Survey reveals data center facility trends and practices

Companies are continuing to explore different options to handle their data center needs, according to a survey by 451 Research, which regularly releases a quarterly survey of data center operators throughout North America and Europe.

Survey reveals data center facility trends and practicesIn a recent study, the survey revealed that organizations are most likely to research different options to increase capacity when they reach about 75 percent data center utilization. In those cases, they’re more likely to adopt colocation and cloud providers as solutions rather than build out a new data center.

451’s Datacenter Market Sizing Forecast Model also showed that the colocation market was growing at a rate of 8 percent in mid-2015 based on square footage.

Here are some other findings by 451 Research.

Data center facility spending will increase. About 87 percent of data center operators, including those working for medium- to large-size organizations, said they plan to maintain or increase their budgets for expenses related to data center facilities.

Most of the growth is in healthcare and finance. These industries were planning to increase spending at higher rates, particularly on power equipment, rack and cabling, and data center infrastructure management software (DCIM).

Companies are upgrading outdated systems. “To support growing business demands on IT, enterprises are freeing up budgets and investing in modernizing neglected data center facilities,” said Dan Harrington, Research Director at 451 Research.

Companies will reduce number of data centers. During the next two years, most of the organizations surveyed said they plan to close many of their smaller local data centers and server rooms to reduce the overall number of data center sites.

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Rich Banta

Rich Banta

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Rich is responsible for Compliance and Certifications, Data Center Operations, Information Technology, and Client Concierge Services. Rich has an extensive background in server and network management, large scale wide-area networks, storage, business continuity, and monitoring. Rich is a former CTO of a major health care system. Rich is hands-on every day in the data centers. He also holds many certifications, including: CISA – Certified Information Systems Auditor CRISC – Certified in Risk & Information Systems Management CDCE – Certified Data Center Expert CDCDP – Certified Data Center Design Professional
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