11 Data Center Predictions For 2011

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Public, Private, Or Hybrid -- Gotta Deal With The Cloud

Administrators and solution providers will need to adjust how they design, operate and manage data centers as customers increasingly look to cloud computing in 2011 and beyond.

If customers adopt private clouds, which seems to be the primary move to cloud computing for now, the adjustment may not be too traumatic, as it involves either bringing in new technology or repurposing existing technology in the data center, from where admins still maintain control.

But as customers push more of their data and applications to public clouds, admins could lose control of vital parts of the IT infrastructure and experience a loss of investment in their own data centers.

For hybrid clouds, which are private clouds connected to public clouds, the level of investment and control lies between the two.

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