Dramatic Data Center Denouement: Making Sense of 2009

By Jessica Davis  |  Print this article Print

From mega acquisitions to giant vertical vendor stacks to technology trends such as virtualization and cloud computing, the data center stage was set for drama in 2009. Here's a look back at some of the key plot points from this past year.

Lean and Green
Seems like one of the mantras of 2009 was "Do more with less," and that’s what going green is most often all about. Whether it’s greater energy efficiency or greater attention to recycling IT assets when they’ve come to the end of their useful lives, green was a big trend for the year. Energy efficiency made it an even easier sell because of everyone’s desire to save money in 2009.

And in spite of controversies around global warming, the move to go green in the data center is unlikely to abate anytime soon. Solution providers were no exception, as many customers looked to go green in 2009. Look for this trend to continue in 2010.

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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