Table of Contents IDC Opinion In This Study MethodologySituation Overview Country Maturity LevelsInfluence of Company Size on MaturityIndustry MaturityStatus on Virtualization — Trials and Full AdoptionFuture Outlook Influence of the Economic Situation on Infrastructure Technology InvestmentsSweet Spots for InvestmentsVirtualization (20% Rates Top Priority)Automation (15% Rates Top Priority)Security (28% Rates Top Priority)Cloud (14% Rates Top Priority)Essential Guidance Learn More Related ResearchAppendix: Sample DetailsSynopsisFigure: Datacenter Infrastructure Maturity in Western European Enterprises, 2011 (%) Figure: Stages of Virtualization Adoption Across Europe Figure: Prioritization of Datacenter Investments Figure: Companies More Inclined to Invest Because of the Economic Downturn (Share of Respondents) Figure: Share of Companies Ranking an Investment Area in Top 3 as a Share of Companies With a Specific Reaction to the Economic Downturn Figure: European Enterprise Services Survey, 2011 (Sample by Country) Figure: European Enterprise Services Survey, 2011 (Sample by Company Size) Figure: European Enterprise Services Survey, 2011 (Sample by Industry)
European Enterprise Services Survey, 2011: Datacenter Maturity and Investment Plans — Sweet Spots for Growth
European datacenters still have a long way to go before they can be classified as mature, and European companies are aware of that and ready to invest. In 2011 security, virtualization, automation, and cloud are top investment priorities.
"IDC's European Enterprise Services Survey 2011 of 701 European enterprises shows that the money will be in virtualization and automation services in 2011, complemented by more basic services to standardize and consolidate the IT environments. There is a widespread need for increasing infrastructure maturity before moving to advanced technologies," said Mette Ahorlu, research director, IDC. "Cloud is also a high priority in many companies, but at a more cautious level: investigations and getting experiences through focus on self-contained processes is key in 2011, while virtualization and automation in 2011 will touch the business-critical part of IT."