Nearly half of UK firms ignoring key criteria for datacentre purchase

Geography figuring highly with UK firms as they assess datacentre options

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.

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%).

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