Date: 6th July 2012
Sentrum has released initial findings from its new research report, which show that outsourcing levels in the data centre sector are continuing to climb. For the first time since Sentrum began investigating the market in 2008, the report has also been extended to include statistics from the US market; enabling Sentrum to now compare and contrast behaviours and trends. Within the UK specifically, the degree to which organisations have outsourced data centre space requirements has fluctuated greatly over the last 5 years. In particular, the sharp rise in 2009 was quickly followed by a fall in 2010. Since 2010 however the sector has been gradually recovering and, today, outsourcing levels are almost back to where they were during the 2009 peak.
“The UK statistics clearly show a solid understanding of the business benefits associated with outsourcing as 78% of respondents stated that they currently outsource all, or part of, their data centre space,” said Franek Sodzawiczny, Chief Development Officer and Co-Founder at Sentrum. “The US market is hardly far behind however at 65% and whilst 35% of respondents from that country are not outsourcing any data centre space requirements at this time, 17% do have plans to do so in the future. This is very promising and shows that the outsourcing market is continuing to move in the right direction.”
Keysource says: We are currently seeing a customer drive to lower capital expenditure and move to operating expenditure, so this move seems to be supported by the increasing growth in outsourcing. It is not yet clear if this down to improved service levels or the desire for companies to outsource for operational reasons, but as additional high performing and energy efficient data centre space becomes available in the marketplace, companies will have more options available.