Intelligent Data Centres Issue 40 | Page 9

Business leaders are re-evaluating IT suppliers as a result of increased energy prices

NEWS ata centre provider , ServerChoice , has released

D new research highlighting the widespread impact of the cost of energy increase and how it is leading businesses to re-evaluate their IT suppliers .

The research , which surveyed over 1,000 UK business leaders , found that 77 % of businesses are experiencing price increases from their suppliers , with 84 % worried about how the rise will impact their bottom line . Despite this concern , over a third ( 36 %) of business leaders have not begun contingency planning to alleviate the pressures of the growing cost of energy .
However , of those who have begun contingency planning , 35 % are currently re-evaluating their providers in an effort to help offset the growing cost of energy . Those most likely to be evaluated are utility providers , with 63 % stating this , followed by IT suppliers – with 32 % stating this .
This market exploration comes at a time when businesses are growing increasingly dependent on data storage , with 75 % envisaging a need to increase their capacity over the next five years .
“ For data centres , where the cost of energy continues to be the largest financial expenditure for the business , providers will have to think laterally about how to offer competitively priced services to help underpin the demand for data storage ,” said Adam Bradshaw , Commercial Director at ServerChoice .

Equinix completes acquisition of four data centres in Chile

quinix has announced it has extended Platform Equinix deeper into Latin America following the completion

E of the acquisition of four data centres in Chile from Empresa Nacional De Telecomunicaciones S . A . ( Entel ), a leading Chilean telecommunications provider .

Under the terms of the agreement , Equinix and Entel have agreed to form a strategic partnership to enable enterprises to leverage hybrid multi-cloud solutions to accelerate their Digital Transformation .
Equinix also announced it has signed an agreement to acquire one additional data centre in Peru , also from Entel , subject to the satisfaction of closing conditions . The enterprise value for the five data centres is approximately US $ 735 million at current exchange rates in effect on the dates of signing .
Equinix has a decade-long history in Latin America and currently operates 11 International Business Exchange ( IBX ) data centres in Brazil , Colombia and Mexico .
The addition of four new data centres in the strategic Santiago , Chile metro – a growing data centre and technology hub – provides an opportunity for local businesses and multinational companies to accelerate their Digital Transformation while solidifying Equinix ’ s position as the largest provider of digital infrastructure services in the region .
The new data centres offer significant expansion capacity for future growth in Santiago , allowing Equinix to support both immediate and future customer needs .
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