Investments in the data center, both for physical and cloud infrastructures, continued to rise in 2011 as customers looked for ways to increase the efficiency of their IT operations.
That investment came in the form of more efficient IT equipment that can help cut power and cooling costs while making data centers ready for increased migration of IT operations to cloud computing. However, that investment also caused shifts in the way IT vendors jostle for mind share as customers looked at their strategic options. Those options included the choices of which suppliers best suit their IT needs, and whether they even need to purchase new equipment going forward. Clouds, cloudbursts, consolidation and containers all contributed to changes in the way customers and suppliers approached the data center in 2011.
The following are 10 reasons why the channel remains focused on the data center.