Uptime Institute’s 2022 Global Data Center Survey Reveals Strong Industry Growth as Operators Prepare to Expand Sustainability Requirements


NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–availability institute today announced the release of its 12e Annual Global Data Center Survey. The results show an industry that is growing, vibrant and increasingly resilient, but still struggling to cope with mounting pressure for sustainability progress and reporting, persistent staff shortages, delays in supply chain, costly breakdowns and other complex challenges.

“The global digital infrastructure industry continues to experience strong growth and expansion, despite the many hurdles operators face today,” said Andy Lawrence, Executive Director of Research, Uptime Institute Intelligence. “We have seen the industry invest in increased resiliency and reliability, but there is still work to be done when it comes to improving efficiency, environmental sustainability, failure prevention, staffing of pipelines and more.

Uptime’s annual Global Data Center Survey is the largest and most comprehensive in the digital infrastructure industry. It provides detailed information on the digital critical infrastructure landscape and an idea of ​​its future trajectory. Key findings from the 2022 report include:

  • Many data center operators are unprepared for the development of sustainability requirements and regulations – Most respondents say they report on overall data center power consumption and PUE, but many still don’t track critical environmental metrics. Although 63% of operators believe that the authorities in their region will require them to publish environmental data over the next five years, only 37% collect and report data on carbon emissions (a slight increase from more than 33% in 2021) and only 39% currently declare their water consumption (12% drop compared to 2021). New laws, standards and requirements will force operators to close these gaps and establish stricter sustainability tracking and reporting practices in the years to come.
  • PUE progress has stalled at the moment and future efficiencies must focus on computing power – The average annual energy use efficiency (PUE) reported in 2022 was 1.55. This represents a slight improvement from the 2021 average of 1.57, which is consistent with the trend of marginal CPUE gains that the availability has seen each year since 2014. to track and report progress.
  • More and more operators are investing to strengthen the resilience of data centers – Data center owners and operators are investing heavily in the resiliency of their physical infrastructure, with around 40% of respondents reporting increased levels of redundancy in their primary data centers over the past three to five years. Power and cooling systems received similar attention, with a third of operators upgrading one or the other or both.
  • Breakdowns are becoming more and more expensive and are still far too frequent – The share of all outages costing operators more than $1 million reached 25%, a significant increase from 15% in 2021. In 2022, 60% of operators reported experiencing an outage (regardless of their severity) over the last three years, compared to 69% in 2021 and 78% in 2020. more than two-thirds now costing operators more than $100,000, the consequences are worsening.
  • Operator confidence in the public cloud is on the rise, despite persistent outage risks – As the perception of better visibility into cloud operational resiliency increases, organizations are more likely to trust the cloud for mission-critical workloads. In 2022, only 63% of operators are not placing mission-critical workloads in a public cloud, a substantial drop from almost 75% in 2019. This trust could be misplaced, given that more than a third of Respondents report that public cloud availability zone outages (which are relatively common) would cause significant performance issues.
  • Data Center Equipment Vendors Bullish Despite Demand Pressures and Continuing Supply Chain Issues – Three-quarters of suppliers expect year-over-year revenue growth in 2022 despite reported declines in revenue due to ongoing COVID-induced supply chain issues. Nearly half of respondents involved in data center construction experienced significant delays (or other events) in their supply chains, while a third experienced moderate issues.
  • Problems attracting and retaining qualified personnel are getting worse – More than half (53%) of data center operators report having difficulty finding qualified employees in 2022, compared to 47% in 2021 and 38% in 2018. And 42% of respondents report problems hiring personnel (in most cases to data centers). competitors) – a massive increase of over 17% in 2018, demonstrating the growing challenge of employee retention across the industry.

Learn more: Uptime’s 2022 Global Data Center Survey also includes results on industry attitudes towards nuclear power, server refresh rates, rack density trends and more. Moreover. Download the full report hereand Register for the webinar covering her top trends and takeaways on September 28e at 11:00 a.m. ET.

About the survey: Uptime conducts its annual Global Data Center Survey online and via email. This year’s study took place in the first half of 2022 and includes responses from approximately 800 data center owners and operators responsible for managing infrastructure in the world’s largest IT organizations. It also includes information from 700 data center vendors, designers and consultants worldwide.

About the Uptime Institute

Uptime Institute is the global authority on digital infrastructure. For more than 25 years, the company has set industry-leading benchmarks for data center performance, resiliency, durability and efficiency, which provide customers with the assurance that their digital infrastructure can operate in a wide range of operating conditions at a level consistent with their business needs. . Uptime’s Level Standard is the IT industry’s most trusted and widely adopted global standard for the design, construction and operation of data centers – the backbone of the digital economy. With its level standard and certifications, management and operations examinations, SCIRA-FSI financial sector risk assessment, a wide range of additional risk and performance assessments, intelligence research services and Accredited training courses taken by more than 10,000 data center professionals, Uptime has helped thousands of companies in more than 100 countries optimize critical IT assets while managing costs, resources, and efficiency.

Uptime Institute is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices in Seattle, London, Sao Paulo, Dubai, Singapore, and Taipei. For more information, please visit www.uptimeinstitute.com.

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