Middle Eastern businesses are more prepared for data growth

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Marc Heger, Senior Director, Hardware, Middle East and Africa at Oracle
Marc Heger, Senior Director, Hardware, Middle East and Africa at Oracle

Survey shows Middle East’s “significant improvement” in managing data centres
Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 11 January 2012: Results from Oracle’s second? Next Generation Data Centre Index show that data centres in the Middle East are geared for business growth, in contrast to the rest of EMEA where there seems to be a tendency for data centres to be under more strain now than when the results of the first survey were released 10 months ago.

In the first survey the Middle East lagged behind other regions and countries surveyed; this year, its ranking has gone up from bottom position (4.41) to mid-table (5.27) – a 20% increase.

“The companies surveyed in the Middle East demonstrate the ability to apply resource to optimise workload, homogeneity, consolidation and server utilization,” said Marc Heger, Senior Director, Hardware, Middle East and Africa at Oracle. “Results show organisations in other EMEA countries are struggling to keep up and are sometimes falling behind with the need for more capacity and better management.”

Some key results from the Middle East survey reveal:

?General overall improvement in systems management – those with “very little” in place has halved from? 37 to 17% with other areas all improved?General overall improvement in virtualization:? those with <10% of their IT estate virtualized is significantly down from 52% to 16%, and other levels have improved across the board.

?There has been significant improvement in sustainability planning – see graph below;? also knowledge has improved of data centre energy usage: in Cycle 1 61% either didn’t see or didn’t know their energy usage.? In Cycle 2 this is down to 42%.

Significant progress on consolidation:

??those doing “nothing” about it are down from 37% to 16%,

?Consolidation has had great impact – organizations saying they have seen “no impact” are down from 42 to 16%; those using less space has gone up from 17% to 29%.

Organisations now have better visibility of future workload requirements:?

?use of straight line prediction methods is up from 15% to 30%;

?ad hoc reaction to demands from the business is down from 33% to 11%

Visibility of workload performance is much improved:

? reaction to user complaint down from 40% to 22%,

?use of real-world performance testing? has increased from 9% to 28%

?Better IT/Business alignment.? Respondents stating that there is “little” alignment have dropped from 29% to 16%, leading to general improvements across the board.

Significant improvement in systems availability:

?Respondents reporting “rare” or “few” outages have gone up from 37 to 53%.

Failure of IT systems is better handled:

?Failures handled with “no impact” are up from 9% to 15%

?Failures handled with “no mission-critical impact” are up from 12 > 23%

?Instances where “any failure would impact the business” are down from 13 to 3%

“Wrestling with Big Data is going to be the single biggest IT challenge businesses face over the next two years,” said Luigi Freguia, senior vice president, Oracle Systems EMEA. “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.

In November 2011, Quocirca surveyed 949 managers in large organizations, in 10 countries / regions around the world: Benelux, DCH (Germany/Switzerland), France, Iberia (Spain/Portugal), Ireland, Italy, Middle East, Nordics, Russia, and the UK.? The questions were designed such that each answer could be represented by a number between 0 and 10, giving the ability to create the overall Oracle Next Generation Data Center Index figure.? Separate sections of the research were dedicated to Flexibility, Supportability and Sustainability, enabling the extraction of sub-indices in these three important areas.

When repeating the research, the USA was removed from countries surveyed and Russia and Ireland added.?This has affected the overall Index figures.? Where these overall figures are compared between Cycle 1 and Cycle 2, only the figures from those countries common to both sets are used, to ensure that the comparison is valid.? This also explains why some overall figures quoted for Cycle 1 are different from those published in the original research, launched 4 May 2011.

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