Almost two-thirds of the datacenters surveyed said they recognize cyber terrorism as a threat, but only a little over a third include it in their disaster recovery plans, and a little over a quarter address it in their policies and procedural manuals.
Seventeen percent of those surveyed said they do not perform security background checks on new employees, "even though they will be working directly with personal, financial and even military records that could have catastrophic effects on individuals, the economy and the country's security," Afcom said.
Other findings included the following:
-- Only 15 percent of those surveyed said they are using "cloud computing," though the survey didn't define the term. The most widely used "emerging" technologies are virtualization (73 percent of respondents), Web applications (70 percent) and automation (54 percent).
-- 60 percent of respondents expect to need more space in the next five years. Of those, one third expect to expand an existing facility, 30 percent will use a new facility, 22 percent will use a collocation center, and 14 percent will use managed hosting services. 11 percent expect to use a "datacenter in a box," a mini-datacenter packed in a shipping container.
-- 71 percent of respondents are "greening" their datacenters, about level with last year's Afcom survey. Of those not doing energy-efficiency projects, 40 percent said they can't afford to buy more power-efficient equipment and 30 percent blamed "procrastination."
-- 61 percent of datacenters are in the process of, or seriously considering, consolidating one or more of their datacenters, which was seen as a cost-cutting move in response to the recession. Just over half will move the consolidated datacenter to a new facility or another existing facility.