker (CASB) and data loss prevention (DLP) capabilities.
Story image
Broadband
Singapore found to have the speediest internet rates in the world
New research from BanklessTimes has shown that Singapore has the highest recorded median internet speed in the world at 207.61 MBPS.
Story image
Microsoft
SAS Viya on Microsoft Azure to deliver 204% return - study
The Forrester Total Economic Impact study finds SAS Viya on Microsoft Azure brings a 204% return on investment over three years.
Story image
Data Science
Neo4j announces service delivery alliance with Deloitte
Neo4j has announced a service delivery alliance with Deloitte Consulting Southeast Asia for a range of services to customers within the region.
Story image
Sustainability
Evolution Data Centres reveals target of 20 tonnes of CO2 per GWh
Evolution Data Centres launches their new Sustainable Data Centre Charter, which includes targets like only 20 tonnes of carbon emissions per GWh by 2030.
Story image
Sustainability
Huawei unveils next-generation sustainable data centers
Huawei says its next-generation data centers will be powered by PowerPOD 3.0, which reduces the footprint by 40% and cuts the energy consumption by 70%.
Story image
Microsoft
Microsoft, Cloudian partnership offers data center flexibility
Cloudian’s HyperStore object storage platform is now integrated and validated to work with Microsoft SQ Server 2022, offering more flexible and scalable data centers.
Story image
Cloud
SnapLogic improves Intelligent Integration Platform
SnapLogic has released new features and improvements to its Intelligent Integration Platform, which will allow IT, data and business teams to make select processes faster and more straightforward.
Story image
Infrastructure
New Uptime analysis highlights worsening downtime costs and consequences
New data from Uptime Institute has found that downtime costs and consequences are worsening as those involved in data infrastructure fail to find ways to curb outages.
Story image
Public Cloud
Public cloud services revenues top $400 billion in 2021
"For the next several years, leading cloud providers will play a critical role in helping enterprises navigate the current storms of disruption."
Story image
Sustainability
Aligned Data Centers increases sustainability-linked loan
Aligned Data Centers has increased its sustainability-linked loan from $375 million to $1.75 billion to speed up the next phase of its strategic growth.
Story image
Infrastructure
SolarWinds IT Trends Report highlights increased cloud complexity for businesses
SolarWinds' new IT Trends report has signalled a significant shift in the way businesses are dealing with hybrid cloud and infrastructure.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Kaspersky opens three new centers to boost data management
Cybersecurity company Kaspersky has opened three new Transparency Centers, one in Japan, the second in Singapore and the third in the United States.
Story image
Cloud
QuSecure partners with DataBridge Sites to showcase platform
QuSecure has partnered with DataBridge Sites to showcase its Quantum-as-a-Service (QaaS) orchestration platform, QuProtect.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Zscaler launches co-located data centres in Canberra and Auckland
The investment will offer public and private sector enterprises greater resilience in support of their zero trust cybersecurity posture.
Story image
Sustainability
Legrand unveils Nexpand, a data center cabinet platform
Legrand has unveiled a new data center cabinet platform, Nexpand, to offer the necessary scalability and future-proof architecture for digital transformation.
Story image
Partnerships
Thailand announces launch of the Thailand 5G Alliance
It will promote collaboration between the public and private sector, through companies such as Huawei, to commercially drive Thailand's 5G development.
Story image
Digital Transformation
The Huawei APAC conference kicks off with digital transformation
More than 1500 people from across APAC have gathered for the Huawei APAC Digital Innovation Congress to explore the future of digital innovation.
Story image
Robotic Process Automation / RPA
Micro Focus unveils Data Center Automation for SaaS delivery
MicroFocus has released Data Center Automation (DCA) for software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery, offering more cost-effective vulnerability risk and IT compliance management.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Secureworks researches new threat to Elasticsearch databases
Researchers from Secureworks' Counter Threat Unit have identified indexes of multiple internet-facing Elasticsearch databases replaced with a ransom note.
Story image
Hybrid Cloud
HPE GreenLake advances hybrid cloud experience with new services
"The innovations unveiled today further build on our vision to provide the market with an unmatched platform to spur innovation and drive transformation.”
Story image
Sydney
Equinix and PGIM Real Estate open data centre in Sydney
Equinix and PGIM Real Estate, the real estate investment and financing arm of PGIM, have announced the first xScale data centre in Sydney, named SY9x.
Story image
Vietnam
Viettel IDC deploys Cloudian Hyperstore object storage for enhanced cloud solutions
Cloudian has announced that its Hyperstore object storage has been deployed by Vietnam telco Viettel IDC, citing the technology’s flexibility, multi-tenancy and ransomware protection as significant advantages.
Story image
Cloud
Boomi surpasses 20,000 customers. Sets record for the iPaaS space
Boomi has announced it has surpassed the 20,000 customer mark, setting the record for the largest customer base among iPaaS vendors.
Story image
Amazon Web Services / AWS
Qualtrics goes live on AWS Cloud Infrastructure in Japan
Organisations across Japan will now be able to access the Qualtrics XM/OS platform locally via data centre in the AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region.
Story image
Cloud
Cisco Live showcases new offerings in its first hybrid event
Cisco Live 2022 has seen Cisco executives and customers take the stage to present a range of discussions in the company’s first-ever hybrid event.
Story image
Employment
Tech job moves - Forcepoint, Malwarebytes, SolarWinds & VMware
We round up all job appointments from May 13-20, 2022, in one place to keep you updated with the latest from across the tech industries.
Story image
Sustainability
Intel unveils new investments for data center sustainability
Intel has announced two new investments, continuing its efforts to create more sustainable data center technology.
Story image
Healthcare
SnapLogic launches Accelerator for Amazon HealthLake
SnapLogic has launched Accelerator to allow healthcare and life sciences organisations to turn raw data into healthcare-related insights and actions.
Story image
Infrastructure
Global investment in data centers more than doubled in 2021
DLA Piper's latest global survey finds the total investment in data center infrastructure worldwide rose from USD $24.4 billion in 2020 to USD $53.8 billion in 2021.
Story image
Cloud
Cloudflare outage in 19 data centers worldwide due to own error
Cloudflare says its outage for 19 of its data centers yesterday was because of a change in a long-running project to increase resilience in its busiest locations.
Story image
Colocation
Digital Edge chooses Nortek’s StatePoint for new data center
Digital Edge will use Nortek's StatePoint liquid cooling technology in its new data center, the first commercial colocation operator in Asia to do so.
Story image
Secure access service edge / SASE
Cisco unveils new cloud-managed networking offerings
Cisco has announced new cloud management capabilities that offer a unified experience across the Cisco Meraki, Cisco Catalyst and Cisco Nexus portfolios.
Story image
Infosys
Preparing for the digital decade with the right workforce strategies
For a decade that started under the pall of the pandemic, the 2020s is poised to end with a bang with the digital economy swelling to a high across the world.
Story image
Sisense
Data and analytics could be key to higher selling prices in APAC
Sisense's latest report has found that almost half of data professionals in APAC think customised data and analytics can create better selling prices for their products.
Story image
Sustainability
SoftIron named global leader for efficient DC infrastructure solutions
SoftIron has been named a global leader for supplying energy-efficient data infrastructure solutions for core-to-edge data centers after an assessment by Earth Capital Ltd.