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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 15:24

Survey: On-Prem Data Centers Lowest Investment Priority for IT Shops

Investing in private data centers isn’t as much of a priority for IT organizations as it was just several years back. That’s a takeaway from IT researcher Computer Economics’ annual IT Spending and Staffing Benchmarks report, which for 28 years has taken a deep-dive into the financial and strategic management of information technology. For this year’s study, more than 200 IT organizations were surveyed during the first half of 2017.

According to the report, data centers now have the lowest priority for new spending among a list of five categories. Top priority is given to the development of business applications, a category in which 54 percent of respondents plan increased spending. However, only 9 percent have plans to increase data center spending, which the study attributes to increasing reliance on cloud infrastructure, cloud storage, and SaaS, a conclusion borne out by 32 percent of respondents indicating they plan increased spending on network infrastructure.

“As a sign of the data center’s demise as a priority, end-user technology, including PCs and printers, has passed the data center, and for the first time data center is the spending category with the lowest priority,” the report said.