The economic downturn has led to more UK companies looking to outsource their data centres, according to research from Sentrum. What's more, nearly a third of companies turning to outsourcing for at least part of their data centre infrastructures have done so in the past year.

Sentrum, which, as a data centre provider has a vested interest in talking the figures up, believes that the trend towards outsourcing is one that's set to continue. "Those looking to move towards at least partial outsourcing all have done so very recently, so it appears that the financial climate has played a part," said a Sentrum spokesman. Companies aren't entirely throwing their weight behind outsourcing however, only about three percent of companies outsource all of their infrastructures to third-parties.

The spokesman said that organisations were finding that moving to an outsourced data centre did not mean that they had to lose control of the IT infrastructure, in fact, according to the survey 79 percent of managers do not think they lose control of their infrastructure, with 21 percent thinking that it would actually improve their control.