Channel Advantage: Diverse Tech in the Data Center

By Michael Vizard

There's more diversity than ever in the IT environment, according to the findings of a new survey conducted by Intel's Data Center Solutions group. The poll of 200 IT managers, system engineers and DevOps staff showed that more than half the respondents said their organization is now making some use of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platforms. At the same time, use of Docker containers is fairly high while OpenStack has pulled even in terms of favorability with VMware. This diversity suggests that the days when solution providers could afford to specialize in a narrow segment of data center technologies are now long over. The need for diversity may increase their overall costs. On the plus side, though, demand for IT expertise across a broad range of technologies has never been higher. In the meantime, it's unclear whether the number of technologies finding mainstream adoption is going to continue to increase or flatten out. However, regardless of the outcome, complexity has always been good to, and for, the channel. Channel Insider looks at key takeaways from the study.

This article was originally published on 2016-09-27