The Data Center is Dead, Long Live the Data Center

By Venugopal Pai

Businesses standing on the verge of specifying their next serious data center update face one serious question for CIOs – and for that matter, line of business managers as well. Can they really second guess what type of data center their businesses will require in say, 2021? And if they can’t what type of data center should they be thinking about?

Two factors

Answering such a question involves two distinct factors: what is happening with data center technology and IT generally, and where are their businesses and markets headed? For the first time, CIOs and business managers stand a good chance of getting badly out of synch with both questions, and market factors suggest it will happen sooner rather than later in the natural data center lifecycle.

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