e-shelter designs, builds and operates data centers to house mission-critical IT systems e-shelter is the leading full-service provider for data center infrastructure in Germany providing the highest standard in physical security and operational reliability. e-shelter established its operations in 2000 and developed a market leadership position in the data center segment in Germany e-shelter operates strategically located data centers in Frankfurt (2), Berlin, Munich and Hamburg with total space in excess of 100,000 sq mtrs - properties with high power capacity and long useful lives.Frankfurt campus with 60.000 sq mtrs lettable space largest European data center. Premier customers from the banking industry, internet industry and IT outsourcing industry. Track record in building and operating data centers - total investments for Frankfurt and Berlin campuses in excess of Euro 250M. European growth strategy with robust development pipeline for Germany, UK, Italy and France

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Whitepaper: The CIO's Dilemma - How to Meet the Challenges of the Modern Data Centre

by e-shelterJan 01, 2008

Data centres are essential to modern organizations and to their ability to perform mission-critical tasks. Given the vast amounts of very different types of data that organizations work with, the emphasis in a modern data center has shifted from data processing and data storage to data management.

We have found that data loads are increasing rapidly and that this trend is likely to continue. At the same time, data centres are under pressure because organisations are seeking to comply with a long list of rules and regulations pertaining to data retention which have come into force in recent years. These phenomena translate into a number of "hard" challenges:.

- Business Continuity
- Scalability
- Financials

Well-managed organizations have generally been able to meet the "hard" challenges, but a number of additional challenges are emerging - we can these "soft challenges" - which even the best managed organizations will be struggling with:

- Energy Efficiency
- Security
- Public Relations

We have described and analyzed both types of challenges. An organization failing to meet all these challenges excludes itself from adopting many innovative business models that might have generated substantial benefits.

In order to meet the challenges, data center capacities must increase. The first decision a CIO needs to take is whether to "Make" or "Buy".