Rising amounts of data create such constant demands that most executives feel some of their organizations’ data centers will run out of power, cooling, or space by the end of 2014, according to a study by Siemens, UBM Tech and Information Week Marketing Services (“The State Of Data Center Revolution”). However, because of budget issues, most respondents will not invest in new data centers, but are planning on upgrading existing facilities.
Conducted in April, the study takes an in-depth look at how IT decision makers rate the challenges they face, as they ramp up data centers to handle fast growing volumes of data. Among the key findings:
- 17 percent are actively planning or undertaking to build a new data center. However, over the next two years,
- 29 percent of respondents say they plan to perform a major upgrade on one or more data centers and
- 20 percent would consolidate data centers into fewer facilities. Meanwhile,
- 18 percent plan only to maintain their current data centers without significantly upgrading hardware.
Yet a surprisingly large number of respondents – almost 50% – had no idea what percentage of their data center’s total cost of ownership is comprised of energy costs. IT professionals are aware of how to make data centers greener, but they often fail to track critical metrics like power usage effectiveness (PUE), key performance indicators or cost of energy as closely or consistently as they should, the survey found.