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 cloudbased 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 .
Historically , data centres – where companies can rent collocated IT equipment and space – were ‘ centralised ’ by virtue of being built in the docklands in London . This central location offered the higher availability of bandwidth and low latency . But this came at a price with high real estate costs and wages leaving smaller businesses priced out of colocation . �