Gartner Research

Staff Productivity Significantly Increases With Data Center Size

Published: 11 October 2013

ID: G00237492

Analyst(s): Jay E. Pultz, Eric Stegman

Summary

Gartner IT Key Metrics Data shows that IT staff productivity clearly increases as the size of data centers increase. Staff is the largest data center expense, and IT leaders need to take this into account when consolidating data centers.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Staff salaries and benefits represent the largest data center expense and the largest economic challenge for IT in meeting budgetary constraints
  • IT leaders with larger data centers have greater staff productivity than smaller ones due to staff specialization, improved software-based tools and more-effective 24/7 coverage
    • Changes to staffing levels, such as downsizing and head count reductions, represent greater challenges to IT leaders than changes to any other data center source

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