Uptime Institute reveals results of 3rd data center industry survey

Aug. 8, 2013
The results show third-party data center operators are receiving the bulk of data center budgets, and that DCIM adoption is also on the rise.

Uptime Institute has announced the complete results of its third annual data center industry survey, developed to collect data on an annual basis around digital infrastructure deployment trends, procurement plans, operations and management practices, and other topics that impact the mission-critical data center industry.

Uptime Institute gathered responses via email throughout Spring 2013 from 1,000 data center facilities operators, IT managers and senior executives from around the globe. As in previous surveys, the sample is heavily represented by large data center operators in North America with a growing number of respondents from Europe, Asia and Latin America.

"One of the most significant points in the survey, data center budgets are growing overall, but the vast majority of growth is occurring in the third-party providers, reflecting a shift in spending away from enterprise-owned data centers and toward outsourced options," comments Matt Stansberry, Uptime Institute Director of Content and Publications.

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Stansberry continues, "This isn't the end of the enterprise-owned data center, but it should serve as a wakeup call. Going forward, enterprise data center managers will need to be able to collect cost and performance data, and articulate their value to the business in order to compete with third-party offerings."

Key findings of the survey also included the following:

-- Data center budgets: 77% of third-party data center providers receiving large (10% or more) year-over-year budget increases this year, versus just 47% of enterprise data centers.

-- Self-reported PUE improved from 1.89 in 2012 to 1.65.

-- The percentage of companies pursuing green data center certifications like the US Green Building Council's LEED program or Energy Star grew from 48% in 2012 to 58% in 2013.

-- Enterprise public cloud adoption rose from 10% in 2012 to 17% in 2013.

-- Reported DCIM software adoption is 38% among respondents, with the major driver being capacity planning.

-- Prefab modular data center growth has stalled out, and adoption is still in the single digits.

Complimentary access to the full report is now available for download with registration at the Uptime Institute's website.

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