There’s a very strong and clear move from the days where everybody had their equipment on site, had their own comms or server room and operated their own IT on-site. That equipment is gradually being moved off site and into data centres, whether that’s because the customer is putting their own equipment into data centres, or into cloud environments.

The cloud has to live somewhere - it’s just a posh name for remote hosting - which is another argument. It’s been around for at least 25 years. If you take the concept of remote hosting, that was actually around in the 1960s, but it was called time sharing.

The thing that’s made the difference is fibre optics - the fact that if you did this in 1976, the amount of data you could transfer on a telephone line was very small and so limited. These days there’s fibre so there’s all sorts of things you couldn’t do back then that you can do today.

Roger Keenan, MD at CityLifeline

Source: Tech Radar 


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