A national securities exchange in a high-growth emerging market was seeking to bolster its infrastructure to support more inward investment and potentially diversify its revenue streams through the provision of co-location hosting services. As part of its growth strategy, the exchange sought to review its existing datacentre assets to identify any capacity constraints and operational risks, and to assess the local market with a view to improving its own facilities and offering managed co-location hosting services to support trading members.
Synechron began by conducting a detailed review of the exchange’s existing assets and investments. This followed TIA-942 standards and provided a detailed evaluation of space, power and cooling limitations and risks. The assessment was then complemented by a broader review, not only of competing datacentre service providers, but also of local market requirements and demand for hosting services. Synechron’s consultants went through a detailed fact-finding exercise by interviewing local providers of datacentre services, along with potential buyers of those services, including all the leading banks, insurers, and asset managers that had local operations, along with government-owned entities such as the domestic central bank. The results from those interviews were then fed into a detailed supply-and-demand study, which helped to quantify the commercial opportunity for the Exchange.
On the back of that study, Synechron was able to develop five datacentre concept designs, factoring in location strategy, sizing, phasing of modules and high-level designs for critical plant – presenting the executive board with a range of options to pursue. Each option was qualified with a business case – weighing up the potential rewards and risks associated with any investment. Ultimately, Synechron’s recommendation on which option to pursue was reviewed and approved by the Exchange’s chief executive and its board.
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