More than 56 percent of large businesses currently rely on external data centers to compensate for the recent explosion of "Big Data," up from 40 percent in May of 2011, according to Oracle's (News - Alert) latest Next Generation Data Center Index report.
Oracle researchers note that the recent boom in big data is being driven by a number of factors, headlined by ever-increasing adoption rates of mobile devices and M2M applications. With these trends only expected to continue, a growing number of enterprises have started outsourcing their data center services to external facilities.
Others are building new internal data centers to handle the flood of big data. Oracle says that 38 percent of respondents indicated a desire to build out their own facility in the next two years, up from 27 percent for the last study.
The results of the study suggest that existing facilities have serious limitations and that organizations have been caught off guard by the explosion of big data, says Oracle.
"Wrestling with Big Data is going to be the single biggest IT challenge businesses face over the next two years," Luigi Freguia, senior vice president, Systems, Oracle EMEA, noted in a statement. "By the end of that period they will either have got it right or they will be very seriously adrift from their own business and the threats and opportunities posed by Big Data."
The new research falls on the heels of the original Next Generation Data Center Index report, published in May of 2011, which found that the majority of businesses were "lagging behind" in their use of innovative technology in data centers.
With the recent uptick in external data center use, organizations are clearly starting to come around and recognize the importance of prepping for the big data explosion.
The advantages of pushing data out to an external facility are numerous. The most obvious benefit is the pay-as-you-grow approach, which eliminates capital expenditures and minimizes operating expenses.
"A pay-as-you-need or pay-as-you-grow Op-Ex approach is a more viable and low risk way of meeting Big Data challenges head on," Simon Taylor, chairman of Next Generation Data Limited, a London-based data center services specialist, told TMCnet.
To manage high-density big data environments, external data centers must have plenty of available space, power and resilience, he told TMC (News - Alert).
"A large scalable data center like NGD Europe in Wales offers corporations all the power, high speed connectivity and space to accommodate additional capacity for their immediate, medium-term or long-term Big Data issues," he added. "They can move in on a specific contract/SLA basis and manage their own servers/IT directly or outsource it to one of NGD's resident colo/managed hosting, Infrastructure as a Service and Cloud provider tenants, such as BT (News - Alert)."
"So even though your servers are remotely located from your business, you just won't notice any difference."
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Edited by Carrie Schmelkin