Tuesday, October 17, 2017

7 in 10 organisations boost data centre budgets for 2017

And despite rapid adoption of cloud, enterprise owned data centres are still the most used computing venue.

The growing relevance of data centres to any business is driving budgets up as spending increases to keep up with innovation and corporate needs.

According to the Uptime Institute’s survey of more than 1,000 data centre executives and end users, compared to 2016, nearly 75% of companies’ data centre budgets have increased or stayed consistent this year.

The survey has also found that enterprise-owned data centres are still the primary compute venue for businesses, with respondents reporting that nearly two-thirds of their IT assets are currently deployed in their own facilities.

Twenty-two percent said they deploy in colocation or multi-tenant data centre providers, and 13% deploy in the cloud.

The percentage of workloads residing in enterprise-owned/operated data centres has remained stable at 65% since 2014, despite the rising adoption of cloud environments.

The majority of companies (68%) rely on IT-based resiliency while 73% of respondents said they are not deploying lower redundancy physical data centre sites despite increased adoption of IT-based resilience.

More than 90% of data centre and IT professionals believe their corporate management is more concerned about outages now than they were just a year ago. Yet, only 60% report that they measure the cost of downtime as a business metric.

Matt Stansberry, senior director of content and publications at Uptime Institute, said: “The survey findings reflect several key trends that are acting together as a powerful catalyst for change within the industry.

“Increased performance at the processor level, further expansion of server virtualisation, and the adoption of cloud computing have all created an IT foundation that differs greatly from those seen just 5 years ago.

“Through this change, enterprise-owned data centres have remained a central component. We urge data centre and IT professionals to focus on the business aspects of running their IT foundation, creating sets of repeatable processes to make it work efficiently and adopting new technologies and solutions when the business demands it.”