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Dutch datacentre operators are planning to up investments in system upgrades to support mobility and BYOD initiatives

Dutch datacentre operators are planning to up investments in system upgrades to support mobility and BYOD initiatives

The next two years will see a rise in datacentre projects designed to support bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and mobility initiatives, according to recently published research from Telindus and VCE. The research is yet another sign maturing enterprise mobility strategies are likely to start translating in new spending on datacentres technologies.

A survey of 115 Dutch IT decision makers found 57 per cent of respondents plan to increase support of mobility and BYOD over the next two years through shifts in their datacentre technology strategies.

Backup and disaster recovery (50 per cent), server refreshes (50 per cent) and private cloud (49 per cent) are all high up on spending priorities over the next two years for Dutch IT decision makers, according to the research.

Harm de Haan, consultancy manager at Telindus explained that datacentre operators need to embrace standards within their facilities in order to provide more agile IT systems and embrace more mobile platforms and cloud services.

“Organisations want to move with the times and not be inhibited by an IT infrastructure. The IT department should be able to respond to questions quickly and to be able to so, a standardised environment is key,” said Harm de Haan, consultancy manager at Telindus.

“Such an environment provides IT managers with the ability to respond to the latest developments much easier and faster. Moreover, the organisation, the management and the users do not need to go put it outside the IT department,” he said, adding that preparing for mobility and BYOD through the adoption of more flexible datacentre architecture may also help prevent ‘shadow IT’ – bringing in systems and platforms behind the backs (and compliance standards) of the IT department.

Tonnie van Grinsven, account executive at VCE, a joint venture between Cisco and EMC, commented on the results: “Our research and market trends clearly show that mobility is on the agenda in the boardroom and continues to dominate. The different aspects of a mobility strategy, such as BYOD, and mobile platforms and apps are very visible to employees and customers. Therefore it is crucial to have a flexible, validated and predictable architecture because it is inevitable that the increasing complexity of managing the growing number of end-user devices in the workplace, but the complexity of datacentre infrastructure is preventable.”

As mobility has become a more significant priority for enterprises in recent years – Gartner predicts mobile device spending is up 4.4 per cent globally this year – the research suggests this may begin to translate into added spending on datacentre upgrades.

The growth of cloud and virtualisation, and particularly the intersection of mobile and cloud, are seen by firms like Gartner as key drivers of datacentre spending over the next few years. Spending on datacentre systems is projected to reach £86bn in 2014, a 2.3 per cent increase over last year, according to the analyst house.

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