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News Release

Dimension Data finds all IT Managers want for Christmas is reduced data centre costs in 2014
Released: 5th December 2013
Publisher: Dimension Data

London, UK 5th December 2013 - An on-the-floor survey conducted by Dimension Data UK at this year’s Gartner Datacenter Summit in London, revealed more than half of key IT decision makers (54%), cannot currently measure their datacenter's economic and financial value. This is despite almost a third making financial efficiency a top investment priority for their datacentre in 2014 and more than a third wishing for a 20% reduction in total cost of ownership from their datacentre for Christmas.

According to Dimension Data, the results show that key IT decision makers attending the event, not only need to be better informed about the ways in which the datacentre can be made more cost efficient through the right IT solutions, but the means in which financial savings can be measured and recognised for the benefit of the business.

Of those polled at the Gartner Datacentre 2013 event:

  • 63% of key IT decision makers said sustainability and financial efficiency were their main investment priorities for the coming year
  • 58% of them did not measure the economic value of their datacentre for the next three to four years, worse still, 19% did not know if they could
  • 40% wished for a 20% reduction in their datacentre’s Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for Christmas, but only 16% wished for a 10 year 100% resilience
  • BYOD (38%), big data (23%) and being cloud-enabled (15%) were top of the buzzwords that key decision makers were most fed up of hearing, with only 4% wanting to invest in becoming mobility enabled as a top priority for the coming year.

There are a variety of IT solutions that can help to benefit the business through the help of an external outsourced partner.

Dave Leyland, Head of Architecture Data Centre and Cloud at Dimension Data comments: “This survey shows that reducing datacentre costs remains a top focus for IT decision makers. But many don’t have visibility into their datacentre operations to truly track expenditure.”

He continues, “When making New Year’s resolutions, IT decision makers should consider a TCO measurement tool to map out costs and help reduce inefficiencies. Costs can also be reduced by outsourcing storage to the cloud, via a converged storage infrastructure or with an automated and virtualised datacentre. Moving to the cloud has a lot of benefits that can be realised such as improved operational efficiency, reduced costs and flexibility to adapt to new applications and technology quickly.”

Notes:
The poll was conducted at Gartner Datacenter Summit, 2013 among 29 IT Managers and key decision makers who attended the summit.

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