A comment on one of my recent posts, about whether outsourcing could help companies achieve energy savings in the data center, makes me realize how often folks appear to assign the same meaning to the terms "outsourcing" and "offshoring."
The reader's response to the post: "Sure, go ahead and outsource it to India and China. You know how CO2 friendly those countries are."
While it's possible to outsource data center operations to a provider in one of those countries, it's just as likely (and perhaps more so, given companies' concerns about entrusting their sensitive data to outside firms) that companies would want to outsource to a provider with operations closer to home.
As detailed in a CIO Today story from late last year, thethree outsourcing options are: locating your gear and applications at an outside facility and managing it with your own staff; contracting with a firm that provides equipment, applications and management staff; or offloading the entire process.
The cost savings, risk equations and other factors vary in these models, but all of them may be able to help companies leverage so-called "green" technologies in the near future. A recent director from Ovum tells Accountancy Age that because behemoths like IBM and HP are experimenting with these technologies in their own data centers, they should also "be able to fulfill some of those infrastructure and application needs for customers and do it in a more energy-efficient way than could be done internally."