Cloud computing is having a major impact on traditional data center operations, with more than 70 percent of respondents to a survey saying they have implemented cloud technology or are considering it.

According to the survey, conducted by data center industry association AFCOM, cloud computing is invoking sweeping changes throughout data center operations.

“In an environment where change is an accepted part of day-to-day life, it is important to recognize how data center managers are adapting to the new technologies and directions emerging in the industry,” Jill Yaoz, AFCOM chief executive officer, said in releasing the results. AFCOM interviewed 358 data center managers for the survey.

AFCOM said when it last conducted a survey in October of 2009, very few data centers were interested in the cloud, let alone adopting it. However, now “cloud computing is quickly becoming a new standard of operation.”

AFCOM said in its previous survey only 14.9% of data centers had implemented cloud computing in some shape or form. In the latest survey it found that percentage had grown to 36.6% with another 35.1% seriously considering cloud technology.

Based on this trajectory, it believes that within the next five years 80 to 90 percent of data centers will have adopted cloud computing.

Other key findings from the report include:

  • Bigger is still better. Despite a recent down economy, data center managers report their facilities continue to expand with 44.2% occupying more floor space than three years ago. A further 49.4% said they are in the process of expanding or plan to in the near future. Only 16.4% have downsized.
  • Biometric security use is expanding. Use of biometric screening for authorization and access has grown significantly, with 25 percent of managers reporting use of the technology in their installations.



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