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Research Points to Increased Focus on Value and Innovation in the Data Center
Independent research commissioned by Zenium Technology Partners (www.zeniumdatacenters.com) suggests that the determination to demonstrate value and deliver innovation to the business is competing with traditional ‘reasons to outsource’ data center requirements.

According to the report - ‘Managing Growth, Risk & the Cloud’ - 86% of respondents felt that data center outsourcing is the most effective way to manage core IT infrastructure, enabling organisations to focus on demonstrating value and innovation to the business. Indeed 73% reported that outsourcing enabled them to increase the amount of time they were able to devote to this kind of work, with the average increase in available time cited as 24%.

Interestingly the positive impact of outsourcing has been especially pronounced in Turkey, with 81% of respondents saying they have seen an increase in time they have available for value-add work, and on average they have seen an increase of 34%.

Commenting on the research, Franek Sodzawiczny, CEO & Founder of Zenium Technology Partners, said: “At a time of increased globalisation, advancements in technology and the relentless move to the cloud, it should be no surprise that 46% of those surveyed want to free up IT staff by outsourcing core data center requirements. New and innovative ways to support mission critical business systems must be developed if we are to harness the full potential of the cloud, for example, and this can only be achieved if IT staff have the time to explore and exploit new developments for the benefit of the business as a whole.”

The standard motivations to outsource data center requirements remain constant – cost reduction (61%), improved resilience/up time (49%), connectivity (41%), scalability (37%) – but 87% of respondents also regard outsourcing as the most effective way to demonstrate accountability and compliance to the board, in relation to energy efficiency, carbon footprint, security and resilience.

It is also worth noting that 86% of respondents think that companies that outsource benefit from having access to more sophisticated and advanced infrastructure than their budgets would otherwise allow.

“The level of investment and expertise required to deliver and maintain modern data center infrastructure should not be underestimated,” added Sodzawiczny. “The pressure on IT professionals to respond to new legislation, challenging targets and the changing needs of the business is immense so it makes total sense to find a long term data center partner that can help companies meet these challenges and innovate at the same time.”
Published Wednesday, July 08, 2015 6:52 AM by David Marshall
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