The impact of rapidly rising volumes of data running on the word’s networks is striking. IDC Research recently reported a 62% jump in the amount of digital information produced worldwide in the last year.

Nowhere is the pressure of this information overload felt more strongly than by enterprises and the IT networks powering them. They are faced with processing exponentially rising volumes of data, quicker than ever before, with all the reliability guarantees they’ve become accustomed to.

This has had a direct effect on the hosted data centre market, which offers multiple enterprises the ability to locate their network, server and storage solutions in large, shared, third-party premises. This offers a host of benefits, including time and cost savings, improved scalability, as well as the risk mitigation a company can make as result of using shared data centre infrastructure.

Large data centres are proven to be far more cost effective than mid-sized facilities in terms of both network and storage costs, due to economies of scale. Operational expenditure can also be reduced, as dedicated facilities can be run more efficiently. For example, electricity can be purchased in bulk at lower tariffs and technical teams can be deployed to solve multiple problems for several different enterprises at once.

In addition, those using hosted data centres only pay for the resources they need, which can be ramped up or reduced based on their changing requirements, making it a highly scalable solution.

Modern hosted data centres also have an upgrade path prepared for the migration to 40/100G from 10GbE, as these faster speeds are increasingly demanded by their customers. This enables hosted data centre providers to execute changes extremely rapidly – minimising or entirely negating any downtime for their enterprise customers.

By necessity, dedicated data centre hosting facilities focus substantial resources on ensuring reliability from the moment of initial construction – their existence depends on it. Hosting providers invest heavily in properly designed, robust, high-performance infrastructure across their entire facility to meet enterprises’ demanding expectations and service level agreements. Indeed, many enterprises choose to co-locate some of their infrastructure with third parties specifically for disaster recovery purposes.

This trend towards hosted solutions shows no signs of slowing. Demand is already outstripping the supply of services available and in the next 3-5 years I fully expect the use of hosted solutions to rise by around 20 percent.