At the launch of Data Economy, industry experts all over the world were asked for their view on why data centres are important.

From the IoT to edge computing, banking and financial services, all experts agree on one thing: data centres need to be considered critical infrastructure and our dependence on them will just grow evermore.

Alongside Arkivum, other experts from key technology institutions including Cisco and Fujitsu shared their views on the importance of data centres.

Andy Conway, Arkivum COO comments:

You can’t treat a DC – onsite or offsite – as if it were a giant, 100% reliable hard drive. Data centres are a fact of life for a variety of many verticals. These institutions will continue to amass significant data, both in terms of its quantity and its importance to our future needs, be it groundbreaking research or a company’s customer-sensitive data.

Businesses must be aware of the need for a proactive, ongoing digital preservation strategy. Any possibility of data being held hostage by a solution vendor either by way of formatting or charging exorbitantly for access must be avoided. Additionally, a multi-site strategy is advisable in order to mitigate risk, while for some businesses, having a data centre in the USA is not acceptable.

All these factors and more must be factored in order to mitigate significant, growing business risks and to comply with regulations and best practice mandates.

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