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Despite sluggish business growth and worries about the direction of the economy, businesses are continuing a slow investment in the building out of their data centers. That’s the finding of the Uptime Institute, a division of the 451 Group. Those results are a part of the Upteim Institute second annual survey on the data center industry, a survey that involved data centers from 1100 government and industry organizations.
Matt Stansberry, director of content and publications for the Uptime Institute, explained that businesses continue to invest in data centers despite tough economic times by saying that ”compute demands, and the associated rising data center costs and investments, will not be put on hold by economic downturns or market volatility… People still need to keep running their businesses, applications keep growing; you want to keep getting new customers.”
80 percent of those surveyed say that they’ve been investing in their data centers during each of the last five years, but even so, most feel that continued investments are still needed to keep pace. Many say that keeping up with increasing power, cooling and space capacity demands is extremely challenging.
Other results from the survey include :
- 55 percent have increased their data center budgets in 2011
- 50 percent are using private clouds
- 25 percent rely on some amount of public cloud infrastructure
- Increasingly, data centers are being built out using modular deployment. Modular deployment doubled in usage in 2011, and now 9 percent of all deployments are modular.