Outlook: Mostly CloudyBy Jessica Davis | 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.