CAPE TOWN, South Africa, March 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Every business is in need of an IT solution that will enable it to function more productively and efficiently. The South African data centre market has many players offering a plethora of options in services and pricing. The service provider is not always a match made for the client, as specific needs may not be addressed by available solutions. The nuances of requirements typical to the various vertical sectors are, thus, an important part of determining a solution.
Frost and Sullivan research has been analysing end user requirements and sentiments on an ongoing basis over the years. We have established insight into the trends surrounding different vertical sectors, as well as identifying sectors that consistently stand out in terms of data centre spend.
"The retail, financial and mining sectors have been the biggest spenders in terms of the data centre market. Service providers must understand that each company, within every vertical sector, requires a solution that will specifically address their challenges. This will require good knowledge of the sector and its requirements. Virtualization, SAAS and Managed Services are key adoption trends driving innovation and increased investment," observes Consulting Analyst Iyembi Nkanza.
In conclusion, Frost & Sullivan believe that vendors need to develop good relationships with clients, in order to build enough trust to develop services, such as managed hosting. New platform offerings, like cloud computing and virtualisation, require trust from the end user because of the potential security risks associated with these platforms. However, the uptake for virtual machines is becoming more widespread as specific companies in the Healthcare and Retail sectors are recognising the potential cost savings. Good relationships can only be fostered with a good understanding of the specific company and its external operating environment.
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