451 Research’s “Voice of the Enterprise (VotE) Datacenters” latest quarterly survey on data center trends indicates that, despite increased investment in cloud and colocation providers, 87% of data center operators surveyed from North America and Europe are maintaining or increasing their data center facility spending, with 25% expecting to increase spending over the next 90 days.
Other key findings of the survey with participants in in Europe and USA include:
- The primary targets for this increased spending are rack and cabling, power equipment and data center infrastructure management software (DCIM).
- Organizations continue to consolidate their local data centers and server rooms in favor of a more centralized model supplemented by colocation and cloud resources. Over the next two years, most organizations expect to close many of their smaller local data centers and server rooms, indicating a continued trend toward fewer overall data center sites.
- The number of premium, centralized data centers – targets for data center consolidation and migration projects – is increasing. While there will be more, larger sites, the total overall data center square footage owned by enterprises is flat worldwide. Of those organizations increasing spending, 37% are doing so to support data center retrofits or upgrade projects. Existing data centers will need to be upgraded, considering 62% of organizations would rather consolidate their IT infrastructure than build a new data center.