Corporate Datacenter Trends
Datacenter Spending Flat – Aging Infrastructure Drives Refresh

 


About This Report: A December survey of 1,144 members of the 451 Global Digital Infrastructure Alliance focused on key enterprise datacenter trends – including overall facilities spending, top priorities and vendor preferences

 

Overall IT Spending – Next 90 Days. Overall IT spending for the next 90 days was up 3-pts from the June 2016 survey, according to 37% of respondents. Another 16% expect a decrease.

Datacenter vs. IT Infrastructure Spending. A comparison of datacenter facility and IT infrastructure spending over the next 90 days shows that overall IT infrastructure spending will increase at a higher rate (12-pts) compared to datacenter spending.

Top Datacenter Priorities. Respondents were asked about their highest-priority projects for datacenters, and Improving Existing IT Asset Utilization (44%, down 2-pts) remains at the top of the list. Datacenter Consolidation (26%, up 1-pt) is a distant second, followed by Upgrading/Retrofitting an Existing Facility (23%), which is up 4-pts from the previous survey.

Facilities in Use. Server Closets (18.1) and Server Rooms (10.6) are the most common IT facilities currently in use, with Local Datacenters (3.4) a distant third. On average, companies of all sizes operate less than 2 Centralized (1.7) and Regional (1.9) datacenters.

Top UPS and PDU Vendors. Three players topped the list for uninterruptable power supply (UPS) and power distribution units (PDUs) solutions. Schneider Electric is first with 55% of respondents selecting it for UPS and another 48% for PDUs. Emerson is second with 29% (UPS) and 31% (PDU). Eaton is a distant third.

By Tracy Corbo

Overall IT 90-Day Spending Trends

We asked respondents about their organizations’ overall IT spending and found 37% expect it to increase over the next 90 days – up 3-pts from the June 2016 survey. Another 16% expect a decrease, which is unchanged from the previous survey.

Datacenter 90-Day Spending Trends

Datacenter vs. Overall IT Spending. A comparison of datacenter facility and IT infrastructure spending over the next 90 days shows that overall IT infrastructure spending will increase at a higher rate (13-pts) compared to datacenter spending.

Datacenter Spending Trends. A longitudinal look at datacenter 90-day spending trends over the last 17 months shows a slight increase (up 3-pts) in spending from November 2015.

Budget Allocations. Nearly one-third (30%) of the overall 2016 IT and facilities budget is allocated to IT Staff/Labor Costs. Software and Applications (15%) and Datacenters and Facilities (13%) are a more distant second and third.

Top Datacenter Priorities and Refresh Drivers

Respondents were asked about their highest-priority projects for datacenters, and Improving Existing IT Asset Utilization (44%, down 2-pts) remains at the top of the list. Datacenter Consolidation (26%, up 1-pt) is a distant second. Upgrading/Retrofitting an Existing Facility (23%, up 4-pts) jumps ahead of Aligning Datacenter Processes Across IT & Facilities Groups (22%) to third place.

Refresh Drivers. In terms of the drivers for a datacenter refresh, 58% of respondents said its Aging Infrastructure, followed by Increased Demands From the Business (46%) and Increased Storage Requirements (33%).

Datacenter and Facilities Trends

Types of Datacenters. Server Closets (18.1) and Server Rooms (10.6) are the most common IT facilities currently in use, with Local Datacenters (3.4) a distant third. On average companies of all sizes operate less than 2 Centralized (1.7) and Regional (1.9) datacenters.

Respondents were asked at which location they deployed applications over the last 12 months, and Centralized Datacenters tops the list (51%) followed by Hosted Infrastructure or Public Cloud (27%) and Software as a Service (23%).

A closer look at the three types of datacenters by company size shows that Local Datacenters (11.1) are popular with very large organizations with more than 10,000 employees.

Datacenter and Facilities Equipment Vendors

Finally, respondents were asked to select their top two preferred vendors for a variety of datacenter and equipment categories.

Top UPS and PDU Vendors. Three players topped the list for Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) and Power Distribution Units (PDUs) solutions. Schneider Electric is first with 55% of respondents selecting it for UPS and another 48% for PDUs. Emerson is second with 29% (UPS) and 31% (PDU). Eaton is a more distant third.

Air Conditioners/Handlers. For air conditioners and handlers, the competition is more widely distributed: Emerson (36%) earns the tops spot followed by Schneider Electric (APC) (16%) and Johnson Controls (14%).

Cabinets and Racks. Although Schneider Electric (23%) once again tops the list, the margins are much tighter and the market more fragmented. Dell (22%) came in a very close second followed more distantly by HPE (14%). Another 57% selected a wide variety of other vendors.

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