More Australian companies planning data centre expansion in 2012: Report

Australian data centre growth is set to continue well into 2012 according to the findings of a survey conducted for data centre provider, Digital Realty Trust.

The survey, which included responses from 101 IT decision-makers, found that 76 per cent of respondents would expand their data centre infrastructure in 2012 while 48 per cent of those surveyed who were considering new data centre projects would expand in more than one location.

In addition, 64 per cent had built a new data centre in the previous 24 months. Only 17 per cent indicated they had no plans for data centre projects over the next two years.

Digital Realty Asia Pacific regional head, Kris Kumar, who announced the survey results at Gartner’s Infrastructure, Operations and Data Centre Summit, said Sydney and Melbourne were the two top spots for new data centre locations with 72 per cent of respondents planning to build in Australia.

“The most important factor in choosing a location is security and Australian organisations believe that security is best placed in a data centre within Sydney or Melbourne,” he said.

“We believe this growth is primarily being driven by global enterprises seeking to establish or expand their technical operations in the Asia Pacific region, as well as by companies based in the region with expanding computing requirements to support rapid growth,” Kumar said.

He added that the average desired space for new facilities was 14,000 square feet.

Of those participants with plans to expand their data centres, 82 per cent planned to use a wholesale data centre provider or design/build partner for the project.

In addition, 22 per cent wanted to use a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach for their data centre project while only 14 per cent planned to use a containerised facility.

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