Data Storage: 10 Important Data Center-Related Advancements from 2011

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-12-22 Print this article Print
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We've long had data analytics, but not like what big, fast processors Apache Hadoop, Apache Cassandra and others offer. They reached near-mainstream status in 2011 and will blossom even larger in the enterprise in 2012. Keep an eye on new companies built on these, such as Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR, as well as newbies such as Birst (in-memory analytics) and Kapow (kuh-POW).
eWEEK's main headline for 2012 is "How to Control Data," and ground zero for this is the data center. Those who know how to control both the archival and current views of the data are most often the ones who come up with significant new ideas and promote business progress. IT that is progressive will gain ground in 2012. These critically important technology trends include cloud services and systems; data centers that use less electricity; the larger-than-life workloads and storage capacities we call "big data"; the increasing use of automation in systems of all kinds; the integration of business intelligence into just about everything; and the ever-growing volume of stored data in all its formats. In this slide show, eWEEK looks at data center advancements observed in 2011 and how they relate to what is anticipated for 2012. These items are in no particular order; they're all important in the big picture. Editor's note: Special thanks to Jill Eckhaus Yaoz, president of the AFCOM data center managers' association and chairperson of Data Center World. AFCOM, now a member of iNet Interactive, is devoted to providing education and resources for data center managers since 1980.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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