More and more IT makers want to increase their employees’ data literacy to gain more information and insight from the huge and rapidly growing mountain of data they have available. This was revealed in early May this year from research conducted by data center provider Digital Realty. Not illogical, says Enrico de Boer, Director Sales & Marketing at Digital Realty Interxion Netherlands. “Data is not called the new gold for nothing. But you can no longer just put data somewhere. Businesses should think carefully about a good data architecture so that they always know where – often in the cloud – their data is located. Data centers can play an important role in facilitating this data sovereignty. “
65 percent of the IT executives of some of the world’s largest companies want to increase the data competence of their teams in order to remain competitive and extract value from data. This percentage is 55 percent for European companies, compared to 78 percent for North American companies, 63 percent for Latin American companies and 48 percent for Asian companies.
The importance of upgrading teams exceeds investment in artificial intelligence (59%) according to Digital Realtys Global Data Survey and was the second most popular answer among respondents when asked what the most important things would be for their companies in the next two years . factor to enable more data-driven insights. Only improvement in data infrastructure (72%) scores higher.
In addition, 21 percent of IT executives around the world stressed that the lack of internal talent to analyze data and the lack of talent to build technical capacity (21%) are among the biggest obstacles their organizations face when they want to extract valuable insights. from their data.
Dates new gold
Data is truly the new gold. And the sources for extracting insights from data through applications like data analysis and AI are everywhere, says Enrico de Boer. “In the past, mainly company data was found behind the so-called ‘firewall’, now we see that data that lies in front of the ‘firewall’ is increasingly being used, combined with data that lies behind the ‘firewall’. Can be found online or from other organizations. These data streams are bundled so that you can turn this data into information and extract new insights from it. And it happens mainly in data centers. ”
Gartner predicts that by 2025, about 85 percent of all data will be generated by companies – including newly generated data from these bundled data streams. It really is a huge mountain, says De Boer. Currently, only 12 to 15 percent of all data is used productively, but that percentage is increasing. “Companies are seeing more and more opportunities to use data, new business models are emerging, and more and more data-driven companies are emerging. This is also reflected in the growing demand for specialists in data analysis and data science. ”
In short, technology makes it possible to manage data in more and more ways and to introduce new business models. Then you try to extract that information and that insight. For this, data competence is needed outside the data specialists, and rules are needed to handle this data correctly. Not only among themselves but also from the government in areas like privacy.
Budget for IT infrastructure
The combination of data and business strategy also means that more and more IT budget is being used to make the IT infrastructure available that makes this combination possible, De Boer explains. “Your people must also be able to implement the database strategy that requires the aforementioned data competence. Training and education are necessary to handle data inside and outside your own company. ”
This development makes a theme like data sovereignty increasingly important, as more and more organizations are seeing. Are you compliant as an organization, do you know where what data is located, where data is created, where you can request it, and where you can change it? As an organization, you have to think about this more and more, De Boer emphasizes. You can not just put your data (or get it) down and then expect it to be good.
“To facilitate this, new data architectures are being developed, and new roles are being created in organizations that can indicate in terms of content how data should be handled and how these architectures should be implemented. The IT infrastructure you choose therefore forms an increasingly important foundation for your data architecture. Your infrastructure must facilitate that you can choose where the data ends up, nationally and internationally. ”
The role of data centers
A data center provider such as Digital Realty can play a role in this, De Boer believes. “We have developed our DIGITAL platform for this. In this way, we can meet the ever-changing demands of companies in the fields of data, control, networking and help them realize new, data-first strategies. The platform is dependent on 13 data centers in the Netherlands and 290+ worldwide. Everything is connected to each other. This way, you can help customers determine where what data is stored and what is allowed with it. For example, only save at location A, and also mutate at location B. But also to facilitate collaboration with other companies and combine data from it. ”
This means a decentralized infrastructure for data. In the past, data was often stored as centrally as possible. But data is coming from everywhere these days. From IoT sources, from employees working from home, from mobile phones. And today, a cloud architecture is also increasingly spread across all sorts of different clouds and data centers. In the case of data, according to De Boer, this means that as an IT decision-maker, one must be very aware that the decentralized infrastructure is set up fully compatible. And that means a completely different design of your architecture.
Distributed data world
According to De Boer, the location of data centers also plays an increasingly important role in the increasingly distributed data world. And that location is determined by three things: being on top of the Internet (such as near an Internet exchange); maximum connectivity (maximum presence of operators in your data center); direct access to national and international cloud players (because all companies now use cloud applications).
“All these new and long-standing developments in data – from data to information, compliance, data architectures – mean that a data center provider must be more than a provider of capacity and Internet access. An umbrella platform such as platformDIGITAL can facilitate this. We have already deliberately chosen it best location for our individual data centers, with platformDIGITAL we can meet the companies’ data needs. ”
The relevance of data centers is therefore growing, now and certainly in the coming years. No one has a crystal ball, but you must have the choice for a future-proof infrastructure, says De Boer. “Data centers and their location are increasingly important for this. In the design and expansion of our data centers, we are moving along with these new technologies, such as data center capabilities for an AI platform. Such an application requires more cooling and energy because you need a higher density environment. “
Communities of interest
You will also see a growing presence of cloud players, carriers and customers of data center infrastructure such as IT providers and businesses. This creates communities of interest in data centers that can enrich each other with their expertise and their data. A data center platform is also increasingly being enriched so that it can facilitate more opportunities. So communicating vessels.
“These communities, also called connected communities, are more than just a fancy term,” says De Boer. “Such communities that emerge in data centers can help each other move toward a data-driven or cognitive enterprise, as Gartner calls it, based on knowledge and expertise in AI and the cloud. A data center provider, whether we are one or the other, can facilitate and operate this as a kind of spider in the web. ”