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SearchDataCenter's top news stories of 2012

From IT personnel contending with a natural disaster to fanfare for a powerful new Intel processor, here are the most popular data center stories from 2012 as chosen by our readers.

As 2012 winds down, it’s time to look back at the news stories that drew the most interest from our readers. From highly anticipated product launches to a story about industrious IT personnel who avoided downtime despite a natural disaster, our readers voted with their mouse clicks to bring you this list of the most popular stories.

Service providers trade Cisco UCS for commodity gear   
Cisco’s converged infrastructure platform, dubbed Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), appeals to potential customers for its single integrated system model. However, some IT pros said the higher cost and lack of storage flexibility pushed them to use commodity hardware instead.
Ten technology trends impacting the IT industry, jobs
In June, Dave Cappuccio, managing vice president and chief of research for the Infrastructure teams with Gartner, gave his top-10 IT industry trends during the Gartner IT Infrastructure & Operations Management Summit. Among his concerns, Cappuccio said IT personnel need to figure out how to deal with making data available to demanding users who want access anywhere they are with whatever device they have available.

Intel Xeon E5-2600 delivers eight-core CPU, more memory 
In March, Intel announced the Xeon E5-2600, an eight-core CPU that delivered more processing horsepower, increased memory support and more bandwidth within the chip. As one analyst noted, the new Xeon would benefit companies with cloud computing needs or those looking to add more virtual machines on fewer servers.

Will BMC buy Puppet Labs for DevOps?  
In early August, IT management software vendor BMC Software Inc. prepared to announce an acquisition that would "extend its leadership in the DevOps space." While several signs pointed to a possible BMC-Puppet Labs merger, BMC ended up selecting VaraLogix.

HP previews ProLiant refresh as users eye Cisco UCS    
In February, Hewlett-Packard touted the new management capabilities for Generation 8 of its Proliant servers after a difficult 2011 for the company. But exasperated users who had support issues said they were fed up and were going to look elsewhere for new hardware.

Two data center hosting companies, one building and Hurricane Sandy
After Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast and caused major flooding in a Manhattan building,  feats of ingenuity and good old-fashioned elbow grease kept the fuel flowing to the generators for two data center hosting companies to keep their servers running.

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