Due to constantly evolving technologies and trends such as cloud computing, big data and social media, enterprise data centers are also going through a rapid transformation. Recent research has demonstrated that in order to keep up with growing volumes of information and new IT demands, more firms are considering data center growth over the next couple years. However, in order to ensure successful changes, it is critical to seek dba services for support.
A survey conducted by Digital Realty Trust and Campos Research & Analysis found that 98 percent of respondents plan to expand their data centers in 2013 or 2014. The primary reasons for this expansion included the need for increased security, energy efficiency, new applications and services and more storage space. Another key motivator for three in five respondents is the implementation of a private cloud. Michael Foust, chief executive officer of Digital Realty, commented on the findings.
"Data center executives face the need for cost optimization as well as the support of important existing and emerging business initiatives. The strong demand revealed by this survey indicates that senior leaders recognize the importance of data center strategies in meeting these requirements."
Major changes cited by survey respondents included more raised floor space, more power and increased cooling efficiency. Additionally, data center budgets are getting more funds, with an increase from 7.2 percent in 2012 to 7.7 percent this year.
Changes bring challenges
A related report by Sierra Ventures determined that the dramatic shift from legacy systems to innovative solutions has posed both opportunities and challenges for CIOs and CTOs.
"We found that today, CIOs and CTOs have to wear multiple hats, such as being strategic while keeping up with ever-changing technology advances and maintaining legacy systems," said Tim Guleri, managing director of Sierra Ventures. "They have to evaluate risk, be innovative – all while keeping the lights on and the systems up and running. CIOs are changing the way they approach new technologies by sharing and leveraging the risks through strong relationships with VCs and other CIOs in non-competing industries, and we are happy to be partners in this journey."
The most important areas of innovation cited by respondents were big data, mobile devices and cloud computing. Still, major limitations to embracing these trends included a skills shortage, maintenance of legacy systems and scaling and support of new technologies.
As companies look to overcome competitive pressures and drive innovation, database experts will be critical for successfully leveraging the technologies that drive growth.
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