London, UK – 13th December 2011: Sentrum (www.sentrum.com), a specialist in data centre solutions, today released findings from an independent research report which clearly shows that UK businesses are struggling to effectively plan their future data centre requirements. The companies interviewed cited that their plans stay current, on average, for 2 years and 11 months before they need revising yet, for some 17%, specifications were out of date within 12 months or less. In contrast, just 19% were confident that plans remained current for 37 months or more, whilst 5% boasted that plans never need to be revised.
The research – entitled ‘Data Centre Deliberations’ – also found that, in parallel to the need for improved planning, over-specification for current business needs was also an area of concern. Collectively, 85% of companies confessed that their current data centres are over-specified, with 14% going as far as saying that this was to a “considerable level.”
Amongst the companies with over-specified data centres, 59% admitted that the situation costs them money – with the average figure cited being a staggering £205,948 per annum, per company. In fact this could also be considerably higher, as a significant 26% of the respondents were not sure how much this situation added to the annual IT spend for their company.
“Ensuring a scalable solution and adding long term value should be high on the data centre operator’s business agenda but being able to apply specialist knowledge to that, in order to advise and guide businesses to develop a robust data centre plan, is what really separates the market leaders from the rest,” said Franek Sodzawiczny, CDO and Co-Founder at Sentrum. “I have no doubt that businesses will continue to closely monitor IT spend in 2012 and I expect to see a continued pressure on IT managers to reduce operating costs. The data centre strategy will of course be a part of the business that is focused on. I’m not shocked to learn that there are a number of highly over-specified data centres out there, but I believe that hearing about the associated costs will send a shiver down some spines.”
The report, the fifth in the Sentrum research series, also highlighted that 94% of respondents admitted that they tend to over purchase space, taking more than is needed due to concerns about availability in the future. In fact, 29% of the companies questioned always take this approach to buying data centre space whilst 65% feel that this ‘sometimes’ applies to them.
“It is still surprisingly common to hear of panic buying in the data centre market as a lot of operators actively encourage clients to lease extra space to allow for rapid growth rather than working with them closely to understand what their business need realistically is in the short-to-mid term,” concluded Sodzawiczny.
About the Research
This report was commissioned by Sentrum and details quantitative research with IT professionals in large organisations across the UK. It is the fifth report in a series dating back to 2008. For this survey, a total of 100 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: 24% are at CIO / director level and 76% are at senior manager level.
Responses, where relevant, have been compared with research results collated in 2008 and 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) and a sixth in Rugby comprising in excess of 1.4 million sq ft of technical space. 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 scaleable 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.
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