The biggest challenges for data center managers are tough internal service-level agreements,, and staffing issues, according to research from security specialist Symantec.
Two-thirds of survey respondents said formal internal service-level agreements exist in their organization, and 51 percent admitted havingin the last two years.
More than two-thirds (69 percent) of respondents said their data centers are growing at least 5 percent per year, while 11 percent reported 20 percent growth or more. But the average budget increase in the last two years is a modest 7 percent, which, adjusted for inflation, means data center budget growth has "been minimal during the past five years," said Symantec.
and consolidation are for managing costs, according to the report, which showed that 90 percent of respondents are at least , while 50 percent are , with similar figures for server consolidation.
Data center staffing challenges are "pervasive," the survey said. Nine out of 10 data center managers said they have difficulty finding qualified applicants.
The online survey was completed by 800 data center managers in 14 countries.
Steve Ranger of Silicon.com reported from London.