IT & Network Infrastructure : Data Centers and the Cloud: 12 Trends You Need to Know

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-03-21 Print this article Print
Trend 1:Pre-Configured Software/Hardware

Trend 1:Pre-Configured Software/Hardware

Enterprises are looking to simplify all their IT as much as possible by buying ready-to-run appliances with pre-configured middleware and applications. This includes servers, storage arrays, and switches.
With the IT world in the midst of a changeover to a new standard platform—client/server to on-demand cloud services—enterprises are beginning to think about how to adjust or upgrade their systems to meet Internet-age processing needs. Big Data (petabyte-scale) issues of processing and storage are already being tackled by most large enterprises. Larger data workloads also are on the way to an increasing number of midrange and small businesses. Chalk up most of that to video (including high-definition), Minimal-cost or even free photos and graphics, and larger stores of business data because it's relatively inexpensive to process and archive. Companies are also finding out that storing and analyzing piles of business data can predict trends in sales, identify new markets (both virtual and geographic) and specify where the new customers may be located. IDC's Michelle Bailey outlined a number of data center and cloud computing trends at the March 15 Directions 2011 event in San Jose, which are included in this slideshow. Others were included by eWEEK's editors, who discuss these topics with analysts, vendors and IT managers on a daily basis.
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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