Emerging demands and challenges in digital infrastructure

From the explosion of IoT devices to the latest advances in AI, technology is rapidly accelerating the scale and speed with which IT services are delivered, and reshaping the digital economy as we know it. Data centres lie at the heart of this shift, supporting organisations on their digitalisation journey, and ensuring the reliability, connectivity, sustainability and efficiency of business operations. But what will the future bring – in 2030 and beyond? We surveyed 250 IT decision-makers across various UK industries to find out.

Among headline findings are: 

  • Three-quarters (75%) of IT decision-makers anticipate the volume of data they manage will increase in the next decade
  • 89% of organisations will require high-density/performance computer systems in the future
  • 61% of respondents expect their organisation to increase investment in data centre infrastructure 84% of respondents say that sustainability is a vital factor in their IT infrastructure decision-making process
  • 50% of respondents don’t have the necessary technological infrastructure in place to achieve carbon neutrality
  • 51% of IT decision-makers believe there’s a lack of interest in digital infrastructure as a career.

Chapter 1:

Digital infrastructure connectivity challenges and requirements

Connectivity demands are changing fast. Organisations now require high-speed network connectivity to meet heightened customer expectations and remain compliant with tightening regulations.

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Chapter 2:

Sustainability in digital infrastructure

Rising energy costs combined with establishing, and binding greenhouse gas emission targets and requirements for sustainability reporting are driving organisations towards the path of IT infrastructure decarbonisation. Here we look at the challenges and opportunities facing businesses looking to drive sustainability today.

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Chapter 3:

Emerging demands on your digital infrastructure

Trying to identify and navigate the emerging demands on your digital infrastructure? Our in-depth report helps organisations increase security and compliance demands in digital infrastructure.

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Chapter 4:

Workforce and skills shortage in digital infrastructure

A lack of skilled tech talent isn’t a new issue for organisations, but as technology evolves, the implications of staff shortages can widen even faster and endanger business continuity and the ability to serve customers to the same high standard.

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Chapter 5:

Challenges and investments over the next decade

IT professionals are continuously challenged to meet new demands with new types of infrastructure in the face of constraints on time, talent and resources. The rising use of data in decision-making is driving IT teams towards cloud computing platforms, AI-based innovations and high-network connectivity in a bid to improve performance and optimise operations

Coming soon! The fifth chapter about the challenges and investments over the next decade launches on 28 December 2023.

Survey sheds light on digital infrastructure trends

Three years ago, Telehouse surveyed 250 UK IT decision- makers to gauge their opinions on the digital infrastructure challenges and opportunities they are likely to face across upgrades, security, cloud adoption, the shift from on-premises to colocation, and sustainability, as well as their priorities over the coming decade.  In response to the shifting landscape brought on by the pandemic, we have once again surveyed 250 IT decision-makers across various UK industries. This report explores how their challenges and priorities have changed since 2020 and the progress they have made in meeting net-zero goals.