IT & Network Infrastructure : Data Centers and the Cloud: 12 Trends You Need to Know
With the IT world in the midst of a changeover to a new standard platformclient/server to on-demand cloud servicesenterprises 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.