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2011: Year of the Cloud set to drive mass data center migration

January 5, 2011 by  

Web HostingLondon – Gartner research is predicting that by 2015, at least one G20 nation’s critical infrastructure will be disrupted and damaged by online sabotage. The biggest security concerns for the coming year will be cyber-sabotage and cyber-espionage, say industry experts citing the success of the Stuxnet worm in attacking industrial control systems as a prime example of what to expect in 2011. With the help of private cloud computing, these worries can be virtually eliminated and with the year ahead set to be the year of the cloud, mass business migration to sophisticated data centers will become inevitable. As well as improved security, cloud technologies will enable companies of all sizes to cut costs and drive efficiencies by renting their IT on a pay-per-use-basis, without the hassle of maintaining or managing their own data.

Gartner predicts that by 2012, 20% of all companies will no longer own their own IT assets. Furthermore, this research goes on to indicate that by 2015, information-smart businesses will increase recognised IT spending per head by 60 percent and consequently tools and automation will eliminate 25 percent of labour hours associated with IT services.


The emerging trend for businesses in the IT sector has been the building of data centers in response to companies who do not want to waste time and capital in building and maintaining their own. There is no longer a need for companies to create their own data centers when they can make better use of someone else’s investment and expertise. This trend is supported by a recent report from BroadGroup indicating that business adoption of the private cloud is set to accelerate rapidly over the next five years meaning so too will the demand for data center outsourcing, particularly as confidence in the security of the cloud increases.

Node4 has been successfully running a series of data centers in Derby and Wakefield for the past six years. The business turnover in the height of recession has been an impressive £11m and is set to rise further still. Its’ clients span across a wide range of sectors including their most recent £4m contract with financial services company, Provident Financial. As one of the specialist niche players in the industry, Node4 have been successfully competing against leading brands such as IBM and Siemens for business. Andrew Gilbert, Managing Director of Node4 attributes the success of his business to the vibrant, energetic approach he brings to the management of his company and also to his ability to see the potential for growth in the outsourcing market. With further growth in the industry forecast for the next five years, Node4 are opening a 41,000 sq foot data center in the Northampton area early this year and continue to expand as demand increases.

As one of the youngest entrepreneurs in the IT industry, Gilbert said:

“The private cloud has addressed many of the concerns over security associated with cloud in the past. This has caused many enterprises to reconsider their choice not to convert from costly, on premise IT infrastructures. As a result of developments in the cloud we expect there to be an encouraging impact on the data center industry’

About Node4
Node4 is a specialist in data center and communications solutions. Launched in 2004, the company has grown rapidly in the past six years through its comprehensive service offering and the growth in demand for hosted IT from businesses all over the UK. Its competencies include colocation, managed hosting through dedicated servers and virtualised environments, connectivity, SIP trunking and hosted telephony.  It has three state-of-the-art data center facilities, two located in Derby and one in Wakefield, which offer the latest in security technology, ensuring that even the most mission-critical applications are hosted securely and protected. A further data center in Northampton is due to be opened in the early part of this year, which will be the fourth of Node4’s Midlands based center’s in response to the success of the most recently launched center in Wakefield.

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