London, UK – 14 October 2014: Zenium Technology Partners (www.zeniumtechnology.com) has today released findings from a new research report which highlights that a staggering 94% of senior IT professionals have admitted that their in-house data center is technologically out of date.
The research - entitled ‘Motivation to Modernise’ – found that in spite of an improved level of general awareness in the market for greater flexibility, agility and the ability to adapt faster to change, only 1 in 20 (5%) data centers were considered state of the art. At a time when there is pressure in the business to ensure smooth day-to-day operations, a worrying 1 in 10 (10%) said their data center is long overdue a complete overhaul, whilst a further 41% said some of the technology in use is no longer current. In contrast, just 5% said their in-house data center is not at all out of date, and everything within it is state of the art. Most interestingly, more of those who outsource at least some of their data center requirements (12%) admit their in-house data centers are very out of date and overdue a complete overhaul, compared to those who do not outsource at the moment (2%).
More companies whose IT managers think the ideal data center infrastructure review frequency is monthly (13%) do not think their in-house data centers are out of date and say everything is state of the art, compared to those who think the ideal review frequency is annually (2%). However, even 87% of IT managers who think the ideal data center infrastructure review frequency is monthly admit their in-house data centers are out of date to some degree, but figures are higher for those who think the ideal review frequency is annually (98%).
The report also reveals that only 25% of the respondents felt that C-level executives are on board with data center modernisation plans, suggesting a degree of denial about the need to start embracing future plans now. Another 60% say the C-levels executive are only partially on board.
“The disconnect between what is in place and what is needed for the future is very worrying,” said Franek Sodzawiczny, CEO at Zenium Technology Partners. “There is massive demand for increased storage and computing power to manage huge volumes of data and the impending impact of the ‘Internet of Things’ will only exacerbate these problems.
Planning for the future of the business doesn’t take place in a vacuum and it’s often constrained by the lack of availability of budget, time and people, but any debates about what form modernisation should take are essential. The biggest issue in the data center today seems to be that ensuring that the board, who ultimately hold the purse strings, recognises the need for substantial investment in data center projects. It’s not just about increasing the IT budget; it’s about ensuring that the right systems and infrastructure are in place to continue operating effectively in a digital world.”
Interestingly, a Gartner survey into data center investment in 2013* found that two out of three respondents had projects planned, more than 70% of those planning projects had budgets allocated and 87% of those with infrastructure modernisation or upgrade projects also had plans for data center facility projects in 2013/2014.
“This ought to be considered a positive sign but the fact that nearly all of the respondents that took part in our survey (94%) still consider their data centers to be out of date show that there is still a very real need to get motivated to make modernisation the top priority going forward.”
* Gartner: Datacentre & IT Infrastructure Projects in the UK, 2013
About the Research
This report was commissioned by Zenium and details quantitative research conducted with IT professionals in large organisations across the UK and Turkey.
For this survey, a total of 210 interviews were collected in the UK and Turkey 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 centers from an operational and / or strategic perspective. They also confirmed their level of seniority: 36% are at CIO / director level and 64% are at senior manager level.
The interviews were conducted by Dynamic Markets Limited using an online, global research panel between 31st July and 14th August 2014. Before and during the interviews, respondents were not aware that Zenium had commissioned the research.
About Zenium Technology Partners
Zenium Technology Partners are data center industry pioneers. In the last 15 years, the Zenium management team has raised over $2Bn in debt and equity and has conceived, designed and delivered over 400,000 square metres of raised floor space, securing over 100 individual customer agreements.
The Zenium Data Centers portfolio – which currently comprises the Istanbul One data center in Turkey and Frankfurt One data center in Germany – marks Zenium’s commitment to the development of innovative and ground breaking facilities in both established and emerging markets.
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