Outlook: Mostly Cloudy

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.

Outlook: Mostly Cloudy
Maybe because of the recessionary year, cloud computing has garnered a great deal of attention. That’s because if you want to start up an IT project, it’s cheaper to do it in the cloud than to invest in your own infrastructure at the outset. Seems like everyone this year was talking about the customer desire to convert their capital expenditures into operational expenditures—the old buy versus rent argument.

And cloud is all about the data center—somebody else’s data center, that is. Expect the momentum of cloud computing to continue to grow as small and midmarket businesses establish operations in the cloud and workgroups within large enterprises look at the cloud as a way to circumvent the IT organization.

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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