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September 18, 2015

Cannon Technologies enters pay-as-you-go data centre race

Solution available for Cannon’s Globe Trotter modular units allowing on site data centre services with no upfront capital investment.

By Joao Lima

Enclosure solutions provider Cannon Technologies has introduced a data centre leasing service to answer customers’ medium term capacity needs.

The British service firm will allow organisations to use Cannon’s Globe Trotter modular data centres without the need for upfront capital investment.

The Globe Trotter solutions comprise the small capacity, transportable modular data centre range which is complimentary to Cannon Data Campus multi-megawatt modular facilities.

The leasing service Cannon is putting out to the market has a minimum lease period of one year and is based on a ‘pay as you go’ model.

The company’s leasing solution will allow customers transferring services from one facility to another to keep their services running, for example.

Matt Goulding, MD at Cannon Technologies, said: "Our shock absorption system allows the Cannon Globe Trotter to be transported as a fully functional pre-configured data centre.

"This means there is no need for specialist technicians to accompany the transport. The rugged, yet ultimately sensitive design means fully functional data centres can be installed at any location within minutes."

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Speaking to CBR on the pay as you go data centre model, Daniel Beazer, senior analyst at Peer 1 Hosting, said:

"Pay as you go is a bit of an unproven model in the data centre market: most customers particularly in the wholesale end go to the data centre providers to gain the benefit of long (three year plus) contracts; it can be a very sticky business."

This week, SSD cloud hosting solutions provider Atlantic.Net opened a pay-as-you-go data centre in London. Commenting on this charging model, Marty Puranik, CEO of Atlantic.Net, told CBR: "You can make servers and services on-demand and only pay for what you use. It is similar to utility billing as opposed to leasing hardware and having to pay for servers you don’t use or need."

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