Adjusting to Expanding Data Center Demand

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-25-2015 Email

To accommodate the staggering growth of big data, CIOs and other IT decision makers anticipate a significant increase in data center demand, according to a recent survey from Mortenson. The accompanying report, titled "Insights into Executive Challenges: Data Center Decisions," indicates that the majority of organizations have boosted data center capacity over the last five years, and expect to continue doing so for the next five years. Such expansion involves challenges, of course, including difficult decisions about whether to build a new data center, lease from a provider or renovate an existing facility. With many survey respondents dealing with limited budgets and capital, much is on the line in making these choices. "Data center owners and operators face high-stakes challenges, as poor decisions can lead to difficulties that must be dealt with for decades," according to the report. "In our work with data center owners and operators, we witness the perpetual task of assessing the trade-offs between (capital expenditures) and (operating expenditures). Fundamental considerations … become trickier because decisions must be made without fully knowing future requirements." Mortenson is a Minneapolis-based construction and development services company which builds data centers. More than 220 CIOs, IT decision makers and other managers and professionals took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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