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Data Centers in 2021

Data Centers in 2021

Have your data center priorities changed? Benchmark where you’re at with data centers against your peers.

Which of the following best describes the infrastructure of your organization's data center?

18%On-prem
13%Private cloud
60%Hybrid cloud
9%Public cloud
0%Not sure
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How satisfied are you with your data center?

12%Very satisfied
69%Satisfied
15%Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied
5%Dissatisfied
0%Very dissatisfied
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Are you concerned about any of the following with your data center? (Select all that apply)

31%Lack of performance isolation (difficult to provide predictable quality of service)
56%Security risks
33%App migration/integration
25%Customizability
28%Processes
31%Lack of in-house skills to manage data center infrastructure and operations
24%Limited innovation
43%Costs
20%Recovery protocols
5%None of these
1%Other
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Do any of the following concern you about data centers in general? (Select all that apply)

41%Operational transparency
35%Climate impact (energy efficiency)
43%Network latency
42%Network downtime/outages
41%Network security
29%Backup provisioning
23%Vendor lock-in
41%Rising costs
24%High profile target for cybercrime
4%None of these
0%Other
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Have any of the following areas been a priority for your data center in the past 12 months? (Select all that apply)

43%Modernization
55%Scalability
28%Compute power
17%Edge compute
32%Public cloud migration
29%Agility
38%Disaster recovery (e.g., backups)
18%Skills development
17%Talent acquisition
45%Security
24%Automation
20%Innovation (e.g., introduction of emerging tech such as AI/ML)
23%Cost reductions
1%None of these
0%Other
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Which of the following are you most excited about regarding data center innovation? (Select all that apply)

15%Nonvolatile memory express over fabrics (NVMe-oF)
39%Edge computing
40%AI/ML
18%5G
23%Sustainability-related innovations (e.g., non-conducting liquid cooling)
45%Multi-cloud networking
35%Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI)
36%Containerization (e.g., Kubernetes)
27%Backup as a Service (BaaS)
6%Function accelerator cards (FACs)
23%Data center automation
2%None of these
0%Other
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Are you considering switching your data center vendor?

15%Yes
47%Not actively but I’m willing to consider other vendors
36%No
3%Not sure
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Which of the following are most influential when considering data center vendors? (Select all that apply)

72%Costs
56%Ease of integrations
26%Product roadmap
37%Contract type (subscription, usage/seat-based etc.)
29%Sustainability priorities/goals
38%Peer recommendation
45%Vendor reputation (has the company experienced any security breaches/negative news coverage)
19%Analysis firm research
23%Ongoing management assistance
21%Out-of-the-box capabilities
1%None of these
1%Other
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