Cloud ComputingDigital Infrastructure

Data Cloud Europe Survey

Published on July 1, 2016

Following collaborations with BroadGroup in the GCC: Telecom Finance Middle East & Africa Conference in Dubai (2008), TMT Finance with QTel in Doha (2009) and Data Centre Strategies Middle East with Injazat in Abu Dhabi (2009), I enjoyed working on this European survey. Thank you to DCE Monaco participants for sharing knowledge and insights. Extracts in a press release published yesterday below.

Netherlands, Germany the UK and Nordics also favoured locations

London, 29 June 2016 – A survey of enterprises conducted by BroadGroup at the recent Datacloud Europe congress which took place in Monaco revealed new evidence of their intention for future deployment of IT assets.

The survey, which involved Finance, Professional Services, Energy and Utilities, Manufacturing and Technology sought to understand how IT infrastructure leaders interviewed and driving innovation on a global scale across these verticals, are leveraging IT to meet their enterprise demands and to understand their priorities as they face transformational challenges and opportunities. More than 36% of companies interviewed were planning or early adopters of cloud.

Collectively the survey involved international companies represented and headquartered in the USA, Europe and Africa with a combined revenue of more than €274bn. The companies employ in excess of half a million people and operate more than 400 data centers.

Asked about the intention to deploy IT assets geographically, respondents identified Ireland as the lead location among all European countries. This was followed by the Netherlands, Germany and the UK respectively. Bearing out evidence suggested in earlier research by BroadGroup, a requirement for data center facilities in Africa is now definitely emerging.

Among the current technology and business priorities respondents rated cloud and security as of foremost concern. Companies were particularly focused on the improvement of the reliability and performance of cloud providing a flexible infrastructure.

“The survey revealed a sustained appetite for international expansion of IT asset deployment across a number of verticals” commented Philip Low, managing director of BroadGroup.

“However the results also suggested that cloud and security are still regarded by many as part of the same concern, and that more than a third of enterprises interviewed are still in the early stages of cloud adoption.”

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