Sentrum, a specialist in data centre solutions, has confirmed that findings from an independent research report show that UK businesses are embracing outsourcing as a viable and responsible approach to meeting ongoing data centre requirements.
The survey reveals that of the 100 companies questioned, 43 per cent already outsource data centre space and of those that do 28 per cent have done so for the first time in the last twelve months. Interestingly, 35 per cent of companies currently not outsourcing data centre space requirements have plans to do so in the future.
In the current financial climate it appears that more businesses than ever are considering adopting an outsourced approach to a managed data centre facility. UK businesses that already embrace outsourcing data centre requirements, have on average, placed 53 per cent of their organisation’s requirements into the hands of specialist third party operators. This suggests that businesses are starting to recognise the flexibility that customised packages, available from third parties providers, bring when an organisation is looking to manage increasing data demands but is working with constrained budgets. 79 per cent of IT managers also do not believe outsourcing data centre space means relinquishing control. In fact, 21 per cent believed it actually provided increased control when planning policies to manage IT expansion and/or consolidation.
“There are many powerful economic arguments in favour of working within an outsourced environment,” said Andy Ruhan, CEO at Sentrum. “In today’s market with financial pressures facing many firms, now is just the right time for outsourcing to become this season’s business essential”.
“Data today is seen as a business critical asset in any corporation and the demand for greater levels of data storage and processing are not going to go away despite the current market downturn,” Ruhan continued. “Businesses need to continue to plan for the future and the trend that the research clearly shows is that most currently have plans to outsource at least some data centre space within the next year.”