Only 11% say spending will decrease (2% Significant Decrease; 9% Slight) – 1-pt improved from previously.
Datacenter Facilities vs. IT Infrastructure Spending: Next 90 Days
How does spending on datacenter facilities compare with IT infrastructure spending (i.e., spending on servers, networking equipment, and other IT hardware)?
Infrastructure spending growth is quite similar to that of datacenter facilities – with 33% of respondents reporting an increase for the next 90 days and 14% a decrease.
However, we note that overall IT infrastructure spending has declined from a year ago.
Distribution of IT and Facilities Budget. Respondents were asked how their overall IT and facilities budgets are distributed across specific categories. Staffing/Labor Costs (34%) tops the list, but IT Infrastructure Hardware (17%) and Software and Applications (17%) are tied for second, followed by Datacenters and Facilities (16%).
Budget Spending Changes. On average, respondents expect their organization’s Cloud Services spending to increase 5.8% over the next 90 days. Storage (4.6%) is the second largest increase, followed by Networking (4.5%) and Software and Applications (4.5%).
Top Datacenter Priorities
Respondents were asked about their highest priority datacenter projects and Improving Existing IT Asset Utilization (60%; up 9 pts) is on top. Datacenter Consolidation (28%; down 2 pts) is a distant second, followed by Aligning Datacenter Processes Across IT and Facilities Groups (26%; down 2 pts).
Organizations were also asked about their most important IT environment goal over the next 90 days. Nearly 1-in-4 respondents (23%) want to Improve Reliability and Availability (23%), and another 23% said Respond Faster to Business Needs (23%). Decrease Costs (19%) was also a top goal.
Datacenter Capacity Issues
What will organizations do if they run out of floor space or power capacity at their datacenter facilities?
A total of 38% say they would Consolidate IT Infrastructure to Accommodate Power and/or Space Availability (38%). Another one-in-three (33%) would Utilize Off-Premises Public Cloud Providers (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, Hosted Private Cloud) and one-in-ten (30%) would Expand an Existing Datacenter.
A Closer Look at Colocation Spending
Colocation sites are typically used as supplementary or complementary IT deployment locations. Among organizations that use a colo provider, 79% also have their own facility and just 21% do not (i.e., use colocation and/or cloud services).
Colocation Spending. One-in-four (26%) say their organization’s spending on colocation will increase over the next 90 days versus just 9% who say spending will decrease.
Colo Provider Selection Criteria. Respondents were asked to rate which criteria are most importance when selecting a colocation provider.
Security Capabilities (8.7) ranks as the most important criteria, followed closely by Redundancy of the Facility (8.5), Quality of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) (8.4), and Latency of Network Connectivity to/from the Datacenter (8.4).
Additional Colo Services. Customers report they are most interested in receiving 24/7 Onsite Technical Staff (7.2) from their colocation provider, followed by Choice of Bandwidth/Network Providers at the Facility (7.0), and Availability of Industry Compliance Certifications (7.0).
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