Survey: Mobile computing, virtualization, cloud increase data center complexity

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[/caption] While the cause of data center complexity stems from a variety of factors, respondents identified implementing an information governance strategy as the main initiative organizations are taking to address data center growing pains. The findings emphasized the importance of taking steps to intelligently manage organizational resources to rein in operational costs and control information growth. ?Businesses in the Philippines today are generating more information and introducing new technologies into the data center. These changes can either work to their advantage, expediting growth, or they could hold these organizations back,? said Luichi Robles, senior country manager of Symantec Philippines. ?The end result is up to the organizations ? through the implementation of controls such as standardization or establishing an information governance strategy, organization can meet the challenges head on to keep information from becoming a liability.? According to the survey, data center complexity impacts all areas of computing, most notably security and infrastructure, as well as disaster recovery, storage, and compliance. Respondents rated complexity across all areas fairly evenly (6.6 or higher out of 10), with security topping the list at 7.1. The average level of complexity for companies around the world was 6.7. On average, organizations in the Americas rated complexity highest, at 7.8, and those in Asia-Pacific/Japan rated it lowest at 6.2. Several factors are driving data center complexity. First, respondents from the Philippines reported they are dealing with an increasing number of applications that they consider to be business-critical. Sixty-seven percent said the number of business-critical applications is increasing or increasing greatly. Other key drivers of data center complexity cited by respondents in the Philippines include the growth of strategic IT trends such as growth of data (52 percent), server virtualization (42 percent), mobile computing (41 percent), and storage and desktop virtualization (41 percent respectively). The survey revealed that the effects of growing data center complexity in the Philippines are far-reaching. The most commonly mentioned impact is higher costs, with nearly half (43 percent) of the organizations in the Philippines citing it as an effect of complexity. Other impacts include reduced agility (39 percent), more time spent in finding information (37 percent), lost or misplaced data (35 percent), and longer lead times for storage migration (34 percent) and provisioning storage (34 percent). The typical organization globally experienced an average of 16 data center outages in the past 12 months, at a total cost of $5.1 million. The most common cause was systems failures, followed by human error, and natural disasters. According to the survey, organizations are implementing several measures to reduce complexity, including training, standardization, centralization, virtualization, and increased budgets. In fact, 79 percent of respondents from the Philippines consider standardization of management and security solutions to be somewhat or extremely important to dealing with data center complexity. However, the single biggest initiative organizations are undertaking is to implement a comprehensive information governance strategy, defined as a formal program that allows organizations to proactively classify, retain, and discover information in order to reduce information risk, reduce the cost of managing information, establish retention policies and streamline their eDiscovery process. Eighty-eight percent of organizations in the Philippines are either discussing information governance, or have implemented trials or actual programs. The biggest drivers for information governance in the Philippines include security (rated somewhat or extremely important by 84 percent of respondents from the Philippines), the availability of new technologies that make information governance easier (81 percent), data growth (77 percent), increased data center complexity (73 percent), and regulatory and legal issues (72 and 66 percent, respectively). Organizations in the Philippines have several goals with information governance, including enhanced security (considered important by 82 percent of respondents from the Philippines), set protection to match the value of information (77 percent), reduced costs of storage (80 percent) and information management (75 percent), reduced compliance and legal risks (74 and 68 percent respectively), and for ease of finding the right information in a timely manner (72 percent). ]]>

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