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

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-03-21
 
 
 

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.

Trend 1:Pre-Configured Software/Hardware

Trend 2:
Smaller, Low-end Servers Using Cell phone-type Chips

Customers are starting to think about how to use these cheaper, less-power-hungry servers with standard processors for low-end workloads. Massive cloud service providers like Google are already all over this one.

Trend 2:</b><br /><b>Smaller, Low-end Servers Using Cell phone-type Chips

Trend 3:
More Apps Moving to Virtual Machines

Almost half of all enterprise applications now are living in Virtual Machines and the trend will continue upward for a while to come.

Trend 3:</b><br /><b>More Apps Moving to Virtual Machines

Trend 4:
Virtualization Still Gaining Momentum

Globally, virtual machines will surpass physical servers in sheer numbers sometime in 2011. Credit the maturity of x86 machines for this.

Trend 4:</b><br /><b>Virtualization Still Gaining Momentum

Trend 5:
More Data Centers Being Built for the 'Consumer Cloud'

Up to now, this is by far the most successful use of cloud computing: data centers that handle high-traffic Web sites such as Google, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, Yahoo and numerous other social-networking and gaming locations. Ad-based revenue is driving this model quite nicely.

Trend 5:</b><br /><b>More Data Centers Being Built for the 'Consumer Cloud'

Trend 6:
B2B Clouds Disrupting Traditional IT Delivery Models

For example, Salesforce.com sells sales automation tools to businesses. Amazon and Rackspace are selling virtual servers to businesses. Server and networking hardware makers can't be too happy about that bigger picture even though they sell plenty of units to Amazon, Salesforce.com and Rackspace.

Trend 6:</b><br /><b>B2B Clouds Disrupting Traditional IT Delivery Models

Trend 7:
Business Analytics Gaining Traction

New, less-expensive software