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Irrespective of the type of IT services on which your business is based, be that Cloud, traditional hosting, on-premise or Co-Location, at the end of the line sits a datacentre.
In all but the on-premise variant, Datacentres offer a due diligence paradox, especially when it comes to the large international providers. Whilst the complexity of DataCentre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) is abstracted away from CIOs and the business as a whole, it makes deep due diligence more difficult.
With the large number of Australian based data centres now in operation, and more coming online in the next 12-18 months, Australian Businesses appear to be spoilt for choice. A core aspect of the selection process is being able to conduct a robust due diligence of the entire stack, right through to the bricks and mortar of the date centre itself.
This offers a ‘win-win’ for all parties in that the best of breed Australian based platform and infrastructure players can offer competitive services within the Australian legal jurisdiction with full transparency of their offering, which in turn should help overcome unfounded concerns of risk in the eyes of clients. This also has direct consequences for other areas of the client’s business, such as business interruption insurance to name but one.
In this presentation, Neil Shepherd, Engineering Director of Nutbrook Engineering and Rob Livingstone, both authorities in their respective fields, shared the podium in an open forum in an open forum Q&A session where Rob, as an ex CIO, asked Neil the hard questions as to data centre due diligence from a potential client’s perspective