The need for get in on the data center boom

With the growing economic and technology transformation today, data has become foremost essentials in developing any business. Cashing on the thriving need for storing data, Bangladesh is witnessing a boom in data center business.

As of now, there is only one private data center named Colocity of Ispahani group is functioning in the market. However, at least five more data centers are going to be established within the next one year.

Large corporate groups like Summit Communications, Square informatix, Mir Telecom, fiber@homes, Kazi IT are investing to build data centers as they data business to be the next big business idea.

Pointing out several aspects of Data Center business, Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) on Friday organized a seminar titled ‘Global IT trends: How will they affect your data center strategy?’ at the BASIS Seminar room in Karwanbazar.

Otto De Roo, Senior Consultant of Data Center of API Singapore was the key discussant at the seminar. Monir Ahmed, Director of Ecademy also spoke on the occasion moderated by the BASIS Vice President Rashidul Hasan.

Talking about the data center business, Otto said, managing and operating a data center comprises a wide variety of activities, including the maintenance of all the equipment and systems in the data center, housekeeping, training, and capacity management for space power and cooling.

These functions have one requirement in common: the need for trained personnel. As a result, an ineffective staffing model can impair overall availability, he said.

Rashidul Hasan said that in Bangladesh, the market for data center will witness exponential growth.

“Growing e-commerce businesses, startups and large enterprises alike expect data centre companies to host their IT infrastructure so that a company uses whatever is needed (like real-estate, connectivity, IT systems etc.) on a subscription basis,” he said.

Hasan said that more and more companies are becoming aware of disaster recovery, resulting in them approaching data centers. “There is an accelerating shift of IT services from traditional enterprise data centres into the co-location, managed services and consuming IT as a service.”

He said that consumption of IT as service is driving new technologies, which can be broadly, referred to as software-defined everything (SDE). “This (SDN) is changing the way networks are built and managed. It is enabling agility and security with reduced operational cost and complexity, in networks,” he added.

Monir Ahmed said, data center staffing encompasses the three main groups that support the data center, Facility, IT, and Security Operations.

“Facility operations staff addresses management, building operations, and engineering and administrative support. Shift presence, maintenance, and vendor support are the areas that support the daily activities that can affect data center availability” he added.

Faisal Mahmud