IT professionals rate security, power issues and prices as their main criteria when choosing a datacentre.
A Telehouse survey of 100 IT professionals found that security (28%) and price (26%) were the two factors organisations most look for when choosing a datacentre, followed by power (16%).
Although demand for datacentre space is at a premium, the survey revealed that IT professionals would look elsewhere unless datacentre providers offered a service with a suitable level of security and power at a competitive price.
The survey showed that most organisations questioned were looking to expand their datacentre requirements, adding to the current capacity crunch and putting more pressure on UK datacentre providers.
Of those surveyed, 83% stated that access to additional datacentre capacity before 2012 was either critical or important to their business. Traditionally, finance companies have required huge amounts of datacentre space to meet legislative guidelines but, according to the BroadGroup, demand from other sectors is increasing as they introduce new services. For instance, online media companies are driving up datacentre power requirements.
Telehouse is building an £80m datacentre in London - the Telehouse West facility - which is due to go live in April. Located in the Docklands, the facility will provide 19,000 square metres of secure datacentre space for UK businesses. Telehouse said Telehouse West is the first major datacentre to gain planning permission in London since stringent sustainability requirements were written into the city's legislation.