2012 Data Center Executive Survey

The 2012 Data Center Executive Survey was compiled from feedback gathered at the Data Center Symposium, held September 26-27, and hosted by CXtec and TERACAI.

Results provided insight on data center infrastructure, current and upcoming technologies and trends, and the state of the industry as a whole.

Attendees represented companies in the commercial (48%), healthcare (34%), education (9%) and financial (9%) sectors. Average company size of those represented was 20,000 employees.



Key Findings

Next-Generation Infrastructure

  • 44% of respondents were most concerned with business continuance, disaster recovery, backup and maximizing uptime as they looked to designing their next-gen data center infrastructure.
  • Other concerns were ranked as follows: capital and operational expenses (31%), creating IT agility (19%), and security and compliance (6%)

Fibre Channel

  • 72% are looking forward to adopting some type of converged data center fabric, such as Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). 53% plan on implementation within two years.

Virtualization & Cloud Computing

  • 42% believe virtualization and cloud computing will ultimately drive the adoption of their data center design due to business needs.
  • Others are driven by capital expenses (32%) and operational variables (16%).

Structured Cabling

  • 53% of respondents do not currently follow the Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers (TIA-942) structured cabling standards.