Corporate Datacenter Trends
IT Infrastructure Spending Is Strong

 


About This Report: An April survey of 629 members of the 451 Global Digital Infrastructure Alliance focused on key enterprise datacenter trends – including spending, top priorities and workloads.

 

Overall IT vs. IT Infrastructure Spending. Respondents were asked about their organizations’ overall IT and IT infrastructure spending over the next 90 days and found that IT infrastructure spending (41%) was slightly ahead over overall IT spending (38%).

Datacenter vs. IT Infrastructure Spending. A comparison of datacenter facility and IT infrastructure spending over the next 90 days shows that IT infrastructure spending will continue to increase at a higher rate (15-pts) compared to datacenter spending.

Datacenter Priorities. In terms of datacenter priorities over the next 90 days, Improving Existing IT Asset Utilization (50%, up 2-pts) remains at the top of the list. Datacenter Consolidation (22%, down 6-pts and Upgrading/Retrofitting an Existing Facility (22%, up 2-pts) are tied for second.

Adding Capacity. Respondents were asked how they would address a shortage of floor space or power capacity within their datacenters. Expand an Existing Datacenter (31%, up 5-pts), Consolidate IT Infrastructure to Accommodate Power and/or Space Availability (31%, down 3-pts) Utilize Off-Premises Public Cloud Providers (31%, down 6-pts) all topped the list.

By Tracy Corbo

Overall IT vs. IT Infrastructure Spending – Next 90 Days

 

We asked respondents about their organizations’ overall IT and IT infrastructure spending over the next 90 days and found that IT infrastructure spending (41%) was slightly ahead over overall IT spending (38%).

 

 

Datacenter Facility 90-Day Spending Trends

 

A longitudinal look at datacenter 90-day facility spending trends over the last 14 months shows 26% of respondents anticipate an increase in spending – a 5-pt jump from the previous survey in February 2017.

 

Only 8% say spending will decrease – a 3-pt improvement from previously.

Datacenter vs. IT Infrastructure Spending. A comparison of datacenter facility and IT infrastructure spending over the next 90 days shows that IT infrastructure spending will continue to increase at a higher rate (15-pts) compared to datacenter spending.

 

IT Infrastructure Spending. IT infrastructure 90-day spending trends are outpacing both overall IT and datacenter spending. IT infrastructure spending has increased 7-pts from the previous survey, while spending decreases have improved 5-pts.

Datacenter Priorities

 

Respondents were asked about their highest-priority datacenter projects over the next 90 days, and Improving Existing IT Asset Utilization (50%, up 2-pts) remains at the top of the list. Datacenter Consolidation (22%, down 6-pts) and Upgrading/Retrofitting an Existing Facility (22%, up 2-pts) are tied for second. Aligning Datacenter Processes Across IT and Facilities Groups (20%, up 2-pts) is third.

 

Taking a closer look at the top priorities for organizations by size, while Improving Existing IT Asset Utilization is a top priority for organizations of all sizes, it is much less so for very large organizations with over 10,000 employees (36%).

 

At the same time Datacenter Consolidation is a much stronger priority for large (28%) and very large organizations (33%).

 

Deployment Environments and Locations

 

Environments. Respondents were asked which of the following IT environments they were using to support their organizations. The two most common are Own and Operate Server Rooms and/or Closets (61%) and Utilize Cloud Service Providers (53%, down 7-pts) are first and second. Own and Operate Datacenter Facilities (49%, up 1-pt) is third.

Locations. The majority of workloads are still deployed in Company-owned/Leased Datacenters and Facilities (60%) – up 6-pts from the previous survey. SaaS Environments (23%, down 4-pts) is a more distant second and Third-party Managed Service Provider Facilities (15%, down 3-pts) is third.

On-Premises vs. Off-Premises. Currently the majority of workloads are running in On-premises Non-cloud (46%) environments and another 13% of workloads are running Off-premises Non-cloud environments.

In two years, Off-premises Cloud (Hosted Private Cloud, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) is expected to grow to 32% from its current 19%.

Adding Capacity. Respondents were asked how they would address a shortage of floor space or power capacity within their datacenters. Expand an Existing Datacenter (31%, up 5-pts) jumped to the top of the list from the previous survey. Consolidate IT Infrastructure to Accommodate Power and/or Space Availability (31%, down 3-pts) and Utilize Off-Premises Public Cloud Providers (31%, down 6-pts) are both down from the previous survey.

Workloads

 

In terms of current workloads, Email, Unified Collaboration and Productivity Apps (79%) tops the list, followed very closely by Networking (78%) and File, Storage, and Print (77%), which are second and third on the list.

Looking ahead two years, respondents were asked what types of workloads they are planning to add and Big Data (26%) and Data Analytics/Business Intelligence (22%) were the most popular.

Drilling down and looking at the top workloads being added by company size over the next two years indicates that Big Data (40%) is a much higher priority for large companies with 1,000-9,999 employees.

Social Applications (16%) figures more prominently for small companies with less than 249 employees than for larger organizations.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Mobility Management figures more prominently for medium (20%) and large-size (23%) companies.

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