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