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Business continuity one of the key drivers of growth in the Australian data centre market

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. has released Australia-specific findings following its annual commissioned survey of Asia Pacific data centre trends conducted by Forrester Consulting.

According to the survey, 76 percent of Australian organizations expect to increase spending on data centre facilities over the next 12 months, with 59 percent of respondents expecting to increase spending by 5 – 10 percent and 17 percent of respondents expecting to increase spending by more than 10 percent.

Big Data was cited as the key driver of data centre growth in Australia by over half (51 percent), followed by virtualization (39 percent) and business continuity (37 percent).
Additional findings from the survey include:

  • CIOs continue to have the strongest influence on data centre spend in Australia with over half (52 percent) of respondents identifying the CIO or most senior IT decision maker as influencing the decision, closely followed by the CEO (46 percent) and the IT VP/manager/director (46 percent).
  • Over half (52 percent) of Australian organizations surveyed have between one to four data centres.
  • Exactly half of respondents (50 percent) cited the need to expand space and number of cabinets/racks as the main reason their data centre facilities are running out of capacity.

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