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Top 5 Data Center Trends for 2011

2011Now that we’re through with the winter months, it’s time to take an honest look at what to expect for the rest of the year in terms of the data center. As many companies are facing the end of their financial year, data center managers need to know what kinds of priorities to expect and what trends are peeking their heads out over the horizon.

Here’s a look at the top 5 data center trends for 2011:

1.    The recession is a financial reality. Many companies have held off on making significant investments in their data centers until the financial crisis blows over. However, for many of those companies, the recession is no longer a temporary crisis but the new reality. Chances are pretty good that some long-delayed changes are no longer optional, and you’re going to have to fight tooth and nail to get the upgrades you need to continue to deliver the same quality of service.

2.    Cost saving technologies are key. Virtualization, cloud computing, and automation remain priorities as your data center is expected to do more with less. SaaS, business analytics and provisioning are going to be essential if you’re going to meet service requirements.

3.    The cloud is settling in. While it may have been hyped for the past few years, cloud computing is truly coming into its own. It’s a generally-accepted fact that IT is shifting to cloud platforms. Figuring out which applications and operations should be shifted to the cloud will help you get out ahead of this game.

4.    Hardware is becoming more efficient. It’s continuing to become cheaper, too. Servers with greater power efficiency, as well as low-entry point “wimpy” servers are gaining ground. Servers with low-power components and a low cost will help data centers even further reduce their power and cooling footprints.

5.    The data center is becoming more and more modular. The massive data center construction projects of yesteryear are gone. In their place, data center managers find standardized components with supply-chain logistics. Industrialization of the data center comes, largely, as a response to more modular data center designs, in which the data center can be built faster and cheaper than it can be with massive construction projects.

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