9. Data Center Business Gets "Cloudier"
The adoption of cloud computing was a pervasive part of every facet of the development of the data center industry in 2011.
The market for cloud infrastructure equipment, including networking, compute and storage platforms for the cloud, is expected to hit $33 billion this year due to IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS adoption, according to analyst firm Synergy Research Group.
This indicates a major shift in data center spending as customers move part or all of their IT production away from dedicated equipment to shared infrastructures, either on their own premises or into third-party data centers.