APAC organizations face data infrastructure challenge: Springboard

by CXOtoday Staff    Jan 27, 2011

data storageThe main infrastructure-related challenge faced by the APAC (excluding Japan) organizations is around storing and managing their data infrastructure, finds the latest ‘IT Infrastructure in Asia Pacific 2010/11 – End-User Adoption Trends’ report from Springboard Research. Organizations are struggling with a dual challenge of ‘constrained IT budgets’ on one hand and the ever growing need for more storage on another.

“Given the key concerns, we expect increased investments in data archiving, storage virtualization, IT security, desktop virtualization and data de-duplication among Asia Pacific organizations over the next 2-3 years”, noted Seepij Gupta, associate research manager, IT services, Springboard Research.

According to the report, while limited IT skills availability also remains an ongoing challenge, the respondents consider it secondary and do not currently view it as a major issue. APAC (excluding Japan) organizations have a relatively ‘light’ server profile, with only 35 percent of respondents having more than 25 servers in-house. The report also confirms Microsoft Windows to be the #1 server operating system in the region, followed by Linux.

“The research confirms that desktop management remains a major concern for the organizations, primarily due to the vast sprawl. This will drive strong growth opportunities for managed service providers (MSPs) and also open up more opportunities for thin clients,” remarked Fred Giron, VP, IT services at Springboard Research.

In terms of clients, 58 percent of APAC organizations have more than 250 clients. The report also found that the highest percentage of respondents with 500+ clients is either in India or in China.

For storage infrastructure, SAN (storage area network) is the most preferred storage type among APAC organizations, with 60 percent of respondents (mostly large enterprises with 1000+ employees) having already invested in such technologies. The research company believes that the emergence of cloud based hosting and backup services will drive strong growth in this market over the next 2-3 years.