According to new research from IBM, only one in five datacentres operate efficiently.
The IBM survey, conducted by IDC, surveyed 300 CIOs about their datacentre infrastructure.
Nearly 80 per cent of the 300 CIOs and IT leaders were found to be behind in making the most of their IT investments.
Steve Sams, vice president of global site and facilities services for IBM, explained on IBM's Smarter Planet blog that "less efficient datacentres and organisations are at a crossroads where they must determine if they'll take the next step to modernisation or operate at their current status."
Sams added that these organisations "lack an overall strategic plan to optimise their datacentre and create opportunity to invest in new projects." At least 79 per cent of the organisations surveyed fell in with this category.
The study found that these companies are two times less likely to adopt new technologies, and that most of them are dedicating approximately 65 per cent of their resources to maintaining existing IT infrastructure, leaving less room for innovation.
Overall, researchers warned that an inefficient infrastructure makes it impossible to invest in the future of the company.
Sams did have praise for 21 per cent of datacentres that were ranked "highly efficient". Thus, there is a lesson to be learned here:
Those IT leaders who received an "A" on their datacentre report card are reaping the benefits that efficiency brings back to the business. These optimised companies are able to spend 50 per cent more of their IT budget on new projects and innovation to make their organisations more successful.
Via ZDNet US