A joint report released by Forbes Insights and Vertiv found that just 29% of data-center decision-makers say their current facilities are meeting their needs, and only 6% say their data centers are updated ahead of their needs.\nIn yet another example of the disconnect between executives and people on the front lines, 11% of executives believe their data centers are updated ahead of current bandwidth needs, while just 1% of engineers feel the same way.\nFuture data centers, the report says, will inevitably require adequate processing power \u2013 locally in the cloud and at the edge \u2013 to effectively manage new challenges around bandwidth, security and technologiesAI, advanced analytics, 5G, edge computing and more.\nDecentralization of data, by moving it around and processing it away from the central data center, will help enable faster processing. But that requires a three-pronged approach of cloud, core data center, and the edge. The survey found that on average, 32% of data is stored in local data centers today, but respondents plan to shift to more distributed computing \u2013 including local data centers, edge, and hybrid cloud.\nOther findings:\n\nSurvey respondents say security (45%) and bandwidth\/speed (43%) are areas where their data centers need to be upgraded.\nThe trend towards hybrid IT is accelerating with the range of data locations for enterprises increasing. There will be more data overall due to IoT and other drivers, and it will be located in a greater variety of hybrid IT destinations.\nSelf-configuring and self-healing data centers will become a bigger part of the data-center mix. Almost a quarter (24%) of executives report that over 50% or more of their data centers will be self-configuring by 2025. About one-third (32%) say that more than 50% of their data centers will be self-healing by then.\nIntroduction of new technologies, such as 5G-enabled edge computing, will have an impact on IT staffing. Almost three-quarters (74%) of C-suite executives believe staffing will be reduced or handled by external cloud or edge service providers.\nTop features in the data center that will lead to competitive advantage include security (43%), the ability to implement new technologies (28%) and bandwidth (27%).\n\nThese findings all indicate one thing: enterprises need to invest more in their data center and IT equipment, not less. Shutting down your data center and moving everything to AWS is a 2012 strategy that you will have to undo very quickly.\nTo be successful and nimble in this environment \u2013 pandemics not included \u2013 you need fast connectivity to multiple locations \u2013 the core data center, the edge\/IoT, and the public cloud \u2013 with the latest in AI, 5G, and hyperconverged infrastructure.\nSo, sorry CIOs, it looks like you can\u2019t get rid of that data center just yet.\nThe survey can be found here.