Along with updating their classroom technology, school districts must continually refresh their back-end infrastructure to prevent performance problems and support teaching and learning. However, many organizations hold on to data center equipment for too long, according to a 2019 report from Forrester:
- 51 percent of organizations refresh their servers less frequently than every three to four years.
- 16 percent of server hardware is more than 5 years old.
- Only 28 percent of organizations say applications running on their infrastructure are able to completely meet users’ needs.
- 95 percent of organizations see long-term value in software-defined data center solutions, but only 27 percent have made significant investments in the technology.
- 42 percent of respondents cite improved productivity as a driver of data center refreshes; meanwhile, 41 percent say that modernizing their data center infrastructure boosts security
- 47 percent of organizations report improved systems reliability after replacing aging data center hardware with modern infrastructure; 39 percent report improved application performance and say that modernizing infrastructure leads to faster application updates.