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FOI requests reveal appetite for datacentre change in London’s local councils

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Research conducted by cloud service provider HyperGrid suggests IT departments in local councils are working with outdated and underperforming datacentre infrastructures.
Having to rely on outdated and underperforming infrastructure is the top IT challenge for local authorities in London, new research suggests.
According to a series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests , submitted to 32 of the capital’s borough councils, infrastructure refresh projects were name-checked as a top priority for 53% of the 30 local authorities that responded.
The FOIs, submitted by cloud service provider HyperGrid, also saw respondents asked to list their biggest datacentre challenges, and outdated infrastructure emerged as the top pain point with 16.5% of the vote.
Performance issues were also cited as a challenge by 10% of respondents, followed by onboarding new workloads (10%).
To address these challenges, 20% of respondents said they are embarking on an infrastructure refresh project, with 43% indicating a preference for a cloud-like, subscription-based method of IT consumption.

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