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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Oracle says businesses lack sophisticated data centre tools

The latest research by Oracle has revealed that several businesses are lagging behind in their use of innovative technology in data centres, using Next Generation Data Centre Index.

This, the company stated in the report means these companies are unable to meet industry demands and response to change quickly using sophisticated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools.

Ms Claire Alexander, head, public relations, Oracle Corporations for South Africa and Africa Operations region, said in a press statement made available to ITRealms Online that the research formed the basis of the Oracle Next Generation Data Centre Index, a figure on a scale from 0 – 10 which provides a snapshot of the progress of organisations in evolving their data centres through the adoption of today’s sophisticated technologies.

On average, the report showed that organization that scored 5.28 on a scale of 0 to 10, where 10 would be the most sophisticated data centre strategy possible; that maps organizations’ performance across three sub-categories – flexibility, sustainability and supportability. This figure underlines that many businesses are failing to gain business value from their IT.

The research, she noted also highlighted significant issues with complex inefficient infrastructures leading to 50 per cent of businesses requiring a new data centre within the next two years.

The research, conducted by Quorcirca, surveyed 919 managers in large organisations in nine regions across the world.

Some of the highlights of the research, she said includes DCH (Germany and Switzerland) which led the table with a Next Generation Data Centre Index (NGDI) of 6.09, followed by Nordics (5.95), and Benelux (5.64). Lagging behind the average of 5.28 were Iberia (4.73), Italy (4.50) and the Middle East (4.41). Europe lags behind USA (scores of 5.32 and 5.79 respectively).

According to her, the sub-indices showed that flexibility is preferred to sustainability; the flexiblity sub-Index was 5.34, while the sustainability sub-Index just 5.15.

In addition to gaining the top two spots in the NGDI, DCH and the Nordics also led the board in the sustainability and supportability index.

Alexander noted that telecommunications, utilities and financial services companies had the highest overall index figures of 6.55, 5.91 and 5.80 respectively; whilst media, public sector and, perhaps surprisingly, retail organisations had the lowest of 4.78, 4.44 and 4.43.

Remmy Nweke
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