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Data centres’ business priorities in 2013

Date: 14th January 2013

They’d like to find better ways to increase the agility of their operations, to help their organisations adeptly adjust to rapidly shifting business conditions. They seek new options to do more with less – as in less energy usage. And they realise they face a talent exodus due to baby boomer retirements, and must get more creative in recruiting, retaining and training new employees. In this case, we’re referring to data centre professionals and the top business-focused action steps on their “to do” list for 2013, according to a recent survey from the Uptime Institute Network.

Overall data centre traffic will increase at a 33% compounded annual rate through 2015, reaching 4.8 zettabytes within that time frame, according to research from Cisco. Given this demand, the Uptime Institute Network serves as a knowledge community of data centre professionals to identify and share best practices, quantify metrics, and improve data centre availability as a resource for core business functions. This list represents the most pressing business issues that members will attempt to resolve for the year ahead. Data centre owners and operators from 100 companies participated in the survey.

Keysource says: These priorities are certainly in line with what our customers are talking about and reflect the challenges facing owners and operators in terms of efficiency, capacity, measurement and flexibility. The increased reliance on data centres during 2013, along with need for better tools and people, is likely to see greater interest and adoption of Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solutions.

DCIM is a process that integrates physical M&E infrastructure with the technology infrastructure to centralize monitoring, management and intelligent capacity planning of a data centre’s critical systems. It provides a single platform for real-time monitoring and management of all interdependent systems and assets, delivering a range of business and operational benefits.


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