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Data Centers' Business Priorities in 2013

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-02-2013 Print

They'd like to find better ways to increase the agility of their operations, to help their organizations adeptly adjust to rapidly shifting business conditions. They seek new options to do more with less--as in less energy usage. And they realize they face a talent exodus due to baby boomer retirements, and must get more creative in recruiting, retaining and training new employees. In this case, we're referring to data center professionals and the top business-focused action steps on their "to do" list for 2013, according to a recent survey from the Uptime Institute Network. Overall data center traffic will increase at a 33% compounded annual rate through 2015, reaching 4.8 zettabytes within that time frame, according to research from Cisco. Given this demand, the Uptime Institute Network serves as a knowledge community of data center professionals to identify and share best practices, quantify metrics, and improve data center availability as a resource for core business functions. This list represents the most pressing business issues that members will attempt to resolve for the year ahead. Data center owners and operators from 100 companies participated in the survey.


Strategic Planning
59% of data center owners and operators say better strategies are required to increase agility in light of the changing business and IT environment, boosting flexibility for existing and future business needs.


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