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Big Data driving data centre growth in Australia

Three-quarters of local businesses and organisations expected to increase spending on data centre facilities in the next 12 months due to Big data, virtualisation and business continuity.

According to a world-wide survey commissioned by global data centre solutions provider Digital Realty and conducted by Forrester Research, 76% of Australian organisations expect to increase spending on data centres in the next year, with 59% looking at increasing their spending by 5 to 10%, and 17% by more than 10%.

Big Data was cited as the key driver of data centre growth by over half (51%), followed by virtualisation (39%) and business continuity (37%). 

“As consumers continue to become more connected and trends such as mobile computing, Big Data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) gain momentum, copious amounts of data are generated which need to be analysed and processed in real-time, highlighting that the role of the data centre has never been so important,” says Kris Kumar, Digital Realty senior vice president and regional head Asia Pacific.

“Organisations are realising the true business benefits this data holds and this is reflective in Australian organisations’ intentions to increase spending on data centre facilities.”

Kumar says network connectivity options, carrier availability and carrier density were also identified by the survey as top considerations when making decisions about new data centre facility investments, with 73% of respondents attributing this as very important, along with access to cloud, managed service providers or other partners (61%) and the cost of energy at the data centre location (59%).

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