A recent Aperture Research Institute (ARI) survey shows that data centers are aging. The results are based on a detailed survey of more than 100 data center professionals across a range of sectors.


Older data centers are ill-equipped to cope with the intense power and cooling demands of modern hardware. This problem can only get worse as the enterprise continues to adopt high density hardware.


Although 36 percent of respondents are currently building and/or planning new data centers, the long lead times involved could mean organizations run out of capacity before new data centers are ready.


The survey showed that organizations typically operate multiple data centers: over a third (38 percent) of the companies surveyed had more than six distinct data centers and over a quarter (28 percent) utilized more than ten data centers.



Thirty-seven percent of the organizations surveyed admitted to the ARI that they built their most recent data center more than four years ago. Research found that it typically takes two years to complete the build of a new data center. This means that some of the newest data centers in operation were designed up to six years ago. This figure is cause for concern, because most of these data centers will not have been built to the specifications demanded by modern hardware. This presents serious challenges in managing space, power and cooling in the data center, in order to keep the data center functional and serving the business.


The good news is that organizations are starting to respond to this challenge, and 36 percent of the companies surveyed are beginning to build and/or plan new data centers. There is a clear recognition of how new data center operations can help the companies scale to meet future demands, as well as presenting a means for the long-term reduction of energy consumption and overall costs.



The research reveals that many organizations will be unprepared for the challenges ahead. Sixty-four percent of those surveyed are neither planning nor building a data center, which means the data centers at their disposal will be relics, unable to support the latest technology with adequate power and cooling.



For more information, go to www.aperture.com.


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