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Uptime Institute research: 65% of enterprise applications still run in private datacentres

According to the Uptime Institute’s seventh annual industry survey, enterprise-owned datacentres and colocation facilities remain primary compute venue for many organisations

While the hype surrounding cloud computing shows no signs of abating, Uptime Institute research suggests the majority of enterprise workloads and applications remain housed in private datacentres.

The think-tank’s seventh annual Datacentre industry survey, which features responses from 1,000 IT professionals from across the globe, reveals the percentage of workloads hosted in enterprise-owned datacentres remains at 65% – and has done since 2014.

While enterprises are increasingly looking to experiment with cloud, enterprise-owned datacentres and colocation facilities are still considered to be the primary compute venue for many organisations, the report states.

The results suggest the average enterprise continues to run about two-thirds of their IT assets out of their own datacentre, while 22% make use of colocation or multi-tenanted facilities instead. Meanwhile, just 13% of respondents said they have deployed workloads in the cloud.

The findings may come as something as a surprise to some, given the sheer number of publicly listed IT suppliers that have seen their financial results bolstered of late by the growing demand for cloud-based services.  

However, there are a number of other pieces of feedback, unearthed in the report that strongly suggest enterprises will remain wedded to their private datacentre investments for a long time to come.

Some 75% of respondents said their datacentre budgets have either risen or remained at a consistent level over the past 12 months.

Matt Stansberry, senior director of content and publications at the Uptime Institute, said while enterprise-owned datacentre remain an important part of organisation’s overall IT strategies, organisations are increasingly widening the range of environments they use to host and house their IT assets.

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“The survey findings reflect several key trends that are acting together as a powerful catalyst for change in the industry. Increased performance at the processor level, further expansion of server virtualisation, and the adoption of cloud computing have all created an IT foundation that differs greatly from those seen just 5 years ago,” he said.

“Through this change, enterprise-owned datacentres have remained a central component. We urge datacentre and IT professionals to focus on the business aspects of running their IT foundation, creating sets of repeatable processes to make it work efficiently and adopting new technologies and solutions when the business demands it.”

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