What’s as commonplace as your mobile habit and bankrupts businesses every day of the week?

Cyber threats. Once confined to sci-fi movie plots, cyber crime is now an everyday occurrence, crippling businesses of every size and industry.

How big is the problem? HUGE.

In fact, the percentage of global security incidents now more than doubles that of global GDP and smartphone users combined, costing businesses a whopping $154 per lost or stolen record containing confidential info.

And while 83% of IT leaders view cyber attacks as one of the top 3 threats their organization faces today, only 38% are prepared to deal with one.

Meanwhile, threats continue to evolve, moving cybersecurity from “nice-to-have competitive advantage” to an indispensable business enabler. It’s no wonder 90% of surveyed IT leaders plan to increase their data center facility spending.

IDC researchers have identified the following predictions for the coming months and years:

  • Over the next two years, more than 60% of companies will stop managing most of their IT infrastructure, relying on advanced automation and service partners to boost efficiency and directly tie datacenter spend to business value.
  • By 2016, hyperscale datacenters will house more than 50% of raw compute capacity and 70% of raw storage capacity worldwide, becoming the primary consumers/adopters of new compute and storage technologies.
  • In the next two years, incompatible or immature IT asset management practices will prevent 80% of organizations from being able to take full advantage of converged and software-defined solutions in their own facilities.
  • Over the next three years, 70% of large and mid-sized organizations will initiate major network redesigns to better align inter-datacenter and datacenter-to-edge data flows.

“The key question for organizations is whether they have the insight, capital, and commitment to design, build, and operate datacenters for reliable and dynamic delivery of transaction, content serving, archiving, and analytic capacity on time, with no delays and no excuses to individuals and organizations around the world,” said Richard Villars, VP of Datacenter & Cloud Research at IDC.

“The answer will be ‘no!’”  he continued. “They will rely increasingly on third parties to build, deploy, manage, and ‘rent’ IT capacity, and store important information.”

For more predictions, stats, and the Top 5 Cybersecurity Risks threatening businesses today, check out the infographic below.




Rich Banta

Rich Banta

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Rich is responsible for Compliance and Certifications, Data Center Operations, Information Technology, and Client Concierge Services. Rich has an extensive background in server and network management, large scale wide-area networks, storage, business continuity, and monitoring. Rich is a former CTO of a major health care system. Rich is hands-on every day in the data centers. He also holds many certifications, including: CISA – Certified Information Systems Auditor CRISC – Certified in Risk & Information Systems Management CDCE – Certified Data Center Expert CDCDP – Certified Data Center Design Professional