Data Center Changes Come Slow and Steady

By Michael Vizard

Although there has been more innovation in the data center in the last year than any other time in recent memory, channel companies seeking to make money from technologies that promise to transform the way the data center is managed will need to be patient. It's inevitable that most of these technologies will be deployed, given the need to scale systems in the age of the cloud. But a new survey of 180 server and virtualization professionals conducted by TheInfoPro, an arm of 451 Research, finds that the rate at which new technologies are being adopted in the data center is slowing. In fact, the study indicates that most IT organizations appear to have most data center management issues under control, and for them, the desire to shift to the cloud is not all that pressing. Organizations are clearly moving toward building private clouds. But the pace of that migration could best be described as steady rather than explosive, and most of the growth is focused on software rather than hardware. In the meantime, traditional issues such as server consolidation continue to be the primary factor driving change in the data center. Channel Insider examines key takeaways from the study.

This article was originally published on 2013-12-17