40% more concerned than ever about the threat of data breaches at their organisation
47% were however clear that their data centres had improved in efficiency over the last two years. Only 7% admitted that the efficiency of their data centre has declined.
Chris Wellfair, Projects Director at Secure I.T. Environments added, “It is surprising that so many organisations do not understand the energy usage and efficiency of their data centres, because it can tell them a lot about their infrastructure. Regular monitoring of key performance indicators across the data centre can not only improve efficiency, but lower costs, identify failing equipment, and improve maintenance regime.”
The big worries
The survey asked about the biggest ICT worries respondents have over the coming three years, with the top concern (47%) stated as the “lack of budget available for data centre management and/or infrastructure upgrades”. Energy efficiency was next with 33% stating they were concerned about their “ability to demonstrate improved ICT energy efficiency”. Joint third place (30%) was budget allocation for software and systems developments, and finding/recruiting qualified ICT staff.
Data breach woes
40% of respondents said they were more concerned than ever about the threat of a data breach, when asked about how security concerns had changed over last year. 24% felt that the security threats they faced had not increased, this despite increasing reports of DDoS and other attacks that have been much larger than anything seen before – some over 500 Gbps in recent months.
Priorities with limited budgets
Security (38%) was given as the greatest priority for organisations when facing limited budgets, followed by the upgrade or ICT systems and infrastructure (29%) and maintenance of ICT systems and infrastructure (26%).
Chris Wellfair added, “Security remains important to the data centre community, with data breaches the biggest concern. It is important that those with responsibility for personally identifiable information in data centres protect against internal and external risks of data breaches and remember that the physical protection of the data centre is as important as the online threat.”
The survey was conducted amongst 100 UK IT decision makers and C-level executives with responsibility for data centres. It was conducted in Q1 2017.
About Secure I.T. Environments Ltd
Secure I.T. Environments Ltd is a UK company specialising in the design and build of energy efficient internal/external secure modular data centres, containerised data centres and infrastructure. Secure IT Environments Ltd has established an enviable relationship with its clients based on trust, mutual respect, working as a team with the client and proven performance.
The company offers a “Total Solutions Package” to the private, healthcare, education and government sectors, as well as co-hosting companies in the UK and offshore, by way of design, implementation and installation management services for projects from small stand-alone computer rooms to large public sector contracts and co-hosting locations. All rooms are designed to meet the latest BS476/EN1047 standards, now regarded as the benchmark standard for new data centres being installed throughout the UK and Europe.
Secure I.T. Environments’ primary aim is to ensure that clients’ critical hardware is protected against all external threats in a Green Data Centre. To this end the company has established long-standing partnerships with its manufacturers, who are at the forefront of R&D, to ensure the highest level of physical protection and energy efficiency is maintained.