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State of the Data Center survey report

Our State of the Data Center: 2011 special report was created from data collected by our Data Center Decisions survey.

Our State of the Data Center: 2011 special report series outlines trends in server and software purchasing, data...

center infrastructure and more. For findings and analysis on data center spending and technology adoption trends, see the contents of this special report below.

I. State of server technology and operating systems
II. State of virtualization and cloud computing
III. State of data center facilities
IV. State of systems management and data center services
V. Survey background and demographics

Article 1: State of server technology and operating systems
A continued emphasis on tight budgets has IT professionals taking a closer look at the hardware they choose for their data centers. In this article, we examine what type of server technology IT professionals are choosing and what factors influence their choice of server vendors.

Article 2: State of virtualization and cloud computing
The majority of respondents report that they are currently using virtualization technology to consolidate servers. In this article, we check the numbers to find out how IT professionals are using virtualization in their data centers, and why some say they still have no plans to virtualize.

Article 3: State of data center facilities
A data center can consume enormous amounts of power, and utility bills can account for significant portions of an IT budget. In this article, we look at the portion of our survey that asked IT professionals about their power bills and gauge their attitudes toward power conservation.

Article 4: State of systems management and data center services
Managing data center hardware and workloads is a difficult and time-consuming process, which is why IT professionals turn to a variety of systems management tools. This article explains which tasks IT professionals hope that systems management tools will help with and which types of tools they are actually buying.

Article 5: Survey background and demographics
We collected data from 1,361 respondents to our Data Center Decisions 2011 survey to bring better coverage to the issues that matter to our readers. This report summarizes the demographics of those IT professionals to shed light on the types of jobs they hold and what kind of companies they work for.


This was last published in July 2011

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