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HOW CAN SMES TACKLE THE ENERGY CRISIS
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HOW CAN SMES TACKLE THE ENERGY CRISIS

THROUGH COLOCATION ?

urging energy prices are

S causing business to urgently review their costs . In this article Philip Bindley , our Managing Director of Cloud and Security at Intercity , explains how savvy firms are saving money on their IT infrastructure through the emerging trend of decentralised colocation .

As wholesale gas and power prices hit fresh highs , businesses , as well as consumers , face significant increases in their energy bills . With a rise in the costs of living , now is the time to address rising energy prices .
One area where many businesses are exposed to particularly high energy costs is by housing IT infrastructure on-site . According to research by Close Brothers , 58 % of SMEs still do not use cloud-based computing , where software , storage and other services are delivered remotely , so rely on their own inhouse infrastructure .
These businesses are facing the skyrocketing costs of powering and cooling the servers on their premises .
These organisations could shield themselves from energy cost rises by moving their hardware to regional data centres , exploiting a growing trend known as ‘ decentralised colocation ’. This is where enterprise servers , as well as private and hybrid clouds , are hosted in third-party data centres . �
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