Rackspace Survey Reveals that Majority of Surveyed Businesses Would ‘Love To Never Have To Buy Another Server Again’

Filed in by Angel Schneider | November 10, 2009 12:48 pm

Today, Rackspace shared survey results [1]revealing the growing problem of businesses struggling to cope with the demands of managing their own servers. The study, conducted by LoudHouse on behalf of Rackspace, investigated the views of more than 441 IT managers at mid-size enterprises and revealed that approximately one third of their IT staff’s time is spent on server management, which could limit their ability to focus on strategic initiatives that could benefit the business.

The survey revealed some interesting stats:

Selfish Servers Demand IT Director Time
IT teams reported spending 60 percent of their time troubleshooting and managing servers, while only 27 percent of time is spent on strategic and value-add activities.

Poor Purchasing is Problematic
More than half (51 percent) of respondents have made mistakes in their server capacity planning. Fifteen percent have bought too many servers and 36 percent have failed to buy enough.

Attitudes toward Cloud Computing
Thirty five percent of companies identify themselves as ‘proactive and slightly ahead of the curve’ when it comes to describing their approach to new technologies, while 28 percent remain ‘cautious and reactive.’

  1. survey results : http://www.rackspace.com/downloads/surveys/NoMoreServersSurvey.pdf

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