TechBeat: A nation of hosts
2 June 2016 | 0
In terms of spending, to include the likes of infrastructure, solutions, storage and IT staff, in the last 12 months, more than a quarter (28%) spent €10,001 – €50,000, with nearly one in five (19%) spending less than €10,000. A significant 18% spent more than €500,000. Some 15% spent from €100,001 – €200,000, and more than one in 10 (11%) spent €50,001 – €100,000. Just less than that (9%) spent between €200,001 – €500,000. Of the FDI companies, more than half (55%) spend in the €500,000 plus range.
“Data volumes are exploding and recent research shows that more data has been created in the past two years than in the history of the human race,” said Mortell. “Yet, it is interesting to note that the average spend per company, at €160,000, has remained consistent with last year. This indicates that as people increasingly move to cloud and outsource their data hosting to organisations, they can benefit from lower overall storage costs for every unit of data stored. This allows them to save on people, connectivity, power and security.”
“Business reputation is critical to all companies, but the larger you are the more you have to lose and that is probably reflected in the fact that 55% of our multinationals – who are typically larger – spend in excess of half-a-million per year on data storage.”
When asked about what would likely impact data centre hosting needs over the coming year, there were two clear leaders, cloud strategy and business continuity and disaster recovery (27%). When looking at FDI organisations specifically, this went to 40% for cloud strategy and 20% for BC and DR — still clear leaders.
Other issues of note were data growth (15%) and increased emphasis on data protection (13%).
“Unplanned outages don’t have to disable businesses and that’s why disaster recovery and cloud are the biggest issues for companies in the next twelve months,” said Mortell. “It is interesting to see that this is common to both indigenous and multi-national companies.”
“When you choose a data hosting environment, you are looking for facilities offering a proven ability to deliver the highest possible uptime. We globally average >99.9999% — working out as an average of six minutes’ downtime annually across our 145 data centres.”
“Businesses are increasingly deciding that their best disaster recovery plans are built in the cloud. A cloud-based disaster recovery plan virtually replicates a company’s computing infrastructure in the cloud, rather than relying on earth-bound backup IT components,” said Mortell.
Respondents were asked to specify their top three reasons for choosing Ireland as a data centre location. Again three clear leaders merged, with data protection (40%) as the leader, followed by proximity to the business (36%) and data sovereignty (30%). Cost and ease of doing business were both at 23%. Looking at the FDI respondents, and these overall metrics are reversed, with ease of doing business and proximity to the business coming out on top at 50% each, with proximity to Europe third (40%).
“Businesses clearly see Ireland as a safe location to host data, with data protection scoring highest for the reason for choosing Ireland as a location for a data centre,” said Mortell. “It was also interesting to see that most Irish companies score proximity to their business as a reason not to host abroad and this ties back to data protection, too. There is a great sense of security to be had from being able to physically visit the location your data is stored.”
“The geographical advantages Ireland offers show up strongly here for multi-nationals, with proximity to Europe and their home market featuring very well. This is not just about speed of connectivity. Practical issues for American companies such as Ireland’s time zone are also important and this is also reflected in the prominence of ease of doing business in results.