12010 Data Center Wish List: More Money, Virtualization, Cloud Computing
Thanks to the recession, IT spending dropped 5.2 percent in 2009, according to Gartner. Data center administrators would love to see those budgets grow in 2010, but Gartner is unsure whether that’s going to happen, predicting that spending will increase 3.3 percent in the upcoming year, but reporting that more than half of CIOs say they expect their budgets to remain flat or decline in 2010.
Virtualization is a key technology for helping data center managers reduce operating and capital expenses, consolidate resources and increase overall workloads without having to spend more for hardware. Now they’re looking at VMware’s vSphere 4 and Microsoft’s Hyper-V, and they’re looking for better tools for managing those virtualized environments.
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IT professionals are telling TheInfoPro that while they may not deploy Cisco Systems’ all-in-one converged data center solution over the next six months, they are excited about the idea. Cisco, with its UCS, is only one of several OEMs-the others being Hewlett-Packard, Dell and IBM-looking to offer businesses converged data center solutions that offer greater server, storage, networking and management software integration.