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As data centers are forced to accommodate rapidly growing volumes of information, their capacities to process, store, and transfer data are having difficulty keeping pace. A Gartner survey in November 2010 found that 47% of representatives from 1,004 large enterprises from eight countries ranked data growth as one of their top three challenges. This was followed by system performance and scalability at 37%, and network congestion and connectivity architecture at 36%. Growing demand based on data proliferation, new applications, and federated applications are exhausting the capacities of many data centers. According to the Uptime Institute's 2011 Data Center Industry Survey 2, more than a third (36%) of data center facilities will run out of space, power, or cooling between 2011 and 2012.
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