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Survey reveals importance of data centres

08 Jul 14

As local enterprises attempt to manage virtualisation and the increasing volumes of Big Data, the role of the data centre is set to become extremely important.

A recent study by Forrester Consulting, commissioned by Digital Realty, polled 245 Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and IT managers across the Asia-Pacific region.

Of those surveyed, 36 were from Australia and were in charge of businesses with more than 1,000 employees.
Over three quarters (76 per cent) of local IT professionals said they would increase data centre spending over the next year. The majority (59 per cent) expect this expenditure to grow by between 5 or 10 per cent and 17 per cent of respondents plan to increase spending by more than 10 per cent.

Around half (52 per cent) of Australian organisations already have between one and four data centres, but these are quickly filling up.

Kris Kumar, senior vice president and regional head, Asia Pacific at Digital Realty believes Australian organisations are beginning to understand what benefits are available through increased data volumes.

"As consumers continue to become more connected and trends such as mobile computing, Big Data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) gain momentum, copious amounts of data are generated which need to be analysed and processed in real-time, highlighting that the role of the data centre has never been so important," he said.

Most (51 per cent) of Australian professionals recognised that Big Data was a key driver behind large data centres. Responses also include virtualisation (39 per cent) and business continuity (37 per cent).

As well as this, 61 per cent of respondents agreed that access to managed service providers or cloud services was important to accompany a capable data centre.

For more information about how data centres can boost your enterprise, contact Mercury IT's expert IT network support team.

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