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Uptime Institute surveys global state of data centres

Uptime Institute surveys global state of data centres 

Researchers from the Institute surveyed 1,000 data centre facility operators, IT managers and senior executives from around the world. Large data centre operators from North America were heavily represented in the sample. However, this year there was a growing number of respondents from Europe, Asia and Latin America. 

One of the key findings showed that data centre budget growth is somewhat lopsided. Although data centre budgets grew this year across the world, the boost is most visible amongst third party data centres. Uptime Institute researchers believe third party data centres are expanding at the expense of in-house IT operations. While there is no evidence to suggest that in-house IT operations will become a thing of the past, the data reflects that the enterprise is seeing the value in utilizing third party data centres.{mospagebreak}”One of the most significant points in the survey, data center budgets are growing overall, but the vast majority of growth is occurring in the third party providers, reflecting a shift in spending away from enterprise-owned data centers and toward outsourced options,” said Matt Stansberry, Uptime  Institute Director of Content and Publications. “This isn’t the end of the enterprise-owned data center, but it should serve as a wakeup call. Going forward, enterprise data center managers will need to be able to collect cost and performance data, and articulate their value to the business in order to compete with third party offerings.”

The survey also showed that data centre efficiency gains have hit a plateau. Only half of North American respondents said that energy efficiency was important to their companies. The number of survey participants who cited energy efficiency as very important has dropped in the past two years. Researchers noted that many data centre facilities have “done what they can” in becoming more efficient, and cannot afford the significant cost of reducing power usage further. Nonetheless, the report stated that there is “change at the margins.” Leading-edge companies are pushing for greater efficiency, which could become a standard across the industry. 

Another significant finding was that public cloud adoption has grown a great deal this year. It appears that large companies are two times more likely to deploy a public cloud than smaller data centre operators. Private cloud adoption rates have dropped. Researchers suggest that businesses interested in moving to a private cloud have already done so, while companies that have chosen the public cloud model because they have not fallen prey to the “hype” of private cloud adoption.

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