New Mainframe, Green IT Also Big Factors
Back to the Future with New Mainframes
IBM's z System mainframes -- some using the Sun Microsystems open-source operating system OpenSolaris -- are leading the way in that revitalized sector. Because this new generation of big hunk-type machines is much more power-efficient and environmentally friendly than previous generations from the 1980s and 1990s, data centers are beginning to junk some of their older pizza-box racks and replace them with heavier-duty equipment.
"Mainframes are poised to become the default security blanket for IT as organizations squeeze even more value from this investment," Grant said.
"Management tools that encompass mainframe, distributed, virtual and cloud environments will add more value than those solely focused on the new virtual kids on the block."
Green IT: Welcome Byproduct of IT Efficiency
Green IT data center strategies will continue to be deployed -- spurred first by cost savings, secondly by environmental purpose.
Business is business: Frankly, bottom-line savings will trump anything else in importance in this tricky economy, including environmental concerns. While they are not willing to volunteer this information, many enterprises consider power savings and the shrinking of carbon footprints as simply a good byproduct of efficient data centers.
First-tier IT enterprises such as Hewlett Packard, Cisco Systems, IBM, EMC, Dell and Sun Microsystems are putting their R&D money where their mouths are. Each of those companies has a green IT division and is working to coordinate product focus toward power- and carbon-saving results.