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Business too slow to respond to datacentre needs, survey shows

The world's datacentres are aging and cannot support new technologies or operational demands, but only 36% of organisations are planning replacements, according to a survey by the Aperture Research Institute.

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The world's datacentres are aging and cannot support new technologies or operational demands, but only 36% of organisations are planning replacements, according to a survey by the Aperture Research Institute.

The survey of 600 datacentres worldwide revealed that more than a third were built more than four years ago, which ARI said reflected the challenges many organisations have when coping with the power and cooling demands of modern hardware.

Steve Yellen, principal of ARI, said datacentres typically took an average of three years to build, which "leads us to a worrying conclusion about the future of datacentres and the impact of this lack of foresight."

Yellen said that despite the age and unsuitability of existing datacentres, 87% of organisations had already introduced blade servers and only 59% of planned datacentres would be live in less than three years.

"Installing state-of-the-art equipment in an aging facility will limit the benefits that can be delivered by the new technology, and in some cases, will overload the infrastructure to the point of failure," he said.

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