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Data centre outsourcing on the rise after recession

Alex Scroxton

After a rough twelve months for the market, data centre specialist Sentrum has noted increased willingness among UK IT buyers to start outsourcing at least some of their data centre requirements.

In a new report investigating business attitudes to outsourcing, Sentrum found 75% of large UK organisations were outsourcing, down from a high of 85% in 2009 but up from 67% last year.

Out of the 24% who said they were not outsourcing currently, 18% said they had plans to do so in the future.

However, while the survey uncovered a market that appears more knowledgeable and confident in outsourcing data centre services, Sentrum also reported growing concerns over security, service provider expertise and lack of trust.

"These very real business concerns certainly seem to suggest that a thorough procurement process will not offer an easy point of entry to new companies looking to provide services in the sector," said Sentrum chief development officer Franek Sodzawiczny.

"To me this shows that although the industry is starting to move towards outsourcing again, it will be doing it at a very careful and considered pace," he added.


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