UK Data Centres Moulded by Governments

07 March 2017 : By Darren Smith

UK Data Centres Moulded by Governments

Various current and projected future government policies are having an impact on the way that data centres operate, from energy usage and efficiency to cyber security.

Governments are increasingly turning their attention to data centres -- massive warehouses brimming with towering banks of servers that store their clients' data and run their IT operations -- as more and more of them spring up due to skyrocketing demand.

Companies large and small now realise that there are vast benefits to migrating their limiting in-house digital operations over to the greater digital pastures of a data centre, where the costs are lower, security is greater and the systems are kept at suitable conditions to minimise the chance of failure. All measures are taken to ensure that internet operations are online and data is secure and protected at all times. 

One drawback for some data centres, however, is the enormous amount of electricity they use. Running many servers is costly in terms of power use, but combined with cooling systems needed to keep them at optimal temperatures and not overheat, the power requirements can become astronomical. 

Top-level data centres, such as those operated by Next Connex, are able to efficiently manage their power usage, by idling servers not in immediate use and employing efficient cooling systems, so that electricity demands are lower. 

Governments, including in the United States and Britain, are considering a special tax bracket for UK data centres in an attempt to force them to reduce power usage and therefore cut their carbon footprint. 

Revelations of government spying on internet activity have prompted data centres in the UK to beef up their security measures, including encryption, in order to prevent further snooping.

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