Gartner picks hybrid data centres as future trend

Brings together best of containers and traditional, says analyst

The global market for hybrid data centres is growing while the vendor push of containerised data centres is fading, according to analyst firm Gartner.

Speaking at the analyst firm’s Infrastructure, Operations and Data Centre summit in Sydney this week, Gartner UK vice president of research, Rakesh Kumar, said hybrid data centres which combine aspects of a data centre housed in a container with a traditional bricks and mortar offering were emerging overseas due to lower cost and faster deployment.

“They cost less than containerised data centres which come in at a price point of $US30 million but combine some of the functions such as portability,” he said.

Kumar said taht for example, data centre managers could change what hardware goes inside the centre and move the facility around more easily while a hybrid building would offer better security.

“Because it comes in a prefabricated building, you don’t have the concern of a container sitting in the wild somewhere," he said. "You can't just position a container in a car park and not put any security around it, it still contains mission-critical data and you may have compliance issues with the industry that you're in.”

HP and Equinix were cited as vendors building hybrid centres now.

“I think there is demand for these because it taps into the traditional data centre reliability but also offers some flexibility that organisations get from a modular solution,” he said.

While hybrid centres had only been around for six months, he was confident that the design had potential to grow in many parts of the world.

"If you need a fast deployment on site with power and cooling in the building, hybrids are ideal,” he said.

In contrast, containers still need a chilled water supply and a secure site.

“In many cases, you'll still need to apply for building permits depending on where you are in the world. That may take many months in many cases to get that,” he said.

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