The Data Center of the Future

Tuesday Dec 16th 2003 by Staff

Data centers are a major expense today and requiring a great deal of nursing to run. Tomorrow, with a little help from commodity hardware, Linux and open standards, this will be a thing of the past.

[From CIO Information Network]

Data centers already account for over half of corporate IT budgets and META Group projects a 70% increase in data center budgets over the next decade. But where that money is going has changed drastically. While servers and storage together comprised 20% of 2002 expenditures, those figures will drop in both relative and absolute terms by 2012. Software spending, meanwhile, is expected to more than double over that same time period.

But all is not well with data centers. At 25%, utilization remains low and costs cannot continue to rise at that rate without jeopardizing the rest of the IT budget. But not all the news is bad, there are several emerging trends which will permit data centers to boost performance while keeping costs under control.

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