Data centers are going through a rash of significant changes as operators, whether individual businesses or service providers, look to take advantage of new technologies to mitigate the impact of ever-changing workloads.
Customers want their data centers to do more numerous and more complicated operations, but they don't want to spend more money to do it. So that means 2012 will see a lot more virtualized resources, more clouds, and more new equipment, even as operators look for ways to use less power and less cooling equipment.
2012 will bring the whole concept of the data center into a new light. Continue on, and see some of the ways this will happen in the coming year.