Remotely processing and storing data is what we all do. We can’t do without. Every person, every organization uses datacenters to remotely process and store ICT data. Governments, companies, persons need to use datacenters for their daily activities. Switching a traffic light, organize a truck load of milk to bring to super markets, reading email from smartphones, using the internet, monitor people in the street, control towers of an airport, using Facebook, Google… name it. Even computers systems themselves use datacenters to process data and store it. Now that the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing very fast, also our fridge will use communication to use datacenter facilities to remotely process and store data.
Certios was born when it became evident that the growth of remote processing and storage of data brought a new responsibility to a very young industry. Little was known about effects of this growth. Still a few people and organizations are aware. Since the start, Certios has built experience, knowledge and a vision, and we share this with our clients. We help our clients to find their way in this beautiful new world, and helping to reduce the effects of the downside: waste of costs and energy, compliance issues, increasing complexity, security breaches, continuity risks, organizational problems.
We increase our customer value by cooperation with our partners. To form strong consortia and do projects and research together for the European Commission. Also by taking part in board of the Data Centre Alliance (DCA), and by being an Endorser of the Code of Conduct on data centre energy efficiency.
While datacenters are traditionally thought of as large-scale physical environments where an extensive number of computers and servers are housed. We like to bring it a bit differently. A datacenter is always a physical environment where data is being processed and stored remotely. It means that despite the fact that some people think that cloud computing or software defined datacenters have little to do with real, physical environments, every processing activity and storage end up in a real physical datacenter environment.
Datacenters consume lots of energy. Datacenters save lots of energy too. We can’t do without remote data processing and data storage anymore, so it is our duty to make sure that we do the right thing and do things right. We need to save energy where possible. We are even required by law (The Netherlands: Milieuwet). It saves money and saves on CO2 exhaust.
Datacenters process and store our data remotely, making our life easier. Today, there is less need to store our pictures, music and movies at home. We use less paper to store our data nowadays. But we still have challenges to deal with as well.
With that in mind, there are excellent and terrible datacenters, and everything in between. Defined by the choices organizations have made in how to organize their remote data processing and storage. Every facility has its own unique history. The design criteria of the past were different from the ones we would like to apply today. In hindsights this is an easy thing to say. Developments of how we organize remote data processing and storage are going fast. It is hard to foresee the disruptive new innovations of the last 5-10 years and datacenters tend to have a much longer timespan than 10 years. It is almost impossible to design a datacenter facility that is still the best design after 10 years.
If there is a need to benchmark a datacenter, audit it, or make improvement plans, Certios is happy to help out.