Data centres will struggle to meet demand: survey

Data centres will struggle to meet demand: survey

More than one-third of chief information officers believe that their data centers will be unable to meet the rapidly growing demand for business services and applications in two to five years, said HP today quoting a new research conducted on its behalf.

The study titled "HP 2008 Data Center Transformation Survey," was conducted by Penn, Schoen and Berland, the technology company said.

Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates performed the study by conducting a total of 161 in-depth interviews among CEOs, CIOs and senior business and IT decision-makers at enterprises and mid-sized companies in the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, India, China, Japan, Asia-Pacific and Latin America during February and March 2008. Copies of the report are available here.

To meet this growing demand, the company announced a set of products and services designed to help customers transform their data centers from a stand-alone collection of physical assets into a virtual and adaptive infrastructure.

These technology tools and strategies would address a company's top data center initiatives such as energy efficiency, automation, virtualization, consolidation and business continuity, HP said.

"Today customers are facing multiple challenges -- the explosion of data, a growing mobile workforce and the need for access to real-time information," said Uday Kumaraswami, vice president, consulting and integration, HP services, technology solutions group, APJ. "HP is uniquely qualified to help CIOs dramatically change the way they create, manage and operate their data centers."

HP infrastructure additions include new services such as HP critical facilities services, data center consolidation services, data center virtualization services and a ProLiant server.

"The HP ProLiant DL785 G5 is a powerful and scalable eight-socket x86 server based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor technology," said a company representative. "The server is an ideal platform for virtualization due to its processing power, large memory footprint, storage capacity and expandable input/output."

According to HP, its new software provides single view of the physical and virtual world along with enhanced automation.

"The HP Insight Dynamics -- VSE will support multi-vendor hypervisor technologies and reduces costs of common data center tasks by as much as 40 percent," said a company representative.

The firm also announced release of HP Operations Orchestration Enhancements that will enable companies extend comprehensive automation across all physical and virtual infrastructures by automating manual and error prone processes across clients, applications, servers, networks, and storage.

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