Sun CTO: Recession Fueling Interest in Cloud Computing, Virtualization
The global recession is forcing enterprises to look at such technologies as cloud computing, virtualization and green IT to find ways to cut costs and increase efficiencies in their data centers, according to Sun CTO Greg Papadopoulos. It's now up to vendors like Sun and groups like AFCOM to give data center administrators the information they need on cloud computing to make the right decisions. As the recession deepens, demand for cloud computing and other technologies will continue to grow.The global recession is forcing enterprises to take closer looks at data center technology that under normal economic circumstances they might have gotten around to later. Greg Papadopoulos, CTO and executive vice president of research and development at Sun Microsystems, said in an interview that IT administrators who normally might have put off investigating such technologies as cloud computing and open-source software are now are looking at them as necessary tools as budgets are cut and demands on IT grow.
"In any other time, people may say, -Yeah, I'll check out [cloud computing] in a year or so,'" Papadopoulos said. "They might decide to look into it later. But the [current] economy acts like an accelerant. It's like dropping napalm."