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Managed Services Opportunities For Data Centres In Europe Still Dominated By Traditional Players


London, February 28th 2006 A new report, the key results of which will be provided at the forthcoming Data Centres Europe conference in London taking place March 21-23, ( reveals that although managed services is growing faster than IT, it is still currently dominated by traditional players.

Following a presentation of the latest report findings by Keith Breed, Research Director at BroadGroup, a panel debate will discuss the Rise of Managed Services. Taking part in the panel are Fariba Rawhani, VP Customer Relationship Management - EDS, Dominic Monkhouse, Managing Director - Rackspace, Guy Willner, CEO - IXEurope, Thomas Nikolopulos, Sales & Marketing Director - The Bunker and Anthony Foy, CEO - Interxion.

Data Centres have recognised that managed services can provide a significant shift in value creation for their businesses, and many are poised to launch new products. However the report will suggest that a number of challenges confront Data Centres in achieving significant presence in this sector.

Success will also depend upon the outcome of a debate in the enterprise sector focused on the continued explosion in data with the need for off site storage and archiving, and the migration to a single IP network by the enterprise. Enterprises will need to decide whether to work in-house with dedicated infrastructure, or as an external outsourced hosted service.

As the Managed Services market matures in Europe, they are forecast to be at the centre of further strategic roadmaps by Data Centre operators, confronting the need for scale on one hand, and shifting from a fill in service to a fully fledged player on the other.

Recent acquisitions of data centre businesses in Europe by telcos might portend further developments in the sector as the Managed Services market, already experiencing more than 20% growth per annum, increases.

Other key drivers identified in the report that Data Centres will need to accommodate include enterprise requirements for email archiving, the opportunities arising in third party management through convergence trends, and the rise of Software as a Service.

The event takes place at the Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel in London, and comprises of a one-day seminar, Demystifying Data Centres, and 2-day conference packed with the latest insight and content relevant to the continuing growth in the sector.


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