Location, location, location could well be the mantra for UK firms when they consider their datacentre purchasing options according to new research from datacentre solutions specialists Sentrum.
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The survey revealed that the key criteria for companies in formulating strategies for datacentre expansion or consolidation are number of sites (36%), location (32%), timescales (27%) and proximity to fibre (26%). Surprisingly, said Sentrum, availability of power and real estate market conditions were considered as key criteria by only 16%. Only 15% of firms were considering all six key criteria nearly half did not deem it important to factor-in consistently any of these criteria in to the decision making process.
A third of firms cited economic reasons for any potential datacentre moves with 38% of large companies saying that they would consider locating their datacentre further away from existing premises if they were able to reduce power consumption by 25–30% per annum. On average, companies were located 97 miles away from their datacentre.
In terms of attitudes towards choosing a third-party operator to assist in building or developing a data centre, the report showed that experience (58%) and cost (57%) are rated far higher than speed (18%).