Results from the 2012 Uptime Institute Data Center Industry Survey

In its second year, the Uptime Institute Survey shows some surprising information for industry watchers and vendors. The survey covers 4 key areas: Cloud Computing, Energy, Modular, and DCIM.

  • In general, the survey seems to indicate that data center budgets are growing slightly and that data center capacity is increasing.
  • Finding ways to reduce energy consumption or more effectively use energy was a major priority for over half of the respondents, but there is little financial incentive to do so.
  • Large organizations with over 2000 servers are most focused on analyzing energy usage with almost 90% measuring PUE and half of them doing it in a very detailed fashion. In smaller datacenters with fewer than 500 servers only 18% had any PUE focus.
  • The global average of the PUE numbers the repsondents were seeing was reported at between 1.8 and 1.9. This is a major reduction from the PUE of 2.5 reported in the survey in 2011.
  • With modular datacenters, the number of users had doubled since the last survey. But one has to keep in mind, that with only 8% reporting use, it still represents a small percentage of data center operations.
  • While almost no one surveyed wasn’t interested in some aspect of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM), and a fair percentage were already using tools that could be described as DCIM, there was no single concerted focus on what DCIM needed to be deployed.

The entire report can be downloaded here.

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