The Data Center Institute, a think tank of AFCOM, a leading association for data center professionals in Orange, Calif., conducted a survey of 422 senior data center managers (including 5.1 percent CIOs, CTOs and presidents) both before and after Sept. 11. Respondents are from the country’s largest data centers and represent a cross section of industries. The survey initially polled respondents about budget trends, e-commerce adoption and future trends in the industry, and then followed up to see whether responses had changed because of terrorism.
53.1% of respondents said that despite the economy, they will spend the same or more on IT in the next year.
94.4% said that the terrorist attacks have not caused them to cut spending.
21% said they have been forced to reprioritize upcoming projects as a result of the attacks.
25% said their organization instituted “no air travel” policies as of Sept. 11, but those were expected to last less than two months.
Only 53% had reviewed their disaster recovery and backup plans since Sept. 11.
The entire survey can be viewed at www.afcom.com/surveyresults.html.