Datacentre staff costs are expected to rise by 10% in large businesses, according to a study from analyst IDC.
The IDC survey of 300 large European businesses found that one in four organisations were managing their servers and storage manually, leading to much higher costs compared with organisations that used some tools.
Only 14% of organisations had a fully integrated management framework. The research found that only 30% of companies saw datacentre operational cost as a priority, with 25% concerned specifically about software licence costs.
Nathaniel Martinez, programme director in IDC's Systems and Infrastructure group, said, "Datacentre managers are much more concerned with finding suppliers that can address the security and availability problems they are experiencing than with ensuring that their datacentre meets the requirements of their business.
"CIOs need to both reduce their operational cost in the datacentre and, importantly, show a stronger plan for how investment in the datacentre contributes to business."
The rapid growth of virtualisation has changed the nature of datacentre management. Chris Ingle, IDC associate vice president, said, "European organisations have moved on in their approach to managing their datacentres, since we last surveyed them in 2006. In particular, virtualisation and automation have brought ways to reduce cost and free up resources. However, there is still considerable potential to reduce cost by improving management."