State of the Data Center 2010
Symantec’s annual report produced some intriguing and perhaps unexpected results.
Perhaps most interesting to us in the data center migration business is that cloud computing is not high on the list of priorities for the 1,780 respondents to the report’s survey questions (respondents from 573 businesses in 26 countries). Concerns like security, backup and disaster recovery, and continuous data protection are currently much more highly prioritized in data centers.
As important to nearly everyone asked as these items are, it sounds like disaster recovery plans need some work. Although 80% of respondents said they have confidence in their plan, a third said they haven’t updated it in a year, and another third admitted that their plan is undocumented or otherwise needs work.
Also interesting is that mid-size data centers seem to be the most happening ones out there – they’re most likely to implement new technologies. Apparently this was Symantec’s first time including small and mid-sized data centers in the survey, and doing so provided some very interesting data.
Popular objectives for 2010 included reducing costs, improving responsiveness, and improving service levels.
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