1 . An accelerated focus on Digital Transformation ( 46 % of respondents reported this ) 2 . Increased security concerns ( 44 %) 3 . Increased demand for application availability ( 31 %)
These are , by no means , new problems for data centres , but the difference is they are now growing more rapidly than before . Alongside pandemic-induced acceleration of digital technology , organisations had to speed up their Digital Transformation . As a result , demands are outstripping IT teams ’ ability to deliver in many cases .
What ’ s most disrupting technical teams
Unsurprisingly , IT management ’ s core principles are repeatedly featured among the top challenges their technical teams face . For example , with security concerns prioritised , related issues like protecting the business from downtime and meeting delivery commitments are also being worked on , with 45 % and 40 % of respondents , respectively , reporting these as top considerations . However , these aren ’ t the only challenges technical teams face .
In this period of rapid change , data centres are increasingly relied upon by organisations and Internet-of-Things ( IoT )
ecosystems . Not only do they have many working parts that need to function to satisfy customer expectations , but they must also be operational around the clock . This requires teams to also be constantly available , in case of problems , and working to get ahead of risks .
New simulation software , like Cadence ’ s data centre digital twin , are key tools that will help its team to future-proof infrastructure , improve cross-functional collaboration and mitigate risk .
The capacity challenge in transformation
Two-thirds of technical professionals identified that their organisation ’ s Digital Transformation strategy was accelerated over the past couple of years , stemming from business needs created by the pandemic . Demand for capacity has been identified as the biggest driver of change , with over a third of technical professionals admitting that this acceleration will require them to build a new data centre .
With businesses lacking in capacity , bottlenecks have been increasing . A lack of available space was by far the most common reason ( reported by 50 %), but technical professionals also cited thermal limitations ( 25 %) and a lack of power ( 21 %) as reasons .
Are data centre budgets also going through transformation ?
The research uncovered that over half of technical professionals saw their
FACED WITH A COMPLETE UPHEAVAL OF WORKING MODELS DURING THE PANDEMIC , BUSINESSES DEPLOYED TECHNOLOGY THAT WOULD OTHERWISE NOT HAVE BEEN DUE UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF THE DECADE .