With the recent results of the Uptime Institute’s 2012 Data Centre Industry Survey, it comes as no surprise that the majority of owners and operators who responded to the survey indicated that they are actually increasing their data centre spend and that the Far East is the place to be as data services expand and providers like Canadian Web Hosting continue to incorporate international capabilities outside of their traditional markets.

Here are some of the more interesting facts that drive home some of the current trends that we have been seeing as well. The survey breaks into 4 key categories: Cloud Computing, Energy, Modular and DCIM. Overall, the survey shows that data centre budgets are growing and that there is no real incentive for decreased energy use. While many of us in the hosting industry like to look for “Green” best practices, it reiterates the point that the only benefit may be a business advantage and nothing else.

Here are some of the results of the survey:

1. Public cloud is big, private cloud is bigger. This year, 25 percent of respondents said they’re adopting public cloud, up from 16 percent last year. And 49 percent are deploying private clouds, up from 35 percent last year. Many businesses are seeing the advantage of expanding their “private” clouds by partnering with an outsourced provider (like Canadian Web Hosting) who can provide the hardware, infrastructure and more importantly the corporate governance that helps companies meet their requirements while seamlessly improving their own performance of critical applications and services.

2. Data centre budgets are on the rise. More than half (55 percent) of organizations responded that their budgets increased in 2012 from the previous year and 32 percent said their data centre budgets will rise more than 10 percent in 2012.

3. Asia is the place to be for data centres. An impressive 55 percent of Asian companies responding said that their budgets are up more than 10 percent this year and many organizations are moving their operations towards the Far East. If there is any question of that, one just look at leaders like Equinix who are expanding their presence there including acquisitions of leading local data centre companies.

4. Data centres are running out of headroom. Nearly one third (30 percent) of those responding said their companies will run out of capacity in at least one of their sites this calendar year. Among the Asian respondents, a whopping 86 percent said that they’d built a site “recently” but 35 percent said that they are running into capacity constraints in their existing sites. Here at home, we continue to see this issue in leading markets like Toronto and Vancouver where the primary facilities for companies like ourselves (Canadian Web Hosting) have been saturated. Interestingly, the area that has become the most problematic for companies is power. As companies become more dense utilizing hardware like microblades, data centre providers are being required to increase power output per U of rack space.

5. Energy efficiency is “sort of” important. More than 50% of respondents cited that saving energy as a priority but most of those do not put any financial incentives in place to achieve that goal. It was unclear from the report if those numbers are up, down or sideways from last year. Reported Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) ratings stayed about the same — between 1.8 to 1.9 — year over year.

To get a copy of the survey, you can visit the Uptime Institute web site for more information: http://uptimeinstitute.com/2012-survey-results