Data Center Industry Survey 2019

by Uptime Institute

Data Center Industry Survey 2019

Uptime Datacenters released the Ninth Annual Uptime Institute Data Center Survey. The survey provides an overview of the
shape, practices and major trends driving the mission-critical digital infrastructure of today. This survey, the most comprehensive research survey of its kind, was conducted online during March and April 2019 with nearly 1600 participants.

Key findings data center survey 2019

  • The large, privately owned enterprise data center facility still forms the bedrock of corporate IT and is expected to be running half of all workloads in 2021;
  • The staffing problem affecting most of the data center sector has become a crisis. Sixty-one percent (61%) of respondents said they had difficulty retaining or recruiting staff — up from 55% a year earlier;
  • Outages continue to cause significant problems for operators. Just over a third (34%) of all respondents had an outage or severe IT service degradation in the past year, while half (50%) had an outage or severe IT service degradation in the past three years;
  • A lack of visibility, transparency and accountability of public cloud services is a major concern for enterprises with mission-critical applications. A fifth of operators surveyed said they would be more likely to put workloads in a public cloud if there were more visibility. Half of those using public cloud for mission-critical applications also said they do not have adequate visibility;
  • Improvements in data center facility energy efficiency have flattened out and even deteriorated slightly in the past two years. The average PUE for 2019 is 1.67;
  • Kilowatt (kW) rack density is rising, following a long period of flat or minor increases, causing many to rethink cooling strategies. Uptime Intelligence regards this as a medium- to long-term trend.
  • Ten percent (10%) of all respondents said that their most recent significant outage cost more than $1 million (“most recent” could have been at any time in the past).
  • The data center sector continues to be dominated by men. Only five percent (5%) of respondents said women represented 50% or more of staff, while a quarter had no women at all among their build, design or operations staff.

Download the complete survey at the website of Uptime Institute, or click here [pdf].

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