Data centres and cloud computing

The Data Centre is a facility to house computing systems and associated infrastructure. The Data Centre landscape is characterised by a number of engineering concepts and multiple disciplines – Real Estate, Mechanical and Electrical engineering and Technology Systems. The Data Centre represents a multi-million pound investment that typically translates to around £15 million per MW of power.

Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product; whereby shared resources (hardware and software) provides computing capacity like a Utility (like the electricity grid) over a network. Growth in technology infrastructure, the increasing adoption of server virtualization, the explosion of connected devices (mobile phones, tablets etc), social media and consumer data is driving Cloud Computing and likewise has a direct impact on the Data Centre, where performance and efficiency are the primary drivers of design.