Network Connectivity and Resiliency Are Top Data Center Priorities

May 13, 2014

In a recent survey of data center trends in North America, we learned what was driving IT infrastructure investment for mid-market clients. Network connectivity options are a top priority in data center investment decisions (82 percent), followed by resiliency level and availability of the data center facility (80 percent), the level of control over the facility (78 percent), and access to cloud and other partners (75 percent).

Also, of the businesses surveyed:

  • 88 percent are planning to expand within the next four years
  • 53 percent require 2,000 square feet or more of data center space
  • 41 percent currently have at least four data centers

Here’s what Interim CEO Bill Stein said about the findings:

“We feel the results of this survey validate our understanding of the requirements of our midmarket clients. Our midmarket clients are increasingly seeking a single source for all their data center requirements, including not just power, space, cooling, and connectivity, but also access to strategic partners such as cloud services, network services, and managed service providers. The recent introduction of our Digital Partner Network, which was kicked off by our alliances with tw telecom and Level 3 Communications connecting our facilities to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, is an important step in this direction.”

The survey, conducted on our behalf by Forrester Consulting, focused on midmarket firms (up to $500 million in revenue). Sophia Vargas of Forrester and Matt Miszewski of Digital Realty will discuss the findings in a webinar on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 9:00 PT/12:00 ET (you can register here: http://events.digitalrealty.com/forrester-webinar).

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