IT & Network Infrastructure : Data Centers and the Cloud: 12 Trends You Need to Know
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Business Analytics Gaining Traction
New, less-expensive software