New research from Sentrum demonstrates that outsourcing figures in 2011 are expected to rise from a 2010 low, towards the growth figures recorded in 2009.
London, UK – Sentrum (www.sentrum.com), a specialist in data centre solutions, has today released new research findings which indicate that the level of economic upheaval in the data centre sector may finally be subsiding.
In its fourth report, entitled ‘The Data Centre Gamble’, Sentrum once again investigates attitudes towards outsourcing and has identified that 75% of large UK organisations outsource at least some of their data centre requirements. The figure, at an original high of 85% in 2009, had dropped back to just 67% in 2010. The news improves further as despite 24% citing that no outsourcing is currently conducted, 18% of these respondents did mention that they had plans to do so in the future.
“Once again the last 12 months have shown a lot of changes taking place in this sector,” said Franek Sodzawiczny, CDO and Co-Founder at Sentrum. “But the biggest movement seems to be that respondents now feel that they are discussing a ‘mature’ market rather than a space that is new, and unknown.”
The mature market concept also extends into the decision making progress, as respondents also appeared to be more knowledgeable, and therefore more confident, about what key criteria they would measure potential third party data centre operators against. 98% of the UK senior IT decision makers that were surveyed said they would expect certain business issues to arise when selecting a new data centre partner.
Whilst security (62%) tops the list of concerns other significant worries also included a lack of proven track record (49%) and a lack of demonstrated specialist expertise (45%). 31% cited that they simply would lack trust.
“These very real and understandable business concerns certainly seem to suggest that a thorough procurement process will not offer an easy point of entry to new companies looking to provide facilities or services in the data centre sector,” continued Sodzawiczny. “Whilst demonstrating experience is of course critical, long term financial viability was also an issue for 38% of the respondents. To me, this shows that although the industry is starting to move towards outsourcing again, it will be doing it at a very careful and considered pace.”
About the Research
The report was commissioned by Sentrum and undertaken by Dynamic Markets Limited. It is the fourth report in a series dating back to 2008. A total of 103 interviews were collected with senior IT professionals across a wide variety of industry sectors and in large organisations with 250 or more employees. All respondents confirmed prior to interview that they were an IT professional with responsibility for the company’s data centres from an operational and/or strategic perspective. They also confirmed their level of seniority: 29% are at CIO / Director level and 71% are at senior level manager.
Responses, where relevant, have been compared with research results collated in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Specialists in the design, build and management of bespoke data centre solutions.
Founded in 2005, Sentrum has a portfolio of five facilities around London (Camberley, Sutton, Watford, Woking & Hayes) a sixth in Rugby comprising in excess of 1.2 million sq ft of technical space and a seventh in Guernsey. Sentrum was the first data centre operator to offer truly flexible facilities, with dedicated plant for every data suite. Tailor-made to each individual client’s specific needs - from the size of the data suite through to the power configuration and level of resilience -
Sentrum offers clients practical, cost-effective solutions which maximise usage of technical space and meet mission critical business requirements. The Sentrum team is comprised entirely of data centre and property development professionals. The two principals alone have built out several million square feet of data centre space to date.
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