7 in 10 firms lament unmet needs with data centres

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Barely three in every 10 (29%) data centre decision-makers say their current facilities are meeting their needs, and just 6% say their data centres are updated ahead of their needs, a new report from Forbes Insights and Vertiv shows.

Results are based on a survey of 150 data centre executives and engineers from various industries around the world.

Vertiv said the survey results indicate a troubling lack of planning and preparation for today’s evolving data ecosystem — 11% of executives say their data centres are updated ahead of current needs while just 1% of engineers say the same.

“As today’s data centre evolves to incorporate enterprise, cloud and edge resources, thorough planning and foresight is needed to meet organisational computing requirements and business objectives,” said Martin Olsen, VP of Global Edge Systems for Vertiv. “It is clear, however, that many organisations are lagging on that front. With that in mind, we anticipate considerable investment and activity among businesses trying to catch up and get ahead of the changes.”

Results also show that 92% of CIOs and CTOs say their business will require faster download and response times in the near future ,and 63% say they have difficulty meeting bandwidth needs at all times.

Security (45%) and bandwidth (43%) are the two areas most in need of upgrades.

Security (43%), backup and emergency preparedness (33%), the ability to implement new technologies (28%) and bandwidth (27%) were the most commonly identified features that will give businesses a competitive advantage.

Respondents are bullish on self-configuring and self-healing data centres. About a quarter (24%) said more than half of their data centres will be self-configuring by 2025, and 32% said more than half would be self-healing.

“In Asia, we are seeing growing interest and attention among organisations in future-proofing their critical infrastructure to adapt to the expanding connectivity and network requirements,” said Tony Gaunt, senior director for cloud, hyperscale and colocation at Vertiv in Asia & India.

“But there is much work that still needs to be done,” said Gaunt. “There is a need to reexamine existing strategies and continuously improve upon them to achieve business success.”