Data center IT infrastructures are getting efficiency boosts from new server and storage technologies that will enable them to provide new services at lower costs and with higher performance.
Among these technologies are flash-based storage, including SSDs and flash cache appliances or PCIe cards which, when used with flash-aware applications, can provide a significant boost in storage performance at a relatively small cost. Another is system-on-chip (SOC) technology from companies like Intel, AMD and ARM-compatible vendors that allow servers to run at a fraction of the power consumption of traditional servers.
Those technologies got their introductions in 2012 or earlier. For 2013, the race will be on to adopt them in data centers to bring the efficiencies to customers as quickly as possible.