By Claire West

Latest figures show that nearly a fifth of all businesses; both SME’s and large corporations have rid themselves of their IT infrastructures. The emerging trend in the IT sector is the building of data centres in response to companies who do not want to waste time and capital in building their own. There is no longer a need for companies to create their own data centres when they can make better use of someone else’s. With a recent report by BroadGroup indicating that business adoption of the private cloud is set to accelerate rapidly over the next five years, so too will the demand for data centre outsourcing. The pressure for enterprises to migrate to the private cloud as data volume increases and the need for heightened levels of security augments will only increase. The new wave in cloud computing or private cloud has caused concerns over security of data to dissipate, which was one of the main challenges cloud computing faced during its origin. As confidence in the security of the cloud increases, the demand for third party data outsourcing is set to rise.Cloud Computing offers dramatic improvements in business agility and operational efficiency with significant cost savings.

Node4 has been successfully running a secure series of data centres in Derby and Wakefield for the past six years. The business turnover in the height of recession has been an impressive £11m and is set to rise further still. Its’ clients span across a wide range of sectors including their most recent £4m contract with financial services company, Provident Financial. As one of the smallest players in the industry, Node4 have been successfully competing against leading brands such as IBM and Siemens for business. Andy Gilbert, CEO of Node4 attributes the success of his business to the vibrant, fun approach he brings to the management of his company and also to his ability to see the potential for growth in the outsourcing market. With further growth in the industry forecast for the next five years, Node4 already have invested in an additional purpose built data centre in Northa mpton due to open early 2011 and continue to expand as demand increases.

As one of the youngest entrepreneurs in the IT industry; Gilbert says: “The private cloud has addressed many of the concerns over security associated with cloud in the past. This has caused many enterprises to reconsider their choice not to convert from costly, on premise IT infrastructures. As a result of developments in the cloud we expect there to be an encouraging impact on the data centre industry’