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Research: 2014 State of the Data Center

Jul 12, 2014

Data Center Overhaul

The data center is full of nonstop action. In the physical infrastructure, SDN is disrupting networking, flash is shaking up storage, and hypervisors have revolutionized how we buy servers. For managers, DevOps and Lean business models are changing attitudes and application strategies. And of course, cloud is everywhere.

All 217 respondents to our new State of the Data Center Survey are involved with data center management or decision-making at organizations with data centers of 1,000 square feet or larger. Among them:

>> 73% see demand for data center resources increasing over the previous year.

>> 41% expect to have 75% or more of their organizations' production servers virtualized by the end of 2015.

>> 37% say storage growth will have the greatest impact on data center operations in the coming 12 months.

>> 34% call private cloud a high priority and say their companies are there or well along the way; that’s up from 27% in our 2013 survey.

In this report, we:

>> Discuss the most significant finding: Less interest in bottom-line cost and more focus on extracting business value by following the lead of major cloud providers.

>> Unpack our survey to find out, Why is private cloud growing and public cloud slowing? What's the future for technologies like SDN, object storage, and converged infrastructure?

Respondent breakdown: 39% have 5,000 or more employees; 27% are over 10,000. Education, government, healthcare, and financial services are well-represented; and 51% are IT director/manager or IT executive management (C-level/VP) level. (R8020714)

Survey Name InformationWeek 2014 State of the Data Center Survey
Survey Date June 2014
Region North America
Number of Respondents 217
Purpose To comprehensively assess the current state of data centers; understand data center resource constraints; and review efforts to monitor, manage, and measure IT and data center systems
Methodology InformationWeek surveyed business technology decision-makers at North American companies with data centers of 1,000 square feet or larger. The survey was conducted online, and respondents were recruited via an email invitation containing an embedded link to the survey. The email invitation was sent to qualified InformationWeek subscribers.

Research Report